The Daily Caller reported during the late July heat wave in California:
California’s grid operator is asking customers to limit electricity use during peak hours to help keep power flowing as a “heat dome” settles over the southwestern U.S.
But they were warned of this months ago.
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) warned in May that California faced “significant risk of encountering operating conditions that could result in operating reserve shortfalls.”
Expected power demand is expected to outstrip California’s available generating capacity by about 5,000 megawatts on Tuesday, according to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).
… This is exactly what NERC warned about, based on CAISO’s own assessment earlier this year. NERC found an increased risk of rolling blackouts as “a result of lower hydro conditions and the retirement of 789 MW of dispatchable natural gas generation that had been available in prior summers to meet high load conditions.”
“Natural gas limitations and pipeline outages could exacerbate these conditions,” NERC found.
These ‘shortfalls’ are easily explained. The power grid certainly was stressed by high demand for air conditioning but it is stressed in other places too. The core problem is the slow degradation of our national energy supply at the hands of environmentalists. This is particularly acute in California.
California and other states are shutting down reliable and safe coal, natural gas and nuclear power plants and replacing them with expensive, unreliable and intermittent solar and wind power.
Ironically inefficient, taxpayer-subsidized ‘green’ energy is flourishing in California where electric cars are being subsidized, encouraged, glamorized and manufactured, adding significantly to the load on the electrical grid. Nikitas3.com calculates that an electric car can use up to 10 times as much energy(!) to move the same distance as a gasoline-powered car of the same weight.
Regarding nuclear power, which has been demonized for decades by the ‘greenies’, allow Nikitas3.com to let you in on the truth:
Not a single person has been killed by nuclear power in Europe, the United States or Japan over the last 60 years. Nobody has ever died from the radiation at Fukushima or Three Mile Island. The worst nuclear power plant accident ever, at Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union in 1986, killed only 31 people and that happened because the plant was built without elementary safeguards, i.e., typical communist junk. Otherwise it would have killed nobody.
Meanwhile the ‘greenies’ have claimed for decades that such an accident would kill millions.
At the same time tens of millions of people die every single year at the hands of “mother nature” in disease, heat, cold, hurricanes, tornados, storms, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. More than 18,000 Japanese died in the 2011 tsunami that destabilized the Fukushima reactor yet the Fake News media never talk about those deaths but focus only on radiation, which has killed nobody.
Then the ‘greenies’ tell us that nuclear power is dangerous and that ‘mother nature’ is benign.
The opposite is true. Nature is the most brutal killer of all. Don’t let the ‘greenies’ fool you. Reuters reported about California:
California’s power grid operator on Monday issued an alert to homes and businesses to conserve electricity on Tuesday and Wednesday when a heat wave is expected to blanket the state.
… The ISO said consumers “can help avoid power interruptions” by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 5 p.m. and after 9 p.m., and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.
(Natural gas) supplies are expected to remain tight in Southern California this summer and winter due to reduced availability from SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon storage facility in Los Angeles, following a massive leak between October 2015 and February 2016, and ongoing shutdowns of several pipelines.
This is another feint. The real reason that natural gas supplies are tight is that ‘greenies’ have done everything in their power to obstruct the drilling of new gas wells using the super-efficient ‘fracking’ process, and then they attempt to halt the construction of pipelines to efficiently transport crude oil, gasoline and natural gas.
California has more installed ‘green’ energy capacity than just about any other place on earth. So it should have limitless “free” energy from the sun and wind, right?
Wrong. Environmentalists like to say that “thousands of times more solar energy falls on the earth every day than the total output of all of the power plants combined”.
This may or may not be true but that is not the issue. The real issue is how much it costs to “convert” weak and diffuse solar energy to usable energy and how much land has to be blanketed in solar panels. When people see what the real facts are, they reject solar.
The cost of solar is astronomical. That is why every solar panel has to be subsidized in multiple ways by taxpayers, ratepayers and utilities. So why do ‘greenies’ continue to advocate inefficient solar energy and wind power?
Answer: Because they are getting rich off of the taxpayers and non-solar ratepayers who subsidize ‘green’ energy. This leaves the rest of us holding the bag with scarcity of supply, high costs and blackouts. Then they blame extraneous factors like air conditioning, pipeline leaks and natural gas storage limitations for energy shortages in California.
Meanwhile a recent Gallup poll showed that ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’ are of virtually no concern whatsoever to voters. The New American website reports:
A Gallup poll of 1,033 adults conducted by telephone from July 1-11, 2018, asked those polled what they thought was the most important problem facing our country. Although the respondents came up with different 36 answers, “climate change” was notable by its absence. Only two percent of those polled even mentioned the environment at all, under a vague designation, “Environment/Pollution.”
Imagine how disappointing this is to the alarmists who have devoted every minute of every day to spreading this ‘climate’ propaganda for several decades.
Look at this from the NewsBusters website:
Liberal MSNBC journalist Chris Hayes admitted reality on Tuesday and tweeted that haranguing people about global warming is a “ratings killer.”
After tweeting about the “disaster” that is climate change, he was called out for not doing stories (on) his MSNBC show, All In. Hayes responded by lamenting how warming stories harm his ratings.
This is true since Americans long ago tired of being harangued over everything we say and do by the ‘greenies’ who are nothing but obnoxious nags. But back in 2012 Hayes said:
Climate change is the biggest governing challenge we face. It’s the biggest governing challenge I think we’ve ever faced. One way or another, we’re going to have to dramatically reduce the amount of carbon we’re putting in the atmosphere and the scale and scope of that undertaking is every bit as transformational as the industrial revolution or the transition to the digital age.
Notice he calls it “the biggest governing challenge”. In other words liberals know that ‘climate change’ is not about the environment but that it is about cultivating government power.
‘Climate change’ and ‘global warming’ and ‘rising sea levels’ are all hoaxes. The weather and the climate have been “changing” since man has been on this earth and long before the burning of oil, natural gas and coal on which current ‘climate change’ is being blamed.