…Americans Are Being Badly Served…
Activists who support radical action to combat climate change will not listen to opposing views, and will, in fact, attack anyone who tries to bring forth facts that undermine their beliefs. For example, Senator Whitehouse from Rhode Island wants to use the RICO laws to prosecute global warming skeptics.
AGW is a religion that cannot be questioned.
Because they will not listen, they are forcing the implementation of policies that are not in the best interests of most Americans.
For this reason, it will be up to ordinary Americans to stand up for their interests and stop the extreme programs being foisted on Americans at the behest of AGW extremists.
This is most evident in the policies requiring the adoption of renewables, i.e., wind and solar, for the generation of electricity, and the forced idling of nuclear, coal-fired and natural gas power plants.
America is best served by abundant, low-cost, reliable availability of electricity.
The forced adoption of wind and solar is undermining the ability to meet such an objective.
A fixation on renewables results in:
- An ever increasingly high cost for electricity
- A less reliable grid that endangers the lives of Americans
The evidence is abundantly clear, but AGW extremists will fight the truth with gobbledygook nonsense to persuade policymakers to continue with the implementation of bad policies, ostensibly to cut CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions.
But the costs go far beyond the formal LCOEs.
There are a plethora of ancillary costs needed to allow wind and solar to function, and these costs will continue to balloon as more and more wind and solar are added to the grid.
A few of these additional costs include: The use of backup power plants to fill in when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine; The need for inertia to smooth over glitches in voltage and frequency when it isn’t provided by traditional power plants; Increased investment in transmission lines; The need for storage of electricity.
Without abundant and costly storage, the over production by solar and wind is wasted, which is what is happening in California today.
The cost of electricity in California is already at least twice the cost of electricity (19 vs 10 cents per kWh per EIA) in states that rely on fossil fuels for power generations, such as Arkansas and Louisiana.
There has been widespread adoption of wind and solar generation, with some areas, such as California, New England and New York, reaching the point where the reliability of the grid is being threatened.
Blackouts can kill people. Elevators that are stuck, no street lighting or traffic lights, no heat for homes and offices, and no refrigeration are a few of the effects of blackouts.
ISO-NE has issued a warning that blackouts are likely to occur over the next few years. SoCalGas has warned that there may not be sufficient natural gas to ensure grid reliability.
ISOs have asked FERC for permission to use special features and fees to protect the grid, but AGW extremists have objected to these proposals. See, Pending Disaster
The auction system being used by several ISOs has guaranteed the adoption of wind and solar power in preference to electricity generated by nuclear, coal-fired and natural gas power plants. See, The Market for Electricity is Rigged
Unelected bureaucrats are in charge of ISOs and FERC, so the average citizen has no ability to directly control their actions.
There is serious doubt the grid can be saved from the policies being forced on Americans by AGW extremists.
Reliability of the grid and availability of low-cost electricity should not be a political issue.
Unfortunately, it has become a political issue. The PEW research center identified that the vast majority of Democrats approve of AGW policies. It is also clear that Democrat governors and legislatures have endorsed the policies promoted by AGW activists.
Some Republicans are also inclined toward adopting AGW policies. For example, the Climate Leadership Council, headed by high ranking Republicans, has proposed the adoption of a carbon tax.
But if Americans are to save the grid, it will require political action to vote the proponents of AGW policies out of office.
The issues of climate change and ISO auctions are complex, but the facts outlined above make it clear that action is required to stop the AGW extremists and to elect people who will have the interests of Americans at heart.
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