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Biden Administration Ignores Looming Disastrous “Blackout Scenario”

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The dubiously titled “bipartisan infrastructure bill” that just passed the Senate this week includes $73 billion for so-called “upgrades” to the electrical grid. However, as Energy Secretary Granholm has made clear in multiple interviews, the bulk of these dollars will be used to connect intermittent renewable energy sources to the grid. In ignoring the real problems that face the aging American grid infrastructure, the bill completely ignores a true threat to US energy security.

For the last several years, the energy grid has been bordering on the brink of disaster. Those who live in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic will remember well the Winter of 2018-19, when a so-called “polar vortex” resulted in frozen windmills, snow-covered solar panels, and energy companies asking users to voluntarily turn their home thermostats to 58 degrees. The United States came dangerously close to multi-state blackouts then. But if President Biden doesn’t heed the earlier warnings of Trump administration energy officials, the country could potentially be headed for a far worse disaster.

In particularly cold and icy conditions, power stations are often hit with both increased demand from customers trying to stay warm and added strain on the system from the extreme weather, testing the resiliency of the grid. Thankfully, in the case of 2019’s polar vortex, supply just barely met demand, avoiding the worst-case scenario for millions of Americans.

Millions of Texans weren’t so lucky last winter. In that case, subfreezing temperatures combined with an ill-timed shutdown of natural gas pipelines did result in winter blackouts. Approximately 200 people lost their lives from hypothermia or other conditions related to the cold. Meanwhile, homes and businesses without power and heat experienced extensive damage from frozen water pipes. As with the aforementioned polar vortex, an overreliance on intermittent renewable energy was a major contributing factor.

Coal plants, with their large on-site fuel reserves (coal piles), played a major role in “keeping the lights on” in both cases. Despite environmentalist pipe dreams, this nation still needs coal, particularly during extreme weather events. In fact, according to the Energy Information Administration, fossil fuel plants provided 79% of the country’s electricity in 2020, while intermittent renewable energy like wind and solar only provided about 5%. 

To help prevent the very situation that occurred in Texas last year from happening, the Trump Administration urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to conduct an in-depth study on “grid resiliency” in 2017. In the energy sector, “resiliency” refers to the grid’s capability to respond to extreme or “upset” conditions. When energy grids aren’t resilient, supply can’t meet demand, causing equipment failures and blackouts of cities and states for hours or even days.

The Trump administration asked for the study because it recognized the potential for catastrophe that premature closure of coal plants could create. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said at the time that “a reliable and resilient electrical grid is critical not only to our national and economic security, but also to the everyday lives of American families,” going on to emphasize how “a diverse mix of power generation resources, including those with on-site reserves, is essential to the reliable delivery of electricity.”

Unfortunately, the Commission (which included commissioners appointed by Democrats) didn’t act swiftly. In fact, they didn’t act at all. Then in February of this year, as soon as the Biden administration came into office and appointed a new FERC chair, the study was canceled. Incredibly, the cancelation was in the midst of the Texas emergency – an emergency Secretary Perry had urged the Commission to prepare for.

Neal Chatterjee, FERC Chairman under President Trump and now a FERC Commissioner, understood what a mistake it was to cancel the study, saying that “we are failing the American people by kicking this can further down the road in the middle of a crisis affecting millions of Americans.”

Coal plant retirements notwithstanding, the Biden administration is ignoring a serious concern about the health and reliability of America’s remaining coal fleet. These plants are being forced to operate in an intermittent fashion beyond their design capabilities. Why? Because regulations favor renewable energy, including wind and solar – the very energy sources that millions of Texans found out the hard way that they couldn’t rely on last year.

Our coal fleet was designed to run at full capacity, 24 hours a day, for months on end without interruption. The coal plants and the people that staff them are very good at doing that.

But because of misguided left-wing policies that give renewables first priority, solar and wind generators are allowed to dump their subsidized power onto the grid during peak generation. When this happens, coal plants are forced to operate at a greatly reduced capacity. According to industry experts, this type of operation can result in permanent damage to coal plants that may cause equipment failures at a time when those plants are needed most.

Consumers and voters would be wise to understand that policy makers, politicians, and regulators are making decisions about grid resilience while enjoying a stable grid built on a foundation of fossil fuels. It is very easy to make idealistic pronouncements about being carbon free as one sits in an air-conditioned office on Capitol Hill. But when the air conditioning shuts down and the lights go out, we may find those decisions were dangerously out of touch with reality.

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Lisa
2 months ago

Republicans mascot an elephant!! What a deceitful image! They can’t stop stomping on their own feet let alone stomping on us with their leadership with the donkey democrats!! Chicken littles!! We Americans need to do the stomping out of both parties to see One Nation Under God with our constitution and freedom! Kindergartens at play!! Make sure kindergartens don’t go to school, they’re find out how they play and kick ass and stomp them out!! What a disgrace !!

Karen
2 months ago

What makes you think that the boob in the White House would take care of this too! He can’t freaking do anything else. Time to get out Biden…….clock is ticking!

clara
2 months ago

yOU REPUBLICANS ALREADY HAVE SO LITTLE POWER IN THE FED GOVTS. YOU CANNOT STOP A THREE TRILLION BILL FROM RACING THRU–INSTEAD OF SITTING ON THE WEB AND BULL SH–TING WHY DON’T YTOU DO ACTION INSTEAD?AT LEAST W3HEN WE ARE ALL DEAD OUR TRAPPED RELATIVES WILL SAY”AT LEAST THEY TRIED TO SAVE IT,TOO LATE., AT THE END!!””

HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE TAPPED POWER OR INFLUENCE IN THE PENTAGON?? \
WHAT IS THE BLOODY PENTAGON AND FED GOVT MILITARY DOING RIGHT NOW??IS EVERY REPUBLICAN IN OFFICE COMPLETELY CUT AWAY FROM OUR MILITARY??IS THAT OUR FATE EVERY REPUB WAS SO CUT OFF FROM THE PENTAGON AND HIGH UP MILITARY THAT YOU ARE IMPOTENT??
HEY IM An old female aND DO I HAVE TO JAB YOU GUYS IN THE GUT???where are your male guts??!!NO ONE HAs any connection to the military??for god’s sake no wonder we’re failing into the red pit!!

Matt
2 months ago
Reply to  clara

If you want your voice to be heard, you might try starting with understandable English, well-crafted sentences, decent punctuation, and correct spelling. That’s just for starters . . . .

rjb
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Say Matt when the shooting I pray you are in someone’s gun sights. Not only you but every member of your no good family. You have no idea who your enemy is and the only force you have is a paper ballot. your head will role in the streets of America and the sooner it starts the better. Your education your money your idols to what ever god you don’t have. Better start putting up that big fence to keep you safe for your haughty balls will be pulled through your ass out of you educated mouth. suggest you make a woke statement of amends to CLARA. Before you make the eternal cancel list democrat piece of crap.

45ROCKS
1 month ago
Reply to  rjb

You and clara were made for each other. clara’s rant was useless to everyone except, apparently, you. Who the h-ell do you think you are disparaging Matt because of his comment to clara? You’re nothing but a two-bit jerk off proving it by your first sentence praying that Matt is in someone’s cross-hairs (gun sights). You’re demented and are acting like a leftist jackass.

rjb
1 month ago
Reply to  45ROCKS

rock for brain you progressive crap America knows how many piles of crap Biden has piles up across America from the failed collage education systems working its way into secondary school systems. Just like cancer you and your like must be cut out by the whoever loves their Freedom over your brand of SLAVERY. ANTIFA AND BLM ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN ENGINDER FEAR TO RULE. YOU HAVE TAUGHT AMERICA WHAT WORKS WELL AND AMERICA KNOWS HER ENEMIES WELL NOW NOW NOW WE ARE WOKE WOKE WOKE. GO SMOKE YOUR JOINT BEFORE SOMEONE TAKES YOUR ROCK HEAD OFF OFF OFF. AMERICA HAS SEEN THE ONLY WAY TO FIGHT FIRE IS WITH FIRE. THE ONLY DEMENTED ONES ARE YOU YOUR CURRENT COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND HIS DEMOCRAT MENIONS.

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Lee S McQuillen
1 month ago
Reply to  45ROCKS

Stop the name calling. Seems you’re not better going by what you just wrote.

prz
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Well aren’t you the uppity dit?

Lee S McQuillen
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt

No need to criticize the writer. It was easy to understand what she was getting at. Are you perfect?

Jesse Tiede
2 months ago

Yeah, don’t worry about them! It’s just 200 Texans who died… ” Liberal Democrat a-holes…(I’m a Texan, by the way! My wife of almost 50 years lives on oxygen, but the power company7, who KNEW she needed power for her air concentrator, didn’t seem to give a crap, and they turned our power off for almost 48 hours. Asshat liberals and their asshat “Save the World! Kill the Texans” bullshit…

Pete from St Pete
2 months ago

If any of our enemies decided to attack the US they would start by exploding nuclear weapons at high altitude over our country which would generate electromagnetic pulses that would wipe out our electric grid for a long time. If the sun emitted an EMP in exactly the right direction, it could do the same thing. Our government is well aware of this problem and could reduce the problem by hardening key points of the grid. Any money allocated to improve the grid that does not address this problem is a dereliction of duty by our law makers.

PaulE
2 months ago

No money allocated for that. Yes, it has been a known issue for years, but it isn’t something that sounds sexy in a 60 second ad asking for a campaign donation. So zero priority from the politicians.

Jesse Tiede
2 months ago

Those who hold power positions seem to want to kill off the excess population, to leave more resources for them! This would be the 1%, in which there are more Democrats than Republicans (TRUTH!) and ALL the politicians seem to just want to maintain the Democrat Status Quo… About time to flush every single politician currently serving, and elect some new ones, with TERM LIMITS!

Jim Jones
2 months ago

Miss President Reagan

Moonpup
2 months ago

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) 2020 Natural Gas Annual reports that the volume of U.S. natural gas that was vented and flared in 2019 was 1.48 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). As I understand it, this gas does not produce energy but was just wasted, it may be simplistic but it would seem to me that is sad. I’m a former coal miner who was put out of work due to government interference/regulation.

JohnH
2 months ago

Article states in 2020, fossil fuels supplied 79% of our electricity & wind/solar 5%. Was the remaining 16% from Hydroelectric dams, which is our cleanest & cheapest power source. Biden admin. needs to take a hard look at these numbers before Green Deal gets rid of fossil fuels, as the year 2020 was only one year ago. AMERICA needs a plan that will keep us operating.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

Hint JohnH it’s nuclear that makes up 12 percent and 3 percent from hydroelectric.

Luke
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

Good observation. Yes, Hydro and nuclear made up the rest.

JohnH
2 months ago

Watching news about a month ago, several of the power grid stations have $1 Billion transformers that we buy from China & take a year to build (weight 500-tons). Sounds like none are built in USA at this time. It should be top priority of the POTUS to protect our grid system from Cyberattacks. We have been warned & we should act offensively to stop all these attacks in USA.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

That was an identified issue of President Trump that he was working on with a couple of major U.S. manufacturing firms before he was replaced by Joe “What day of the week is this” Biden. Since Biden was sworn in, he has dropped that effort completely. We are back to being completely dependent on China.

JohnH
2 months ago

Biden infra. bill is to mainly install electric battery charging stations in US. The biggest worry in my opinion is Cyberattack that could shut our power grids down. That is where our money & security forces should spend time & money. If our power grid is shut down, it does not matter what source of power comes from. The Colonial pipeline attack & ensuing problems should be a wake-up call to Washington,DC and POTUS.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

Then you shouldn’t have voted for Biden or sat home last November, because you couldn’t get over Trump’s tweets. Actions have consequences and people like you are why we have this mess now. All we’re going to see from Biden is whatever Bernie Sanders and AOC wants, NOT what America actually needs. So sit back and enjoy the POTUS you helped put into office. It doesn’t get any better from here on out.

Ron Howard
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Well stated, PaulE.

JOHN
2 months ago

REMEMBER….. Communism, like Socialism is FOR The People! It is NOT for the Communists or Socialists because THEY do not live by the rules they use to enforce over WE THE PEOPLE!

Mario Capparuccini
2 months ago

The rich tech oligarchs that run the Democratic Party will not suffer if a blackout occurs because they have the resources to generate their own power. They do not care a rat’s whisker about the rest of us. What do I care about global warming when the temperature is -10 degrees Fahrenheit and there is no power? I fail to understand why rational intelligent human beings vote for these Democratic idiots.

Raesheila
2 months ago

I believe that the group running the Country believes that this time on Earth is their Heaven…you know…the saying…”I have one life to live”…and they live selfishly…God knows that it is difficult…for a rich person to get into Heaven…and God also knows what’s happening in the world…
I also…get angry and frustrated…but when I read the comments…I realize that most citizens are feeling the same hurt and neglect…I relate…It is so difficult to remain hopeful…

Tikvah
2 months ago
Reply to  Raesheila

Raesheila-the feelings of hurt and neglect, distrust, are part of the big picture. People all over the world are becoming disgruntled towards their leaders, opening the door for the “perfect leader” to emerge and a one-world-government to be established.

Clyde Mahan
2 months ago

I have worked as an operator in the power generation industry my entire career. I started back in 1980 when things were controlled by the Public Utility Commission. Lots of things have changed since then! We need more natural gas fired peaker plants that have the capability of almost instantaneous production to meet grid spikes and/or major plant trips and outages. Natural gas fired combustion turbines are not as vulnerable to unseasonable cold weather due to the absence of large steam and water systems, They are, however, subject to the supply of natural gas. During times of extreme cold, natural gas may be expensive, but still available to efficiently produce electricity. Solar and wind (renewables) are NOT reliable energy producers and are NOT efficient. True Environmentalists understand that solar and wind will not meet demands.

JohnH
2 months ago
Reply to  Clyde Mahan

Thanks for sharing your experience. We saw first hand the problems in Texas last winter when their power grid went down & people were freezing/water pipes breaking. I hope that the utility companies have winterized these plants so this does not happen again. That is a lesson that all Americans should study & listen to . If you identify a problem, fix it to prevent the problem from the future.

Ron Howard
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

My father used to say, “Many things that work in theory do not work in practice”. So called Renewable Energy is one of those!

Steven H
2 months ago

I think he’s “ignoring” things on purpose to kill this country. He ignores the border crisis. Gas and other commodities prices are rising. It’s all intended to create dependence on the government so the Dems stay in power.

JohnH
2 months ago
Reply to  Steven H

When Colonial pipeline shut down from Cyberattack this year, the price of gas went up about $1/gallon and has not come down since all over the USA. That was a strong warning to this country. Then Biden signed ExecOrder first week to stop Keystone Pipeline & then after that said he was okay with Russia pipeline to Germany. Very confusing

Ron Howard
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

I would say it wasn’t confusing, but telling. I am happy to see that you seem to be suddenly recognizing many of the problems caused by the Biden Administration, even if too late.

Lindsey C Goff
2 months ago

In all the comments I read on here, not ONE person has hit on who is actually running this country: Obama and Soros. I wrote two of my Senators and neither one addressed in their replies why George Soros is allowed to remain in this country while funding other countries to send their criminals, abandoned children, and other illegals here to tear the US down, to bankrupt the US, and to expect honest taxpayers to take care of them for free. American voters apathy got us where we are and it will stay that way until legal AMERICANS STAND UP for their country. We need to stop pointing fingers and placing blame. We have only ourselves to account for the problems our precious country is now facing. As Earl Pitts says: STAND UP AMERIKA!!!! I say: PAT PAULSEN FOR PRESIDENT!!!

Karl
2 months ago
Reply to  Lindsey C Goff

I wondering myself why has nobody executed Soros yet he is living in Westchester County NY

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  Karl

Due north of White Plains in fact with another infamous couple claiming residence there as well & each has his/her own private Secret Service protection, imagine that…
Oh, the fantasies I have about all (3) of these miscreants, thoughts I dare not put in writing in these threads in fact…
The ( 3 ) people I’m referring to here are responsible for the deaths of uncounted numbers of people to date, both here at home & abroad & yet they are still walking this earth, unbelievable…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

Bonnie
2 months ago

You are so correct sir.

JOHN
2 months ago

A well placed 80mm Mortar round would solve a myriad of problems?

rjb
2 months ago
Reply to  Karl

A good long gun will take care of Soros. Any ex-military knows that and there are millions and millions of them in America. Sleep tight George, in your deep deep deep bunker. Day light not good for your health. May be down right deadly, but you love your darkness anyway, and your green or gold will never be enough to keep you safe. Time for the long guns to go to the range and practice practice practice

James
2 months ago

the people do not care about the Communists who are destroying The United States.. lets just wait and vote in the Mid-Term elections.. We will not last till November 2022.. These Communist democrats have took over in less than 7 months.. RIP …

Tyranny of the FEW

Cowardice of the Many

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  James

Yes James, a vast percentage of the American public has become soft, weak-willed and too apathetic or cowardly to act even in the face of an obvious, open and immediate threat to the fundamental integrity of the country. They just sit there and think all they have to do is wait patiently until the 2022 elections roll around and then everything will be magically fixed.

Well all this transformative legislation, that is being enacted into law, doesn’t magically go away, even if the Republicans win back both houses of Congress after the mid-terms. It would all have to be repealed and all the new government programs being formed would have to be completely dismantled. Does anyone honestly think that is going to occur? Washington is fast to pass spending bills, but they are very s-l-o-w to ever repeal any legislation.

Have people really NOT learned anything from the farce that was known as the repeal of Obamacare in 2017. Most of the Republicans couldn’t get out of their own way (intentionally because they didn’t want to be known as the party that took the “free stuff” away or be accused of “not being nice”), as they did their best impression of the Keystone Cops. The entire first year of Trump’s presidency was wasted in waiting for what both Ryan and McConnell promised Trump and the American people would be a quick fix. Well Obamacare, which is still with us in thousands of pages of CMS rules and regs to the medical sector of our economy, would be child’s play compared to all the new government programs being created in the last 7 months. With more on the way!

At the rate the left is intentionally ramming through permanent transformational changes to our country, they will have locked in enough permanent changes to ensure will be locked into a socialist model of governance.

P.S.

I think you summed things up quite accurately.

James
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Thanks for explaining things.. so all who can read, should be able to understand what is taking place.. God Bless America I pray…

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  James

I have found over the years, that sometimes we have to literally spell out things out in almost step-by-step detail for some people to fully understand something. It takes a bit more effort, but sometimes it’s the only way to get everyone on the same page.

Too many people here seem to erroneously think that the 2022 elections will result in everything bad being currently enacted just magically being wiped away. It of course won’t be as I explained. Washington very rarely repeals programs or pretty much anything once things are initially funded. So the best option is to prevent that legislation from ever being passed and signed into law in the first place. Which in this case, the 19 Republicans who assisted the Democrats sold out the American people for a few scraps of infrastructure spending, did us no favors and actually caused quite a bit of harm.

I don’t necessarily fault the average person for this misperception, as the politicians continuously gloss of this reality in their bid to get back into control. For a lot of them, this is a game they have to play with the voters every few years. Make vague promises and then follow through on almost none of them. It’s what almost all politicians do, which is why I’m highly selective in whom I support. There are literally only a couple of handfuls of politicians in Washington worth anything. The rest are just parasites living off the American taxpayer’s dime.

Last edited 2 months ago by PaulE
Max
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Paul, thanks again for your input. Those of us that belong to AMAC need to recruit more Americans that care and get the word out. I have done plenty to increase people’s concerns of what is happening.

James
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Agree

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Once again Paul, you rarely disappoint in your analysis of things… I just wanted to add, it was ( 20 ) RINO’s that signed onto the ” infrastructure bill ” with Lyndsey Graham & Senator Grassley signing on towards the end…Now they can go on ” summer recess… ” on our dime of coarse, since we pay their salaries & benefits…
Bill on the Hill…

Bonnie
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

So what is the solution? Millions of people (including me) are fed up and WANT to actually DO something about this mess, but I find myself seemingly alone in a sea of liberals just getting the freedom squashed out of me.

JohnH
2 months ago
Reply to  James

Do not give up so easily. You start out “the people do not care” & that is wrong because I am convinced that large percentage do care & I am one of the people. Write or call your representatives and voice your opinions, vote in every election, but do not give in so easily after 7-months.

Rod Dow
2 months ago

The Biden administration is ignoring everything that threatens America.Midterms are coming up, one way to stop this is to “dump the Dems” and return control of the house and Senate to the republicans.The progressive socialists are a real and present threat to the freedoms we still have.There is still hope if all freedom loving patriotic Americans stand together.”United We Stand, Divided We Fall”……… and Biden and his administration is doing all they can to divide this once united nation. Wars, natural disasters, pandemics, foreign attacks on our soil, and political corruption were once events that united this country. Regardless of race, creed, or ethnicity. America came together for a common good……… To help one another and this country .Political and personal agendas were not priority, uniting the country was. Dump The Dems and take America back !

Nitecat
2 months ago

Even without an EMP attack , a coordinated attack on many unguarded electrical sub – stations in ordinary neighborhoods all over a region could leave huge areas blacked out for years , as afterward we find out that all the critical components come from … China ! – The Federal government has been aware of this for over twenty years.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Nitecat

Yes, most utility companies don’t keep any significant inventories of large, expensive, critical parts. You are correct that this issue has been widely known for over 20 years now. So the United States would be forced to go begging to China, which is really the sole manufacturer of industrial grade transformers and other critical components for the our national power grid, to sell us everything at highly inflated prices and on the schedule that pleases China. That is if they feel disposed to agree to sell us anything.

james michalicek
2 months ago

If you people were as patriotic as you pretend to be you would not be joining the rest of the news media by ignoring Mike Lindell. You would be demanding removal of Biden and imprisonment of the guilty members of the Biden crime organization.

PaulE
2 months ago

I don’t disagree with a word you said.

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