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Get Ready for the New
England Power Shortage

American Spectator, by William Tucker

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/18/2014 4:47:00 AM

In 1980, under the first administration of Governor Jerry Brown, California decided it wasn’t going to build any more power plants but would follow Amory Lovins’ “soft path,” opting instead for conservation and renewable energy. By 2000, with the new digital economy sucking up electricity, a drought in the Pacific Northwest cut hydropower output and the state found itself facing the Great California Electrical Shortage. You know what happened next. For weeks the Golden State struggled to find enough electricity to power its traffic lights. Brownouts and blackouts cascaded across the state while businesses fired up smoke-belching diesel generators to keep

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: John c, 7/18/2014 5:44:31 AM     (No. 9929740)

Bad, bad coal, no gas pipelines, hope for hydro power from Canada with a huge bill to pay for the transmission capacity, but by G_d, we are building good green windmills. Bad decisions based on a lie and stupidity.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pearson365, 7/18/2014 6:57:42 AM     (No. 9929802)

How did such a small percentage of people who despise progress, people, freedom, religion and themselves with such passion become so influential in NE and iWashington DC? These freaks of nature are determined to erase all of the incredible, life bettering and life extending progress our society has made over the past 150 years in order to somehow protect "nature". Sustainable energy will not sustain our way of living, which is surely why such "green" policies are being forced on us by people who would prefer that we be red and dead.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: gasmeterguy, 7/18/2014 7:13:25 AM     (No. 9929823)

The South has TVA. TVA provides relatively cheap electricity. Perhaps this cheap electricity is why industry is relocating into this region.

I was wondering why Nissan picked Nashville as their new North American Operations headquarters.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: varkdriver, 7/18/2014 7:23:51 AM     (No. 9929837)

Nuke power, baby; clean and plentiful. May never happen, I know, but things have a way of turning around when enough pressure [high energy bills] is applied.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: harleynyc, 7/18/2014 8:33:48 AM     (No. 9929948)

As an ex-maniac, I can tell you living in Maine felt like living under communist rule.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MattMusson, 7/18/2014 8:41:22 AM     (No. 9929959)

Energy Suicide.

"Things are going to be tricky around here for the next four or five years."

You idiot. The people of New England are screwed for at least a decade - possibly two. And, they will be surviving on whatever electricity that Canada will send them. (Which is hypocritical as sh#te!)

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Reply 7 - Posted by: kafir091101, 7/18/2014 8:42:14 AM     (No. 9929960)

Everybody should have their own wood/coal burning steam generator to heat their homes and run a turbine powered electric generator.

Suburbanites could form coops to share steam and out of work fathers could drive back and forth to coal country with loads of coal in their crossovers.

The wetbacks could then be turned into indentured servants to stoke the fires and take out the ashes and we could all live on food stamps and Medicaid!

Sarcastic post? Yes but that´s the type of world we are headed for!

Since I live on 40 acres of forest, I´ll stick with wood only and scare off the wetbacks with my many assault rifles!

Kafir

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Reply 8 - Posted by: craige, 7/18/2014 9:45:46 AM     (No. 9930074)

California can purchase out of state electricity. It seems New England cannot, due to green opposition to new power lines from Canada.

Wanting something, but being unwilling to pay the price, is juvenile (or narcissist). Such a denial of reality, is a type of insanity. I have actually seen a liberal friend put his hands over his ears and yell, when faced with undeniable logic.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mathman, 7/18/2014 10:39:38 AM     (No. 9930154)

The citizens of New England have become accustomed to electric power being easily available. When you don´t make your own and can´t import someone else´s, you simply don´t have enough any more.
That is an extremely simple equation.
Regions will go dark this winter. There will be Congressional investigations, but the power will remain off. Dims will have a field day blaming speculators, but New Englanders will not find out about it, as there will be no television, no radio, and no newspapers.
Whee!
It is called reaping what you sow.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 7/18/2014 12:29:10 PM     (No. 9930309)

FTA: Finally, a continual barrage of protests and legislative attacks has persuaded Mississippi-based Entergy to close the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Station and “let the Yankees freeze in the dark,” as they used to say in Texas and Louisiana.

Great line, New England will discover how dirty their policy is when the whole region depends on wood burning stoves.

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