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Britain Faces ´Winter of Blackouts´
As Firms Are Asked to Ration Electricity

Breitbart London, by Donna Rachel Edmunds

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Posted By:MDMuskrat, 9/3/2014 10:27:01 PM

"The chickens are coming home to roost". So said the Ukip energy spokesman, commenting on the news that businesses are being asked to join a 1970s style energy rationing program this winter to stop Britain being plunged into darkness. Offices and factories will be offered compensation to shut down for four hours a day so that energy can instead be diverted to households. The scheme, reported in the Daily Mail, is part of a series of measures set to be taken by National Grid which also includes asking owners of decommissioned gas, coal and oil power stations to turn them

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 9/3/2014 10:44:51 PM     (No. 9992762)

Do you know what socialists used before candles?
Electricity.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tren9, 9/3/2014 10:47:31 PM     (No. 9992765)

Who is John Galt???


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Butch, 9/3/2014 10:47:39 PM     (No. 9992767)

Obama must be thrilled. After all, he boasted during the 2008 campaign that electricity prices will necessarily double and triple under his "environmental plan." They have. And what could be better than electricity shortages in cold, rainy Britain in wintertime? Rationing electricity by "asking" firms to ration their use of electricity isn´t much different from California´s crack-brained "rolling blackout" schemes in summertime.

Apparently, the Left thinks that skyrocketing energy prices and potentially life-threatening shortages of electricity are a really good thing - and they´re succeeding beyond their wildest dreams.

The Left is certifiably crazy. When will the rest of us shout: "Enough already!"?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: fayebeck, 9/3/2014 11:26:25 PM     (No. 9992798)

And to think that most of us conservatives heard for the most of our lives that we want to "go back to the dark ages". Now it´s called progress and "saving the planet". Damn liberals to hell.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: devnull, 9/3/2014 11:29:09 PM     (No. 9992803)

More solar farms.... yeah, that´s the ticket.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: HPmatt, 9/3/2014 11:32:01 PM     (No. 9992806)

I heard that the US power plants being decomissioned are having their steam boilers destroyed, so the plants can never be brought back online.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: oh-heck, 9/3/2014 11:36:37 PM     (No. 9992809)

Why are they so concerned about the cold? Haven´t they been telling us the world has a fever? The approach used by Great Britain, Europe, and the EPA is flawed. You are allowed to run a grandfathered facility, polluting wildly until the day it can no longer be operated. To reduce pollution in the meantime you grant great subsidies for alternatives that uncertain reliability, and discover in use that actual average output is 20% of nameplate. It would be far better to add natural gas to the most modern coal plants to create a coal/gas combined cycle power plant with greater efficiency, 40% more power output, 30% lower NOx and SOx, and slightly lower CO2 emissions. Come visit Texas and learn how a negotiated flexible permitting allows plants to add more efficient trains while operating the fully capitalized units and managing pollution output such that they meet the requirements. No one wins when obsolete plants continue to pump out pollution and then are shuttered leaving a power void.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly, 9/3/2014 11:38:22 PM     (No. 9992812)

Coning soon to a country near you.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 9/3/2014 11:57:37 PM     (No. 9992820)

I was home for Christmas in 1973. Rolling blackouts were manageable for most people. It was a little difficult to walk down to the pub, there being no street lights, but once there you could have a drink by candlelight and warm yourself by the dancing flames of the coal fire. People were stoic and cheerful. But it was less than 30 years after the end of the war and people were still happy just to have a roof over their heads.

This time it´s different. Millions more people, considerably less gas and electricity--and a very different character to the country and the world.

Our electricity bill came today, ratcheted up again. Five coal-fired plants shut down in the state in the last two years. Frightening. We´ve had over 90-degree daytime temperatures for so long, I forget how long it´s been--day after day after day. We try to ration the AC but then the humidity goes up and the air is too thick and turgid to move--and so am I. Old age does bad things to the body´s ability to change its temperature.

Power cuts won´t be so bad this winter--we cut down a wild cherry tree and the wood is stored in the outside garage, alongside some two-year old oak. Might be a bit more when the temperature goes down and I can do some work outside--trim some trees, cut up some branches.

The scenario in Britain will surely be ours too before very long. I dread next summer, even with patio misters and umbrella screens to keep us cool and bug free. For now, though, I have to think about having an energy-efficient, multi-fuel stove installed. Recommendations welcome!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: StuartL, 9/4/2014 12:41:10 AM     (No. 9992830)

Here´s hoping #9´s patio misters don´t run on mains power...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: leonardo, 9/4/2014 12:56:24 AM     (No. 9992836)

These "green" saboteurs will not be satisfied until equality of misery is achieved ... but the "snail-darter" will be saved.
Those who compel us, via cynical and corrupt politicians, to fix what is not broken (climate), to satisfy their obsession to think well of themselves for their good intentions, will destroy us if we do not rid ourselves of them.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Safari Man, 9/4/2014 2:25:02 AM     (No. 9992850)

What they need are more Teslas. Get short TSLA.



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Reply 13 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 9/4/2014 2:37:04 AM     (No. 9992853)

#10--lol! No. As long as there´s water coming through the pipes, we can run the things. There are several types--the inexpensive little Cobras are quite effective. (See Amazon for pictures.) And I have a stash of D batteries for small fans. And solar panels. They´re really emergency stash items in case of a hurricane taking out power--in August, say.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 9/4/2014 3:28:29 AM     (No. 9992862)

Agree, #3. When will people say "enough!"?

We´ve received our electric and our heating/hot water utility budgets for the year beginning this month. Both up by quite large amounts.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Trigger2, 9/4/2014 5:52:53 AM     (No. 9992888)

What? You mean all those windmills didn´t save the electricity for Britain? No wonder that new political party is gaining clout. Citizens are fed up with socialism.

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