Brought Down By Good Intentions
I’ve warned you many times that our power grid is unstable. The infrastructure is old. The security protecting the grid is porous. The amount of power it is able to supply is just barely outstrips the demands we place on it.
And demand is growing, while supply is being deliberately hampered.
In the coming years, you’ll see my predictions begin to take shape.
The grid is going to become more unreliable. More unstable.
And prices are going to go up.
You read that right. You’re going to pay more for a lower quality product.
You can thank green energy policies for this unfortunate turn of events.
Government Attacks 86% Of Our Power Supply
Let’s look at some basic facts.
Power companies meet demand by tapping into power plants to supply electricity when people need it. To do this, they count on plants to be able to provide more energy at a moment’s notice. As demand shifts, so does the supply of power running through the grid.
The types of power plants that have the capability to quickly adjust to meet swings in demand are natural gas, coal powered, hydroelectric, and nuclear.
Currently these types of plants provide more than 86% of the nation’s power needs. And for the most part—despite the shortcomings of our grid infrastructure—they do a reliable job.
Unfortunately, the EPA has other ideas.
The EPA keeps passing regulations to “improve” coal-fired power plants. These regulations, on the surface, are meant to force coal-fired power plants to become cleaner energy producers. What these regulations are really doing is forcing coal-fired power plants to shut down. And they’re also preventing new plants from opening.
The EPA—an arm of the executive branch of government—is responsible for policies that may force 40% of the nation’s power generation to come to a standstill. In any other country, such a policy would be ludicrous.
The EPA also has it in for natural gas power plants. And there are plenty of activists out there trying to shut down hydroelectric dams and nuclear power facilities, too.
I guarantee you if wind power ever got to be efficient at producing energy, it would become the target of the government, the environmentalists, or both.
That’s because these folks aren’t pro-earth. They are anti-energy.
Anti-Energy Environmentalist Want to Send You Back to Pre-Industrial Living
Just look at the power sources that environmentalists and EPA bureaucrats do support. Wind and solar. But these alternatives aren’t practical. They don’t provide the kind of reliable flow of power that the grid demands.
Wind and solar are intermittent and unreliable. They cannot sustain the grid. In fact, they put it at higher risk.
When wind and solar power are tied into the grid, power companies have to depend on coal and natural gas plants for back up when the wind isn’t blowing or when the day is overcast. This forces normally reliable power producers to constantly adjust their supply to match the unpredictable shortfalls created by green energy sources.
Yet, the government subsidizes production of both wind and solar power, even though combined, they provide just 4% of our power.
Our Grid is In Danger
Setting impossible-to-meet regulations on reliable power sources while subsidizing green energy sources that disrupt the grid more than they enhance it is a crazy policy. More than that, it’s dangerous. These bad government policies have the potential to collapse the grid.
It puts average citizens like you and me in a bad position. The current administration—which is supposed to protect our national interests—seems determined to do as much damage to the power grid as possible. The best-case scenario, like I said at the beginning of this article, is higher prices and lower reliability. The worst-case scenario is no power at all.
Solar storms and terrorist attacks are very real threats to our power grid, but the biggest threat of all is our government.
I urge you to take three steps toward greater personal energy independence, starting today.
First, take stock of the most important things you use power for. If you had to go without power, what would be the hardest things for you and your family to live without?
Second, begin planning a back-up system for those things.
And third, contact your representatives in Congress. Tell them you support a smart energy policy based on coal, natural gas, and other reliable power sources and you expect them to do the same.
The Obama administration is as anti-energy as any I’ve seen. And only time will tell the extent of the damage this administration has done to our power grid. Preparing for the worst, at this point, is just prudent.
P.S. With our power grid in such fragile shape, any number of threats could deliver a crippling blow, leaving the nation in the dark. Let me show you the list of essentials you need to withstand any emergency situation.