California Energy Disaster Prompts Fed Help
California Energy Disaster Prompts Fed Help
The state of California, rich in natural resources and opportunity, is a disaster zone in crisis.
California has been run by Democrats for years, and while Governor Gavin Newsom and other similarly minded leaders like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti continue to posture and preen about social justice and coronavirus masks, the state’s energy infrastructure has been collapsing. It’s been 17 years since Gray Davis saw himself recalled for his mismanagement of California, which included “rolling blackouts.” The energy situation in California has not been improved much at all. One of the state’s utility companies, Pacific Gas & Electric, pleaded guilty to causing a massive wildfire in 2018 that resulted in 84 deaths. And yet, all they got was a fine. No one is ever held truly accountable in California, so long as you have enough money to keep covering things up.
As a result, California is a wreck. Shunning of controlled burns to prevent forest fires has created a tinderbox instead. It’s only been recently that controlled burns have been embraced again. Wildfires are consuming the Sierra National Forest, and over 200 people out camping for Labor Day weekend were evacuated out of the area in a coordinated effort by the National Guard and local first responders. Those trying to fight the fire are also fighting a terrible heat wave.
With all of these hits to the system, the state’s power grid isn’t able to support those who have paid to use it. But never fear! The leaders of the state have a solution! Just use LESS POWER, everyone!
If that isn’t leadership, then I don’t know what is! It’s so simple, it’s brilliant! Of course people should just turn off everything in their homes, raise their thermostats to 78 degrees, and sit in the dark in a state still under a COVID lockdown! California went under a “Flex Alert” Sunday afternoon that was to last into the night, asking people to do just that, during a heat wave that reached 121 degrees in places, potentially killing a hiker. If the results weren’t so deadly, the Democrat leadership in the state would be the country’s biggest joke.
We pay some of the highest taxes in the nation, and what we receive for those tax dollars are riots condoned by the city, and an insufficient energy grid to deal with the super-unpredictable fact that it gets f***ing hot in summer in CA https://t.co/4vzmfuZLJ6
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 7, 2020
You know how bad it got? California actually asked the federal government for help. The state’s Independent Systems Operator, which operates most of the power grid, first put out the “Flex Alert” and then asked the Department of Energy for a boost. And they got the help they needed.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) September 7, 2020
But notice that last line in the Department of Energy’s Twitter announcement of federal assistance.
While the Secretary has offered this emergency assistance to California in this time of crisis, he also encourages state policymakers to evaluate why the grid is not able to handle extreme stress, which could be alleviated with the support of greater baseload power generation and natural gas supply.”
Wouldn’t that be a novel concept? Maybe California should shore up their power grid instead of going green and then running short, then buying energy from other states and STILL running short, all while making plans to shutter nuclear power plants with no plans for replacement.
So yes, California is due for a reckoning on their failures when it comes to forest management and the power grid. And yet, every time an election rolls around, the Democrats are still in control, kicking that can even further down the road. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi was trying to help Gavin Newsom out by putting at least $14 billion of bailout money into the next COVID relief bill, so that he can keep state spending up. It’s one thing for the feds to step in for emergency power assistance. It’s another for California – or any other state – to put their hand out for taxpayer money in order to fill the holes in their budget so that they don’t have to actually focus and prioritize.
Meanwhile, it’s the people of California who are seeing their state turn into the Hotel California, because between lockdowns and wealth taxes that the state wants to increase and still collect after you move away, are you ever really going to be allowed to leave? But at this point, why would anyone want to stay? Especially with another “Flex Alert” scheduled for tonight?
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