California Democrats rushed headlong into a Green New Deal and residents are now suffering blackouts during the hottest month on record.
Former Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law in 2018 that requires the state to achieve 100 percent renewable energy production by 2045. The modest efforts to pivot away from fossil fuel power plants in just two years has been a disastrous failure. Solar and wind farms intended to power the most populated state in the union have fallen flat, forcing rolling blackouts because even the semi-green grid simply cannot deliver. The so-called “Golden State” has been stung by a heatwave that has residents desperate for relief from HVAC and air conditioning units.
“These blackouts, which occurred without prior warning or enough time for preparation, are unacceptable and unbefitting of the nation’s largest and most innovative state,” Gov. Gavin Newsom reportedly said. “Grid operators were caught flat-footed.”
In 2019, an unexpected blackout resulted in 67-year-old Robert Mardis dying when his oxygen tank abruptly shut off. When his lifeline shutdown, he was reportedly unable to reach a battery-powered backup system in time. Mardis ranks among the victims the mainstream media fails to talk about as outlets applaud versions of the Green New Deal.
Socialist Democrat New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) proposed Green New Deal legislation to be enacted on the entire country. It too called for ending the use of fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, and coal, by 2030. When the bill was brought to a vote in the U.S. Senate, not a single Democrat voted in favor of enacting the law. Democrat nominee for president, Joe Biden, has worked with AOC to create a version of the Green New Deal that he has committed to enacting with a 2035 deadline. The California debacle demonstrates that Americans would suffer widespread power outages and vulnerable people would die.
In the midst of a heatwave that occurs nearly every year, California Independent System Operator issued a “flex alert” that asks residents to conserve energy during their time of need. In response, the fake news media has been crafting a narrative to minimize the energy crisis. The New York Times ran a headline that falsely claims, “Rolling Blackouts in California Have Power Experts Stumped.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
“California, in many ways, is the canary in the coal mine,” Electric Power Supply Association official Todd Snitchler reportedly said. “Many of the natural-gas units that some in California would like to see go away have been exactly what’s needed to keep the system operating.”
During the fall of 2019, grid operators warned officials that closing clean energy from natural gas power plants would leave residents vulnerable. California has only achieved 33 percent renewable energy resources and blackouts are expected to persist anytime it gets hot for more than a few days. That basically means every summer going forward.
“We have a much more risky supply of energy now because the sun doesn’t always shine when we want and the wind doesn’t always blow when we want,” Stanford University prof. Frank Wolak reportedly said.
As the November elections grow closer, voters may want to consider that California’s knee-jerk Green New Deal policy failed miserably. With more than 60 percent of its power still produced by natural gas, massive blackouts will continue. If West Coast liberals got their way and were at 100 percent renewables, taxpayers could be without power for weeks, possibly a month.