Among the nightmares ready to descend on America, should the Democrats win in November, is the so-called Green New Deal. It promises lots of renewable green energy at a “modest” $2 trillion cost. Just one more scary, extreme policy idea out of the all-digital 2020 Democratic National Convention.
“We agree with scientists and public health experts that the United States — and the world — must achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible, and no later than 2050,” the Democratic Party platform states.
“To reach net-zero emissions as rapidly as possible, Democrats commit to eliminating carbon pollution from power plants by 2035 through technology-neutral standards for clean energy and energy efficiency.”
Sound good to you? If so, take a look at California, where some of the worst of these ideas are already being tried, with disastrous results.
The state, once known for its plentiful, cheap and reliable energy supplies, is now dealing with rolling blackouts as its green energy infrastructure buckles under the strain of summer heat.
This week, as the DNC holds its virtual convention, some 3 million California homes could be periodically without power as some areas experience 100-degree-plus heat. In addition to major discomfort and inconvenience, such blackouts if sustained can be dangerous to health — especially for the elderly and kids.
Sadly, all of this is inevitable. As Reuters reported, “The controlled power disruptions, with alternating blocks of utility customers losing electricity for one or two hours at a time, are designed to prevent excess demand from triggering a more widespread collapse of the grid that could last days.”
How could this happen? For nearly two decades, California’s one-party state has passed increasingly nonsensical and stringent rules for energy generators in order to reduce global warming, leading to soaring costs as energy output fails to keep up with population growth.
By 2030, California expects to get 60% of its energy from renewables such as wind, solar, water and other non-carbon based power sources. By 2045, it wants 100% carbon-free electricity.
While that sounds nice, there’s a big problem with the model.
“The wind doesn’t always blow — especially when it’s hot — and the sun doesn’t always shine,” the Federalist points out. “Therefore, California must import vast amounts of power from the 13 other states (along with Canada and Mexico) in the Western Interconnection whenever that’s required to keep the lights on and the air conditioners running.”
California’s Sacramento Bee reported that “the demand for electricity (last Friday) peaked at just 46,800 megawatts — a few thousand megawatts shy of the record 50,270 in July 2006, when Californians were literally dying in the heat but blackouts were avoided.”
Understand, California actually has 76,000 megawatts of production capacity, theoretically more than enough to satisfy soaring demand. So why should there be any blackouts at all?
Unfortunately, notes Manhattan Contrarian blogger Francis Menton, 33,000 megawatts of that production is in renewables. It’s so unreliable, it can’t be counted on for much of the day. So California has shortages.
Unreliable, inefficient sources of renewable energy, of course, cost consumers and businesses a lot.
For May of this year, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data show California’s residential consumers paid 18.79 cents per kilowatt-hour of energy, 42% higher than the national average. For businesses and industry, it’s even higher, pushing Cali’s total power costs up 61% above the U.S. average.
Welcome to the Golden State.
This is a preview of what awaits the rest of the country if the Democrats’ Green New Deal ever becomes reality. Higher costs, massive inconvenience, a step backward for civilization.
Or, as the Wall Street Journal opined this week, “The rolling blackouts across California serve as a cautionary tale as states across the country increase renewable energy and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels that can generate round-the-clock power but contribute to climate change.”
Despite all this, as their radical platform clearly demonstrates, national Democrats seek California’s fate for everyone. Dependence on weather-reliant sources means that energy rationing will soon be a fact of everyday life, if the Democratic Party gets its way.
And with Sen. Kamala Harris, a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, as Joe Biden’s possible vice president, California’s radical vision will soon be extended to all.
Like it or not, you too will be Californicated.
Of course, California could always build more actual power plants, including low emission gas-powered and nuclear generators, to boost its permanent capacity. But reliance on what actually works would betray the far-left green ideology of California’s in-charge Democratic Party.
Fortunately, for the rest of America, there’s one sure way to prevent such an undesirable outcome during this political season: The ballot box. To avoid a national replay of California’s self-inflicted energy disaster, Americans should reject green socialism and vote for common sense. Or suffer the Golden State fate.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board