Sometimes decisions can come back to bite you and that seems to be the case for liberals in New England who may have been a bit too hasty in shutting down coal-fired power plants.
The record-breaking cold spells across the Northeast have even the most hardcore environmentalists shivering and freezing and maybe some are even doubting the wisdom of their political activism to bully power plants that relied on coal.
Just call it the law of unintended consequences.
The frigid cold wave is stressing the grid as never before and winter has barely even started for New Englanders.
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) January 3, 2018
Via Boston ABC affiliate WCBV-5 “Cold snap challenges New England power grid”:
Managers of New England’s power grid said Tuesday that the current cold snap is creating challenging conditions and some of its generating plants are starting to run low on fuel.
Because of high demand and limited pipeline capacity, the cost of natural gas is rising, according to ISO New England.
The nonprofit group manages the electricity supply for the six New England states.
Because of high natural gas prices, power companies are switching to generators that use oil.
“However, the sustained cold is requiring round-the-clock usage of some of these oil-fired generators, and some are already running short on fuel,” wrote ISO New England spokeswoman Marcia Blomberg in an email to WCVB.
Blomberg said pollution regulations could also limit the use of oil-fired generators.
“Environmental limitation on how much, or whether, some oil-fired power plants will be able to generate electricity could become a concern this week and for the remainder of the winter,” Blomberg wrote.
ISO New England predicted that peak electricity demand on Tuesday would reach 20,700 megawatts, or about 9 percent below the winter record of 22,818 megawatts set in January 2014.
Meanwhile, the cold snap is also causing a run on a portable space heaters.
At Swartz Ace Hardware in Newton, the shelves where space heaters normally sit are empty after the last three were sold Tuesday morning.
The plight of those who are trapped in areas controlled by radical left politics and prone to bone-chillingly cold winters may not get any better anytime soon.
It is bite-ass cold in Boston on Sunday. While there may be a brief respite coming for the Northeast as temperatures are expected improve, it’s going to be one heck of a long winter.
Some of Sunday’s temperatures across the Northeast:
You get the idea.
Most would call this intolerably cold although to Al Gore and his gaggle of green gangsters, it’s just more evidence that global warming is real. You can bet that he isn’t freezing his ass off; it’s always the average Joe and Jane who are made to suffer for the utopianism of the liberal elite.
Perhaps coal isn’t the cleanest form of energy but it works, is reasonable, doesn’t require a radical reconfiguration of the infrastructure and – most importantly of all – there will be fewer people and animals who are discovered frozen solid after the record snowfall melts.