Written on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by Chris Skates
For most of this past winter, the weather has been pretty mild in our neck of the woods. If the same is true for you, consider yourself lucky. In the coming summer if we have to run our air conditioners non-stop, we may pay a hefty price. Every time you adjust that thermostat you should know that the Obama administration is coming after you!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), now adequately staffed with radical leftists, has so many environmental regulations, to be implemented so quickly, that the effects are sure to be devastating.
All of this at an estimated total cost of $129 billion, when U.S. power plant emissions are the lowest in the world. Can you say, “The Law of Diminishing Returns”? These changes will render many power plants currently providing cheap, reliable power obsolete. And they’ll provide little or no real gain in health benefits or environmental stewardship.
The effects are not only to be felt in your power bill—where they’ll make good on candidate Barack Obama’s promise that under his administration electricity rates would “skyrocket.” There will be an enormous ripple effect. Every product you use, including food, requires massive amounts of electricity for manufacturing, processing, packaging, and transporting.
The Obama administration favors an energy policy to severely curtail coal fueled power generation but has no workable plan to replace the Gigawatts that will be lost. Something will have to give. What will it be?
Your freedom to choose when and how much energy you use to heat, cool, and light your house, wash your clothes and dishes, or do any number of other things that rely on electricity—and your ability to pay for whatever energy you’re allowed to use.
The “smart grid” promises more efficient use of power. What it really means is that some bureaucrat at a central location will adjust the thermostat in your home to minimize blackouts because all that lost power can’t be replaced. Not all the consequences will be economic. Riots from London to flash mobs in Philly have sociologists stumped as to a cause. Can you imagine the mood of those rioters when they can’t heat or cool their houses or apartments while the smart grid waits for the windmills to catch up with demand? One would hope cooler heads might prevail.
Chris Skates is a Chemistry Supervisor at a power plant and the author of the novel Going Green: For Some It Has Nothing to Do with the Environment, and a contributing writer and Adjunct Scholar with The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.