During a major heatwave, California declared a state of emergency on Monday, turning to backup generators that were needed to power all the air conditioners running in the state. For five days, the population has been under a “Flex Alert” which effectively begs consumers to curb their energy use.
California’s Independent System Operator (ISO) issued its fifth alert on Monday.
#ISO has issued an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) 2 effective today, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Consumers are strongly urged to cut back on #energy use. pic.twitter.com/tqEBKJSWHB
— Flex Alert (@flexalert) September 6, 2022
Citizens of the state are adjured to keep their appliances off and their electric cars unplugged. The latter request is at least a bit ironic, with the recent news that ALL cars will be electric in 2035.
Thousands of homeless people who live in the uncooled streets of downtown Los Angeles have already been living without the cooling centers they used to rely on because they were closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“It’s hotter than heck out here,” said one such homeless man. “All of us have to stay outside here, look for shade and count on people coming by with water.”
A #ISO Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) 2 has been extended to 9 p.m.. Here are ways you can help prevent rotating #poweroutages: https://t.co/S9gC1WsbvQ
— Flex Alert (@flexalert) September 6, 2022
Faced with a crisis, California is forced to bow to reality and turn the fossil fuels back on. On Monday, the very day when election season is traditionally thought to hit hyperdrive, state officials brought four temporary electricity generators online, powered by natural gas.
This evening, 4 DWR temporary emergency power generators were activated to provide electricity to our statewide energy grid. This is the first time they’re being used as part of an effort to help keep the lights on & keep Californians safe and healthy during this #heatwave. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/i1cqNRemU1
— CA – DWR (@CA_DWR) September 6, 2022
Governor Gavin Newsom hasn’t been the most empathetic governor in the state’s history, but he seems to be aware on Labor Day of an election year that he should try to keep the lights on. His first priority, though, is to blame climate change.
In a speech last week, Newsom said, “All of us have been trying to outrun Mother Nature, but it’s pretty clear Mother Nature has outrun us. The reality is we’re living in an era of extremes: extreme heat, extreme drought — and with the flooding we’re experiencing around the globe.”
The state could again resort to rolling blackouts in the midst of this crisis.
In California, heatwaves are very common in early September. For generations, temperatures have reached 100+ during this part of the year. Heatwaves, droughts and wildfires are nothing new in the state. The approach to them is what has changed. Forestry management went out with Bill Clinton, and nuclear power has been going out since 2013 and the closure of San Onofre. In fact, the plan was to close the last remaining nuclear power plant in California – the San Luis Obispo Diablo Canyon plant – but on Friday, Newsom signed a measure that will extend its service.
Commitment to green energy has undoubtedly precipitated the effects that California is feeling today. Renewable energy sources – a mantra chanted in California each morning by Democrat voters as they kneel and point themselves toward Sacramento – have not been able to keep up with demand in the late summers since the systematic abandonment of nuclear power and natural gas.
People think California is transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables. In reality, it transitions from renewables to fossil fuels well before the sun sets on even our sunniest days pic.twitter.com/JFmZepwfTQ
— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) September 6, 2022
As Fox News host Tucker Carlson said last week, officials have essentially admitted, “We give up. We’re no longer pretending to provide a first world standard of living to our citizens, the most heavily taxed in America.”
And it was voluntary. Carlson pointed to studies showing that the closure of San Onofre’s nuclear power plant caused “the release of 37 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”
Environmentalists are not often the best informed, despite their expensive, worthless educations. Their activism has had the effect of polluting the environment to save it.
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