President Obama promised that his energy policies could put coal plants out of business and make energy prices skyrocket. I don’t recall him saying blackouts would be included, but utility officials are warning that blackouts and brownouts could happen thanks to all of the coal plants shutting down.
Fox News has the details of the latest ramification of Obama’s war on coal.
Facing the Obama administration’s so-called “war on coal,” some utility officials are warning that fewer coal-fired power plants could leave the U.S. power system vulnerable to blackouts in the near future.
The officials warn that intense summer heat or extreme winter cold could soon be too much for the system to handle.
“I worry about the potential of brownouts and blackouts if we’re … actually depending on this generation that’s going to be retired,” Nick Akins, from American Electric Power, told Fox News in an interview.
“Regulation from five years ago is closing about 20 percent of the coal plants. Regulations being proposed now could close an additional 20 percent of coal plants. And that creates huge stresses — we’re just not ready for anything like that in this country,” Mike Duncan, from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, told Fox News. (Read More)
The Pirate’s Cove pointed out that EPA chief Gina McCarthy is saying any reliability problems would be due to climate change, rather then the policies she is implementing.
Update: Linked by Fire Andrea Mitchell – thanks!