Saturday, September 03, 2011
This has been largely drowned out by other news stories. But I expect this to be a big story in the future.
The EPA under Obama’s pick Lisa Jackson is pushing regulations that may shut down 8% of U. S. electric generating capacity. AEP alone says it will shut down five power plants because of the EPA regs.
I see more black-outs in our future . . . a lot more. And the Electric Reliability Council of Texas has warned as much, not only saying the regs increase the likelihood of rolling black-outs, but that there would have been rolling black-outs in Texas last month if the regs were already implemented.
Now Obama can stop his rogue EPA from shutting down so much U. S. power. But will he?
I do not think he will unless forced to do so politically. But a bad spate of rolling black-outs this winter or next summer in the midst of a presidential race combined with campaigns smart enough to call him out on this may push his hand. We shall see.
But sooner or later, the EPA’s putsch to shut down U. S. power plants will become a big issue, as it should be.