Over-the-top environmental activism against coal-fired power plants leaves New Englanders FREEZING as grid teeters on failure

Monday, January 8, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: JD Heyes
Sunday, January 07, 2018

No one in their right mind wants to breathe dirty air or leave our country and our earth worse off for the next generation and beyond. That includes “conservatives” and “capitalists” who are always accused by the Left as wanting to destroy the planet.

That said, there has to be a better balance between sustainable environmental policies and meeting the needs of a modern society. Yet thanks to record-cold temperatures this winter, we’re seeing that in parts of the country dominated by Left-wing politics, decisions involving policy and infrastructure have lacked a rationality factor.

For years, progressive environmentalism forced on power companies throughout New England have resulted in reductions in the number of coal-fired power plants. There has been so much loss of capacity that today, as temperatures plunge and demand for power rises, operators are struggling to meet the needs of the people. And the mass failure of the electric grid during this record cold will mean people will freeze to death.

“Officials at ISO-New England, operators of the region’s power grid, said energy demands during the recent arctic weather have placed major pressures on energy generators, forcing power companies to rely more on coal and oil to produce electricity,” the Hartford Courant reported.

The paper noted further that despite the fact that energy industry officials have, for years, been warning that the region upgrade its energy production capacity by, at the very least, building new natural gas pipelines, those proposals have “been blocked or withdrawn,” primarily due to opposition from environmental groups.

But the excessive liberalism isn’t limited to environmental groups. State and federal regulations have played their part as well, including unrealistic curbs on emissions and the implementation of rules that make affordable power production impossible.

Now, these regulations and dearth of power infrastructure are set to pose big problems for local residents.

“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,” said ISO-New England spokeswoman Marcia Blomberg in an email to Boston station WCVB.

This is a dilemma some time in the making.

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