I love the leftists in their lollipop world.
Owners of other kinds of plants keep shutting them down due to economic pressure: Massachusetts’ last coal-fired power plant just switched off, and one of three coal plants left in New England, in Connecticut, is slated to change to natural gas. The Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts is also scheduled to close.
But gas pipelines have proved challenging to build in the region, and capacity hasn’t expanded much. The grid operator has a new plan, starting next year, to offer financial rewards to generators that perform well when the system is taxed, though it acknowledged this may not be enough on the coldest days.
Peter Shattuck, who directs the Massachusetts office at the Acadia Center, which supports clean energy, said New England should rely on backup oil to run power plants until an expected surge in renewables comes in the next decade. He doesn’t favor gas pipelines.
“The big boost in renewables is coming,” he said. “We need to start using less gas.”
In summary, New England is shutting down coal and nuke plants, and plans on building more gas power plants. The only problem is that the eco-freaks won’t let anyone build new natural gas pipelines to supply the power plants. So the delusional Shattuck recommends running on backup oil. And how are you going to get the oil to the power plants idiot? If you can’t build a gas pipeline, how are you going to build an oil pipeline? You’ll also need huge tanks to store the oil. Then you can pay much higher rates for the oil fired electricity while you wait for the magical “renewables” to show up delivered by the flying unicorn that sh*ts rainbow skittles.
This reminds me of two quotes from Rand. In one, a producer was interogating a parasite trying to find out how he could be so delusional:
Producer: If you do these policies, you’ll starve. You are making it impossible to stay in business. How can you do this? What are you counting on?
Parasite: We don’t think about those things. That’s your business. You’ll figure it out.
Here Rand was showing that the problem is with the Producers agreeing to work in conditions where excellence is punished. Her solution is to let the parasites finally face the consequences of Leftism. This is known as Moral Hazard.
Next is her famous quote:
You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.
So New England is heading full steam towards brown outs and black outs. Sit back and laugh. Take the advice of everyone’s favorite godless heathen (pray for his conversion) Aaron Clarey: Enjoy the Decline. (This is the title of his book, which will keep you sane. Pick up a copy.)