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Have Environmentalists/EPA Triggered Electric Power Outages To 3 Million Americans?
JoeClarke.Net ^ | 07/03/2012 | JoeClarke.Net

Posted on 07/03/2012 4:53:42 PM PDT by joeclarke

As many people fall down in the sweltering heat, because of the loss of power to air conditioners, there are others jumping up and down, because the excessively hot weather seems be to punishing those naughty Americans, known around the world to use more than their "fair share" of energy. Coupled with the severe storms knocking out power lines, to an environmentalist, it may, indeed, be a perfect storm.

In the past several years, American power generating companies have been diverted from upgrading their existing equipment, including coal generating plants, transmission lines, substations, etc. on the Grid, by the incessant hounding of the EPA, which has redirected power companies away from upgrades and planned maintenance, and toward - anything but coal. The EPA has induced hundreds of billions of dollars of expenses, and plan even more penalties,fines, and taxes. To me, a penalty levied by the federal government is a fine, and is a tax.
Justice Roberts doesn't like "quibbling over labels," but its all the same - mo money demanded by the government. BTW, In the Senate, Energy policy has been creeping into the tax code [Carbon Tax] at an exponential rate" Senator Orrin Hatch, June 12, 2012.

From the East Coast, past Illinois, up to 3 million people have been without electrical power, and so the first suspects to be considered responsible for the catastrophes are, of course, the Environmental Protection Agency and its environmentally ill allies like the Sierra Club, as well as President Obama.

Even at this late date, 2,000,000 citizens are without power, including those within Washington, D.C. Bureaucratic slowdowns happily expected.
Obama promised to "bankrupt coal," and in fact, coal companies have been either closing down in droves, or are in the midst of powering down, thus causing the closure of coal powered electric generating stations, as well as coal mines, while firing thousands of workers. This prophetic notice by the Electrical Worker Online Coal Plant Shutdowns Threaten Blackouts from April of 2012, predicts exactly that - America's electric transmission grid will be overly burdened as coal plants are powered down:

"As utility companies face new deadlines for coal-fired power plants to comply with tight new EPA clean air regulations, many energy suppliers have plans to shutter plants that employ thousands of IBEW members rather than invest in costly upgrades.

If thousands of megawatts are suddenly taken off-line, this could trigger massive electricity shortages, just as demand is expected to increase, according to a regional transmission organization report.

A report from PJM, a regional transmission organization covering 13 states and the District of Columbia, estimates that 18,000 megawatts of electricity will be lost to the power grid due to expected coal plant shutdowns. That's the loss of enough power to light and heat 18 million homes."

It is very difficult to research the direct relationship between this June-July power outage and the powering down/switching/closing of coal fired electric generating plants, because the media is very protective of everything the evironmentalists and Democrats pontificate, and will seldom do stories that give a black eye to the Greens. Even power companies are very beholding and sensitive to the federal government environment czars, and must constantly ingratiate themselves in the presence of Obama's regulatory czars.

Even if the recent power outages are more due to storm/mechanical damage to the electric grid, rather than the
unavailability of backup power due to decommissioning of generating plants, the fact is, that American power companies have been distracted by the EPA and federal government from upgrading the transmission stations and other infrastructure as they are forced to invest capital into ways of transferring from the traditional (and cheap) coal to other sources such as natural gas. Either way, Obama's big rear is still sitting on American energy production. And, don't think they won't be going after natural gas with a vengeance, as they have attacked oil and nuclear through the years.

Here are some alarming charts/graphs of what is planned by the EPA as it robs Americans of its choice to use plentiful coal for energy.
From The Business Insider:

'The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule has received nothing but negative feedback from the affected energy industry, which argues the stricter federal emission law will result in higher costs for electricity and massive loss of U.S. jobs. The plan will also require billions of dollars to retrofit power plants with clean coal technologies.

According to a study prepared by the National Economic Research Associates (NERA), the legislation is among the most expensive EPA rules ever imposed on coal-fueled power plants that will cause electric rates to skyrocket by as much as 23 percent and lead to nationwide employment losses totaling 1.4 million job-years by 2020.

Power-plant closures are expected to increase in the coming months, as utilities complete their cost analyses of complying with the Cross-State rule, according to Industrial Info Resources. The EPA rule has already forced coal facilities in Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas to retire old units, rather than bare the expense of installing pollution-control equipment.

The coal industry maintains that the EPA doesn't seem to care about the economic damage new regulations will cause."


From The Institute For Energy Research:

IER Identifies Coal Fired Power Plants Likely to Close as Result of EPA Regulations:


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: bankruptcoal; climatechange; environmental; epa; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax
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To: dirtboy

I’ll defer to your vast knowledge on the subject.


101 posted on 07/04/2012 5:50:40 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: dirtboy

I’m sure the environmentalists and EPA have made sure the grid was maintained, upgraded, supplemented, added redundancy, and trees were properly trimmed over the last forty years, based on predicted population and economic growth, and have never obstructed any of the preparations for the surety of such a natural disaster.
Except that is not the premise of this post.

Gawd, are you such a juvenile that you cannot face the basic fact that this was a major severe, sudden and unexpected weather event and that alone is sufficient to explain the outages?

That was the premise of the post. The storms caused the outages, the continued outages were caused by non maintained, unprepared grid


102 posted on 07/04/2012 6:57:45 AM PDT by joeclarke (ue)
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To: joeclarke
When there is a hurricane, there is some advance notice and utility repair crews from other regions can start to deploy in advance to the affected area. There was no such warning with this system, so it's taken 2-3 days for outside crews to reach the affected areas.

This is about much more than maintenance. This system brought down entire trees, not just limbs.

103 posted on 07/04/2012 7:08:27 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: joeclarke
When there is a hurricane, there is some advance notice and utility repair crews from other regions can start to deploy in advance to the affected area. There was no such warning with this system, so it's taken 2-3 days for outside crews to reach the affected areas.

This is about much more than maintenance. This system brought down entire trees, not just limbs.

104 posted on 07/04/2012 7:08:51 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

You certainly did not grasp all the ramifications I cited for outages. Of course storms precipitated the events, but continued outages were prolonged by all the reasons mentioned by other FR posters: Inability to trim trees, lack of maintenance on infrastructure because of EPA mandates steering capital away from transmission upgrades, etc.


105 posted on 07/04/2012 7:10:35 AM PDT by joeclarke (ue)
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To: dirtboy

You certainly did not grasp all the ramifications I cited for outages. Of course storms precipitated the events, but continued outages were prolonged by all the reasons mentioned by other FR posters: Inability to trim trees, lack of maintenance on infrastructure because of EPA mandates steering capital away from transmission upgrades, etc.


106 posted on 07/04/2012 7:12:14 AM PDT by joeclarke (ue)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Excellent post, and I only wish I could have included your citation about the tree huggers not allowing trees to be trimmed - the trees that would eventually bring down power lines.


107 posted on 07/04/2012 7:17:11 AM PDT by joeclarke (ue)
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To: joeclarke
You certainly did not grasp all the ramifications I cited for outages. Of course storms precipitated the events, but continued outages were prolonged by all the reasons mentioned by other FR posters: Inability to trim trees, lack of maintenance on infrastructure because of EPA mandates steering capital away from transmission upgrades, etc.

You just don't want to deal with the facts, I see.

The only infrastructure change that would have prevented this would be to bury the utility lines underground. That is prohibitively expensive and there are many, many other more pressing infrastructure needs in the Northeast, such as aging water, sewer and road systems, which is why you don't see utility line burial happening much in older suburbs.

Second, local opposition to tree-trimming is often driven by aesthetic concerns, as many homeowners don't want their pretty trees in their front yards mangled by utility crews. The EPA has nothing to do with that.

Third, as I noted, this was an event with no significant lead warning. Most of the time, regional outages such as this one are due to systems where there is a lead forecast warning - hurricanes, blizzards, ice storms, etc - and outside utility crews often have a 2-3 day head start to the affected region to help restore power. There was no such warning for this event. Derechos often just pop up and promulgate themselves for hundreds of miles. Hence the longer-than-expected delays in getting electric service restored.

I have no problem attacking EPA idiocy. However, our attacks need to be tied to the facts of a given situation, otherwise the liberal idiots can point to posts such as yours as proof that EPA critics are unreasonable and out of touch.

108 posted on 07/04/2012 7:33:15 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: joeclarke
This is a link to a blog post about this derecho and one that hit upstate New York in 1999 - it is Gannett, so I can only link it:

Echoes of our Labor Day Derecho

Note the two images from the 1999 derecho. It buckled a steel hi-tension tower and toppled groves of trees. That is what hurricane-force gusts can do.

So tell me again how the issues you raise about infrastructure would have made a difference in the face of a storm that can do such things.

109 posted on 07/04/2012 7:43:33 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Here in the south we call that “yankee thinning weather”. It makes them want to go home


110 posted on 07/04/2012 12:57:04 PM PDT by Figment
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