The Week the Windmills Froze in Texas

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This is a blog from the past. The Obama/Biden administration closed power plants without regard for where and how replacement power was generated. In Texas the chickens came home to roost this week. With 25% of the power in Texas coming from wind it was too big a hole to fill when the windmills froze.

September/15/2012 16:05PM

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This is  the Chicago Tribune headline: “Closings of Chicago sites cut carbon dioxide emissions.”

Owned by Midwest Generation, the company  confirmed their closing last week. At their peak, the two plants supplied power to roughly 1 million homes. In the past 2 1/2 years, 120 of the country’s 520 coal-fired plants have been closed.

Buried in the story was a little note about the 200 people who would lose their jobs. That’s 200 for two plants and if you extend that to the remaining 120 closings, that’s another 25,000 unemployed workers. Unemployed by EPA regulations.

The article fails to mention where the replacement power will come from and at what price. Many of these plants might have made investments to meet requirements, but the EPA timetable made that unworkable.

To his credit, Obama told us this was his plan shortly after taking office. It’s done by fiat, not by congressional vote. It’s done without regard to the impact of future utility bills or meeting future demand. Obama said: “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily  skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad.” He  went on to explain: “So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them.”
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Giving middle class Americans a fair shake doesn’t include looking after your power bills or the futures of workers who worked at these plants for 20 years or more.

The environmental lobby got the fair shake, the middle class got the shaft.

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