Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas are suffering severe shortages of electricity and natural gas. Hospital administrators in Texas are screaming because even hospitals are not excluded from rolling blackouts planned by electric utility providers. The crisis is but a preview of what will be in store if liberal energy policies prevail. Mexico promised to add power to the grid to help us in our hour of need. Then they reneged. In times of stress when you find out who your friends are.
Obama is taking the heat. The pun wasn’t intended, but now that it’s in print it makes you think,….perhaps he has taken our heat. He placed a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico against the explicit advice of his own panel of experts. It was a high profile issue, not a time to contravene expert advice. So the administration changed the advice.
The panel of experts signed a letter exposing the fraud. The main stream press didn’t seem to notice. We reported it in our post First Oil Rig Sails Away .
The drilling ban was lifted, but only after some of the big drilling rigs were gone.
The president canceled the granting of new exploration leases, partially restored after the damage was done. The permitting process has started anew. It takes from five to ten years of feeding the legal profession to go from getting the lease to dropping a bit to start the hole.
Then there’s coal. If we can get some heat we can make electricity. The land has plenty of coal and it burns. But Obama promised to make it economically unfeasible to build a new coal fired energy plant. Darn! Let’s hope he is not a man of his word.
Perhaps we should just build a fence all along the Canadian border. That’s where the cold is coming from, isn’t it?