February 10th, 2011
(PaulWatson) – Rolling Outages Due To “Maxed Out” Grid, Not “Mechanical Failures” As Obama Communications Director Claimed
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We have become used to seeing politicians distort the truth, but when such lies are brazenly plastered all over the front page of the White House website, it really highlights how much contempt the government has for the intelligence of the American people.
When Obama Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer attacked our article blaiming the White House’s anti-energy policies for contributing to the severity of the rolling blackouts that have occurred over the last few weeks, he claimed that the outages had nothing to do with maxed-out grids and were in fact solely the result of “mechanical failures.”
This formed the foundation of Pfeiffer’s charge that our research was “unquestionably false,” and was used to dismiss our argument that the Obama administration’s strict enforcement of draconian EPA regulations that has led to new clean-burning coal-fired plants being mothballed and other existing ones being shut down, has in turn led to Texas and other states becoming energy-dependent, leading to shortages and blackouts.
Whether or not the White House lied comes down to whether the severity of the blackouts was made worse by maxed-out power grids or “mechanical failures”.
“The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the agency that oversees the state’s power, says the energy grid is nearly maxed out,” reports WFAA this morning.
“The agency has warned consumers that if they don’t conserve power this morning, rolling blackouts will likely happen once again.”
“As people wake up in the morning, they power on the lights, turn on their hairdryers and other electronic equipment as they get ready for the day. That’s exactly what puts pressure on the already maxed out grid, ERCOT says.”
So there you have it – the severity blackouts is being worsened by maxed-out power grids, not “mechanical failures” as the White House claimed. While the freezing weather undoubtedly exascerbated the problem, it only highlighted the inherant flaw of not having enough back-up power to meet demand, the blame for which can be laid squarely at the door of the Obama White House.
Maxed-out power grids are why Texas is having to rely on countries like Mexico to meet its energy needs.
Maxed-out energy grids are a direct consequence of a shortage of new power plants to meet demand. Indeed, contrary to another of Pfeiffer’s falsehoods when he claimed that Texas was not subject to EPA restrictions, one of the delayed power plants that could have alleviated the energy shortage, the Las Brisas Energy Center, has been the subject of an EPA battle with Texas state authorities for the past three years.
A federal court ruling last month gave the EPA permission to proceed with greenhouse gas regulation in Texas, temporarily superseding Texas’ non-compliance with the new regulations which came into force on January 2. The White House’s claim that EPA regulations are not currently affecting Texas is a complete fabrication.
The Obama administration’s meddling in Texas’ energy policy, through the threat of enforcing new EPA restrictions, has directly led to desperately needed power plants not being built or existing ones being shut down.
This is all part of Obama’s publicly stated agenda to bankrupt the coal industry in the move towards a “green economy,” which has little to do with the environment and everything to do with hollowing out America’s industrial base so that the country may be more easily swallowed up by the “post-industrial revolution” that remains the goal of the global elite.
Source: Prison Planet