The US Continues Down the Path to Summer Blackouts

United States energy planners are deploying more renewable forms of energy and taking traditional sources offline, despite obvious failures of this exact plan in other countries.

Experts are warning that the entire country is facing energy shortages this summer. The failure to meet demand could result in rolling blackouts, putting residents without electricity during the hottest months of the year.

California, New York and the Northeast are particularly at risk. The political class in those states has been aggressively pushing green energy when renewables are not yet at the point where they can provide a stable grid.

Traditional sources of energy, such as natural gas and coal, are extremely reliable. Wind and solar, on the other hand, depend on factors outside of the control of providers.

Germany is a good indicator of what the U.S. can look forward to. The country has been pushing to get 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2035.

It has been experiencing the same inability to meet demand. People there are expecting blackouts in the summer and are buying firewood in a panic for the winter.

Recognizing this problem German leaders are firing up mothballed coal plants. They are also asking the G7 countries to walk back the pledge for no public funding of fossil fuel programs.

Instead of seeing these problems and learning from them, the U.S. continues along the exact same path. These policy decisions are not just impacting household energy consumption.

The U.S. is entering a full-blown energy crisis on the gas front. With prices at the pump climbing, many households will not be able to afford to commute to their jobs if a gallon of fuel averages $6.

All these problems stem from the utopian thinking of our leaders. Even though the United States is the cleanest country in the world when it comes to the environment, politicians are embracing the impossible standard of a zero-emissions economy.

The technology simply is not there, either on the production or storage front. Not only are renewables unreliable, but we do not have adequate batteries to store what is produced for later use.

If our leaders do not change course immediately, we will find ourselves in the same predicament as Germany, with too little energy to meet surging demand.