The electric grid is straining to keep pace with demand. Plants are dropping off line as a result of not being able to meet stringent emissions regulations that prohibit them from continuing the status quo. The issue here is that American regulators have adopted highly restrictive emissions discharge maximums and arbitrary deadlines for adherence to them. The American Coal Industry, and with it the massive US reserves, has been shackled and accused of being THE cause of global warming. There are many outside the United States who have focused on this issue to strategically impede our growth using carbon output reductions as a means of disrupting our economic prowess to their own selfish ends.
Promoters of green energy Insisting on promoting solar, wind and other alternate green sources, at the expense of proven and reliable methods, ignore the fact that they cannot be depended on to be our primary sources based on current technology. I seriously doubt that within my lifetime we will see alternate sources continue to be anything more than a novelty providing a mere fraction of the need. I understand the argument that if we as a people don’t invest the massive amounts of capital needed to promote the research and development of alternate sources they will never become our primary sources. Historically, any investment in the firms associated with these sources has provided abysmal returns for both the taxpayer and private equality investors. With our economy in the tank, these laudable goals must be weighed against the harm it is causing to our industrial base, the direct affect to the Americans jobs being lost, and the drag it produces on the economy as regulations and taxation strangle the possibility of economic recovery. It’s hard to find support for corrective measures that promote environmental cures, but result in the economic death of those whose livelihoods are snuffed out by the changes implemented. To put it into simple terms, a doctor cannot pat themselves on the back for having the courage and resolve to follow a program that cures the disease but kills the patient.