Take a look at what is happening in Massachusetts.
Groups like 350.org, founded by an activist named Bill McKibben, “uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions to oppose new coal, oil and gas projects, take money out of the companies that are heating up the planet, and build 100% clean energy solutions that work for all,” according to their website. They don’t mean in the future, when those new technologies might be reliable and profitable - they want it now.
In 2017, McKibben said, “Massachusetts will play a big role” in the environmental movement and with President Trump in the White House, “States are going to be increasingly important because nothing is going to happen in D.C., so there will be a lot of pressure that goes to the state level, and in some places, that will be very effective.”
Beacon Hill heard McKibben’s rallying call and made all the regulatory commitments one would expect from a liberal state to cut fossil fuel use in favor of renewables. Then winter came.
New England winters are brutal and, predictably, cause a spike in energy consumption. The new standards could not keep up with demand. That led to increased use of reliable oil to power the grid as well as heat homes. It was reported that during some of the colder times this amounted to, “just over 30 percent of the region’s power supply.” In the future, New England will have cold winters. The energy to keep Bay State residents warm could come from natural gas - which burns much cleaner than oil - but groups like 350.org oppose the construction of a natural gas pipeline to Massachusetts. How ironic.