New Robert Bryce Documentary: "This Is A Date With Disaster": Pulling The Plug on America’s Electrical 'Life Support System'

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2024 - 06:30 AM

Authored by Kevin Stocklin via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Electricity is among the most essential sources of America’s unparalleled prosperity and productivity; it is also the greatest vulnerability.


Giant wind turbines are powered by strong winds in front of solar panels in Palm Springs, Calif., on March 27, 2013. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The United States has become so utterly dependent upon an uninterrupted supply of affordable electricity that, as our grid becomes ever more fragile American society has become fragile along with it.

........if America’s electric grid were to go down for an extended period, such as one year, “there are essentially two estimates on how many people would die from hunger, from starvation, from lack of water, and from social disruption.

One estimate is that within a year or so, two-thirds of the United States population would die,” Mr. Woolsey said. “The other estimate is that within a year or so, 90 percent of the U.S. population would die.”.............................

................The North American electric grid is rapidly being transitioned from one in which coal had once dominated to one that is seeing an ever increasing share of wind, solar, and natural gas. In the process, America’s electric grid is changing from something that was once so reliable that consumers rarely thought about it, to one that increasingly features rolling blackouts and may, one day soon, be on the brink of long-term failure.

The destabilization of the power grid is the result of what analyst and author Meredith Angwin deems the “fatal trifecta.”

“The Texas grid almost collapsed because of what I call the fatal trifecta,” Ms. Angwin states. “The first part of the fatal trifecta is over reliance on renewables, which go on and off when they want to................................

.................At the same time, the drive to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions has led to political and corporate campaigns to shift ever more products onto the electric grid. This includes such essentials as home heating, transportation, and cooking.

Laws and regulations in Europe and the United States have sought to ban or phase out oil and gas heating in homes, along with gasoline-powered cars, trucks, and buses. The effect of this will be to make people more dependent on electricity while pushing up demand to levels that many say the grid cannot meet.

“The grid is already cracking under existing demand,” Mr. Bryce said. “We’re seeing the grid’s reliability, resilience, and affordability all declining, while these pressure groups are trying to put yet more demand on it.

“This is a date with disaster.”.............................

..................Many energy experts and environmentalists are coming to the conclusion that nuclear energy is the best choice to generate reliable, affordable energy, while cutting CO2 emissions. Despite headline nuclear catastrophes at plants in Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukushima, many countries are building new plants or delaying closures of existing nuclear plants, considering it the cleanest and least environmentally harmful source of electricity.

According to a report by the Nuclear Energy Institute, wind farms require up to 360 times as much land area to produce the same amount of electricity as a nuclear energy facility, and solar facilities require up to 75 times the land area. Compared to coal and natural gas plants, wind and solar consume at least 10 times as much land, according to the left-leaning Brookings Institution.

In addition to a smaller footprint, nuclear power stations also typically do not require the construction of thousands of miles of new transmission lines to reach remote locations, where wind and solar facilities are typically built.

With nuclear, Mr. Bryce said, “we don’t need to expand the grid; we can use the grid we have.”...............................

.............................“With the Inflation Reduction Act and the investment tax credits, production tax credits, all of the financial incentives in the power-gen sector are to build more wind and solar,” he said. “To me, that is just absolute crazy town.”

The documentary is available to watch for free on YouTube or at



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Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 14, 2024 at 10:25am

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Comment by Dan McKay on February 13, 2024 at 11:22am

If we are going to agree that climate change is an issue, with more [weather] extremes for longer, it’s total insanity to make our most important energy network dependent on the weather,” Mr. Bryce said. “We need weather-resilient, weather-resistant generation, not weather-dependent generation.”

Comment by Dan McKay on February 13, 2024 at 11:09am

The case for saving Everett LNG terminal

February 13, 2024


The Everett Marine Terminal, where liquefied natural gas is imported into the Boston area, is in danger of shutting down for good.

For the past two years, the Everett terminal has existed primarily to provide gas for the Mystic power plant next door, which itself was kept open by subsidies from ratepayers across New England as an insurance policy against electricity shortages. Now that Mystic is shutting down, the fear of electricity shortages dissipating, the Everett terminal is being pitched as a hedge against a possible shortage of natural gas for home heating and cooking.

National Grid on Friday said it had negotiated a six-year contract with the Everett terminal to supply LNG to its Boston Gas subsidiary, which serves 950,000 customers. The utility asked the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities to dispense with its usual ponderous pace and approve the contract by May 1 to avoid a shutdown later that month of the terminal. 

In a filing with the DPU that was posted online on Monday, National Grid said the consequences of inaction could be disastrous.

“There are no viable alternatives in the marketplace that offer the services provided by Everett to the Company,” the filing said. “If Everett were to close, it would significantly and adversely impact the Company’s ability to reliably serve its customers over the next several winters.”

Eversource Energy and other potential customers of the Everett terminal are expected to file similar contract proposals in the next few days – all to keep the LNG flowing.

The situation is another stark reminder that the region’s shift away from fossil fuels isn’t going to happen quickly.

In its filing, National Grid did a bit of “I told you so” analysis. The utility noted it previously backed the construction of an additional natural gas pipeline into the region that would have solved its gas supply problems. When that project failed to gain traction in the face of opposition from fossil fuel opponents, the company said it became reliant on imports of LNG from abroad to cover shortfalls.

“Although production of shale gas in the Marcellus and Utica basins primarily in Pennsylvania and Ohio has continued to grow in recent years, incremental supplies cannot reach the New England market because of pipeline capacity constraints in the region,” National Grid said in its DPU filing. “As a result, local distribution companies, such as National Grid, remain reliant upon LNG imports to meet a portion of peak day and peak season demand. With a limited number of parties able to import LNG into the Boston region, and only the Everett Marine Terminal able to vaporize directly into Boston Gas’s distribution system, the potential closure of the Everett Marine Terminal threatens Boston Gas’s ability to reliably serve its existing firm gas customers on high demand days.”

National Grid says its contract with the Everett Marine Terminal will initially drive up consumer bills by $3.50 during winter months, and increase an average of 1 percent year over year in subsequent years.

The utility said the agreement is compliant with the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act because it will not increase greenhouse gas emissions over current levels. “To the extent there is any increased gas usage due to this Agreement, it will likely be used to serve new customers converting from oil heating to natural gas. On this basis, the Company expects that the acquisition of gas supplies under the Agreement will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute toward the Global Warming Solutions Act goals,” National Grid said.


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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