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Will Obama’s War on Coal Cause Blackouts Next Winter

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As summer draws to a close, fall and winter are not far behind. Even before the first frost, two Farmers’ Almanac publications are predicting another harsh winter.

The 2015 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac anticipates that next winter, “will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation.” The Almanac adds that at points during next winter, arctic air will drive temperatures to the 40 below zero range.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, a different publication, is also predicting a cold winter in the East but a warmer season in the West.

With the predictions of a cold winter, federal regulatory officials and state power grid operators are concerned about power shortages including blackouts.

During last year’s polar vortex, coal power prevented energy shortfalls but that might not be the case next winter because costly EPA regulations are forcing utilities to close coal-fired power plants.

The Daily Caller reported on the impact of a cold winter on our power grid:

“We’re closing an enormous amount of coal generation, through a variety of rules, and a good number of those plants are set to retire next April,” Philip Moeller, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, told Platts Energy Week. “But most people would say about 90% of that capacity was running and used and necessary during the polar vortex events.”

“So the question is: Are we going to have mild weather for the next 2-3 years? If so, we can probably get through it,” Moeller said. “But if we have more extreme weather events, like we had this winter, and that power is no longer available, we could be in a real situation that’s not good for consumers.”

Moeller added that blackouts were a “possibility” for parts of the country where large amounts of coal retirements are taking place or that rely too heavily on natural gas for electricity generation — like New England.

Regional power grid operators are also concerned. In one instance, the Midwest power grid operator, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), required some coal plants to stay in operation during last winter’s cold snap to make sure the lights did not go out.

Previous posts discussed the potential power shortages from Obama’s war on coal read here, here and here.

Our country needs a diverse energy supply to guarantee the reliability of our power grid but EPA’s actions are putting the nation at risk. If the power does go out we must hold the EPA and President Obama accountable for waging a war on coal.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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