There's a lot of rhetoric and extremism out there around almost every issue, including energy policy. With all the noise, it can be hard to separate the fact from folly.
Grounded in Fact is for people who are looking for a more balanced, reasonable discourse on issues ranging from divestment to the “Keep It in the Ground” movement.
If you’ve ever wondered what life would be like if Extinction Rebellion and the other “Keep It in the Ground” extremists got their way, check out what happened in Northern California last week when Pacific Gas and Electric cut power to more than 800,000 customers “leaving more than two million people without lights, air conditioning, computers and refrigerators.”
The leaders of Extinction Rebellion—that global juggernaut that has become standard-bearer of the “Keep It in the Ground” movement almost overnight—are having an identity crisis.
They desperately want to tell the world that their true mission is “to bring down all the regimes in the world,” but they recognize that “that adopting a strong anti-capitalist stance would be movement suicide.”
The surprisingly successful Extinction Rebellion is running a con game on everyone, especially their own followers. Ostensibly the standard bearer of the “Keep It in the Ground” movement, Extinction Rebellion (XR) is actually on a mission to topple governments, destroy the global economy, and “replace representative democracy.” At least according to the architect of the XR movement, Roger Hallam.
When will EV proponents learn that attempting to manipulate consumer choice (and the free market) doesn’t end well? If California and Colorado are any indication, the answer is “not any time soon.”
The Keep It in the Ground (KIITG) activists have been surprisingly candid about their real objectives in recent weeks.
Divestment advocates should take heed: the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (Calpers), one of the earliest and biggest proponents of divestment, is reconsidering its stance in the wake of a tremendous budget shortfall generated by their social activism investing strategy.
The “Keep It in the Ground” activists have been making a lot of noise in their effort to shut down Enbridge Line 5, the critical pipeline system that brings in light crude and natural gas liquids (NGL) from Canada to help Michigan and the Great Lakes region meet its energy needs. But recently, other voices have been making themselves heard, including elected officials, business organizations, local and national unions, and even the media.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ administration has announced that talks with automakers to create a voluntary electric vehicle (EV) plan have failed to reach an agreement, meaning that the state’s Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) mandate will move forward. Such a ZEV mandate would force automakers to sell a certain percentage of ZEVs a year.
Unfortunately, as happened with the oil and gas overhaul bill, this rule is being pushed through without proper consultation with all of the affected parties. Although such a mandate would impact consumers statewide, there is currently only a single hearing scheduled—which will be held in an affluent Denver suburb.
When it comes to recent pipeline decisions, all too often it’s not a case of “letting the perfect crowd out the good,” but “letting the nonexistent crowd out the great.”
Following the denial of yet another pipeline permit in New York state, National Grid—the nation’s second largest utility—has stopped processing requests for new natural gas hookups in New York City.
This is the second utility to put a hold on natural gas permits in the greater New York City area in two months. Last March, Con Edison imposed a moratorium on new natural gas hookups in Westchester County, just north of New York City, because it would soon face more demand for gas “than the existing interstate system can bring into our area.”