I read with some interest and more than a little apprehension the article in print that states we are going to be producing 80 percent of the energy we use in this county by the year 2030.
We experienced the results of this kind of thinking and planning this winter in the Great state of Texas. We reside a couple of miles from the U.S. – Mexico border for a couple of months each winter. Unexpectedly the cold weather followed us there and the temperature dropped to 22 to 25 degrees for about three nights in a row.
In Minnesota if it’s a weekend, warm enough for a picnic; in Texas it was a complete disaster. No electricity, no water, no food of any kind available. We witnessed families sitting around wood fires in their yard to stay warm. When a gas station managed to open there were 75 cars waiting for gas and it was cash only. The grocery stores ended up throwing away all their perishables.
I was amazed to see an infrastructure that millions of people rely on collapse completely. Excuses! Excuses! No one wants to take credit for it. It has to be someone else’s fault! Why in the world do we keep trying to reinvent the wheel? All these fixes of our energy system are not cheaper. They are not dependable and they have to be backed up by another energy source.
One thought I did come away from there with, and it’s something many people forget. You are on your own. You cannot rely on Ma or Pa Electricity to provide for you. And the more our energy systems depend on all this free clean energy, the bigger the chance is you will be pumping water by hand. It is not a matter of if it will happen, it is just a matter of when.