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As usual, Mr. Bush got it right by calling the blackout a “wake-up call.” But it’s more than that. One of the biggest reasons that old Gray-out Davis made such a hash of the California budget was his decision to buy at short-term rates some very expensive electricity from other states. California — itself the height of enviro-whacko irresponsibility — hasn’t built a power plant in over a decade. Forget nukes. The Marin County Mafia and the Hollywoodenheads have conspired to prevent the construction of any power plants at all.
The blackout was so widespread because the power grid is dependent on so few sources of electricity. The grid is nothing more than a network for distributing power. It creates none. Worrying about the power grid is diverting attention from the basic problem. Even with the best power grid, you are only moving someone else’s electrons around. Generating more electricity is the only real answer.
As usual, the Dems and the bureaucrats — in this case, the jerks from FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — want to impose a grid system like the one that cascaded to blackouts last week on regions of the country where power is cheap and pretty reliable, like the South. What they would do is force low-cost suppliers to make up for the lack of generation of power in places where it is high-cost, like the Northeast. Better to scrap FERC, and give the states real incentives to build the power plants they desperately need, both nuke and non-nuke.
There are too many directions in which that thought must be pursued. We cannot fail to provide adequate and reliable power, for our national security — both physical and economic — depend on it. The enviro-whackos who prevent power plants from being built, and who have essentially banned nuclear power from any growth in America, will have to be outvoted and outfought in Congress and the states. Even then, building power plants will cost enormous amounts of money, which will bankrupt state and federal budgets unless corresponding spending reductions are made in other programs. The choice is between cutting the nanny government down to size, or seeing the most urgent priorities fall prey to the political whims of the Libs. Ain’t it always?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?