- Oct 2, 2020 2:37 pm GMT
I know many of my green friends won't like what I'm about to say, but we cannot escape reality: New England desperately depends on Natural Gas fired generators to keep the lights on. That's a fact. We cannot have reliable electricity, given today's generations fleet, without natural gas units and they need to have a secure supply of gas available in order to produce enough electricity to keep the lights on.
Personally, I have no desire to live through rolling blackouts and would much prefer that we keep the lights on, reliably, using the means available, as we work to reduce air polluting GHG.
The next time you think we should "turn off the Gas", place yourself in the following situation then tell me what's important to you in the moment:
You're riding in an elevator with 20 other people, ranging in age from 6 months to 97 years, to the top of a Skyscraper when the lights go out. You're stuck between floors 71-72 for the next 12 hours. Stress levels are rising and remember, biological functions do not stop just because the lights go out. By hour 8 it is becoming unbearable and unhealthy to be in that environment and you begin to realize just how important reliable electricity is to your health and happiness. You might be saying to yourself, darn we should have built that gas pipeline 5 years ago to keep the lights on so that I wouldn't have to endure this situation, today. I welcome all comments to support shutting the gas off, when you picture yourself in this scenario.
IMO, we must have both reliable electricity and clean air, but this will require a transition, there is no "big bang" solution available today. This is a journey, let's make sure we have reliable electricity throughout as we transition to cleaner solutions.
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