“An all-electric economy, with the electricity itself reliant on unreliable wind and solar generation, is exactly the future envisioned for Virginia and being put into place by Governor Ralph Northam and the majority in the General Assembly.”
Week-long electrical outages have been random but constant occurrences throughout my life here in Norfolk. Because of this I keep two large kerosene space heaters and a propane camp stove in the basement. They get used at least once almost every year. Also, I have a gas-powered SUV to get me out of the neighborhood when it floods, which also happens about once year. If all my heat and transportation depended on electricity, I and my family would have real troubles during these predictable disaster periods.
I have heard it said that we must end our use of fossil fuels because global warming is a threat to the survival of all living things on Earth. I straight up don’t believe it because, in my own experience, kerosene, propane and gasoline are key to my survival when the power goes out. I believe that very principle can be extended to all of humanity for solid, technical reasons alone. Besides, global warming is far from a proven threat, from what I can tell.
I get it that other energy sources can substitute for fossil fuels to produce electricity, but I don’t want to depend on electricity alone for my comfort, cooking and mobility. And while I appreciate the concept that an infinite number of engineers, given an infinite amount of money, could create an infinitely reliable electrical system that uses no fossil fuels, the prospects do not look encouraging to me.