Will Biden’s next crisis be electricity blackouts? Congress demands answers

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“Blackouts are life threatening and extremely dangerous,” key lawmaker warns.

“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”  Psalms 95:6 (KJV) 

GOP congressional leaders are demanding to know what plans the Biden administration has to prevent electricity blackouts that are predicted for this summer.

The inquiries are being led by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In that capacity, she authored two letters this week that were signed by 25 other Republicans.

The letters have been sent to Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Richard Glick, chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The letters demand information by June 21 about what steps Granholm and FERC are taking to keep lights and air conditioners on across American during the summer heat.

“These reliability risks have been unfolding in plain sight, yet we have seen little concerted effort during the Biden administration to address relevant policies that contribute to these risks—policies relating to the delivery of energy fuels, market-design issues, environmental agendas, and regulations that threaten power generation,” state the letters dated June 6.

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation warned in late May that parts of the U.S. face the possibility of blackout in the coming weeks.

Devin Hartman, director of energy and environmental policy for the R Street Institute and a former NERC advisor, described the risk for the grid failure for Washington and the West coast to The Center Square as “unlikely, but not trivial.”

NERC expects the electricity shortfall to be worse for customers living in a large region in the middle of the nation, extending from Wisconsin to Louisiana, with an increased risk to the grid during the times of ext…

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