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Letter: Losing coal power plants could lead to blackouts

Losing coal power plants could lead to blackouts

I don’t believe the majority of readers understand the consequences of closing the Huntley and other coal power plants.

Our aging and vulnerable power grid had 120 percent of capacity before Obama became president. In 2008, Sen. Obama said: “If someone wants to build a new coal-fired power plant they can, but it will bankrupt them because they will be charged a huge sum for all the greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.” Why would he do that? I remember past blackouts!

Over 70 percent of that 120 percent was produced by fossil fuels and a whopping 40 percent of the fossil fuels were coal. So thanks to Obama’s coal power plant closings, our grid is soon to be at 80 percent of capacity versus the previous 120 percent. That’s with no viable replacement for coal. If readers understood how the grid works, they would ask if he’s trying to destroy America.

If the country exceeds Obama’s new 80 percent capacity, which it will, parts of the overloaded grid will shut down. When that happens, another already overloaded section will try to “help” and also shut down, until there is no more and we are in the dark. Think about being without power for a few weeks, by the hand of our president and not the Chinese.

J. Gary DiLaura

Niagara Falls