Is it really wise to set end dates to shut down fossil-fuel power plants in Illinois?
The Chicago Tribune article titled: Law sets end dates for fossil – fuel power plants, reported the double edge sword statement:
“Pritzker and some lawmakers stopped short of confronting the States coal industry – at least directly – because it produces jobs and pays taxes….”
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate an ancient wisdom prover and to question is Illinois has just passed a law or to produce a favorable headline or in need of wisdom advise to save the State from embarking on a foolish energy policy?
Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. 16And I said, “Wisdom is better than strength, but the wisdom of the poor man is despised, and his words are not heeded.” … (Ecclesiastes 9:15-16))
What’s My Point?
Illinois also approved by law to subsidize nuclear power which produces the carbon free emissions which at one time was the lowest cost energy before less costly methods of gas fracking was discovered.
My point is to question is another poor man wise man will not be heeded and forgotten when a coal or gas angry producing plant is shut down and power outages result.
In My Opinion
Today’s costs to build a power plant for any source of energy is staggering compared to when they were originally built.
I really have to wonder if anyone passing laws understands that when we change from gasoline power engines to battery powered engines, Illinois is going to need more power plant sources instead of less.
Perhaps we need to consider if coal plants scrubbers should also be subsidized because when or if gas pos which also emits carbon and needs water for fracking etc. etc.
Add that if only Illinois stops using coal powered energy and other States do not, perhaps there is going to be a shortage of tax funding in addition a shortage of power.
And will wind and solar ever be sufficient to produce the added power needs etc. etc.
In other words, I surmise we are going to need another poor man to save the Illinois Cities and States if we shut down rather coal and gas power plants in Illinois as the headlines report, especially when consumers open up the energy bills in the future
Should Illinois focus again on reviewing coal carbon emissions and even subsidize if necessary same as nuclear power subsidies were just enacted.
Was a through cost comparison feasibility study made by Illinois similar to one in the Source links below to compare all energy sources available before the law was passed in Illinois?
Is the headline article based on cost-based facts or fictions in the future to be forgotten same as the ancient wiseman wisdom observation made 3000 years ago by King Solomon?
If Illinois shuts down fossil fuel plants will Illinois resident all be wise of foolish poor men in the future?
Read the Source links below
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Chicago Tribune September 19,2021
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