Oh, No! Bernie Sanders Has Completely Gone Mad – Will Take Over Power Grid

Oh, No! Bernie Sanders Has Completely Gone Mad – Will Take Over Power Grid

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, does not lack for plans to remake American society in the “democratic socialist” image. From the Green New Deal to Medicare for All, the United States would be a decidedly different place than the one people have grown up in.

Politico is reporting that Bernie would also like to seize control of the electric power grid to transition the production of electricity from primarily fossil fuels to renewable energy, wind and solar. He expects this transition to be completed by 2030.

He would accomplish this task not so much by exerting direct federal control over the existing power grid, but by building a government power system that uses wind and solar, thus shrinking the current patchwork of private and municipal-owned power generators into insignificance and, in due course, nonexistence.

“A Sanders administration would pour funding into the four existing “power marketing administrations” that are overseen by the Energy Department, as well as the Tennessee Valley Authority and one newly created entity, to vastly expand their solar, wind and geothermal power production. Those organizations currently provide power from hydroelectric dams to 33 states, and would be able to sell the increased green energy to local utilities nationwide — creating a sort of “public option” that would compete with the coal, natural gas and nuclear plants owned by privately owned power generators.”

Analysts suggest that Bernie’s master plan would be a massive political and bureaucratic nightmare. It would be a difficult political sell for states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania. Labor unions and oil and gas companies would oppose the plan with every ounce of their strength.

The plan would involve Congress changing dozens of laws, many of which have been in existence since FDR’s New Deal. Even if Congress were to implement the plan as Bernie Sanders contemplates, the new, government-owned system would be very difficult to administer.

Two problems exist surrounding Bernie’s plan to, in effect, replace the current power grid with a nationalized system.

First, Berniepower would eschew two promising, carbon-free power technologies, namely nuclear and carbon capture. Nuclear power by definition does not emit co2 greenhouse gasses. Modern designs of nuclear power plants are far safer than the one the suffered an accident at Three Mile Island 40 years ago.

Carbon capture is a technology that, instead of emitting co2 into the atmosphere, sequesters the greenhouse gas for either storage oi for sale to industrial users. A pilot plant now in operation in La Porte, Texas uses co2 to turn the generators’ turbines after burning natural gas. Similar technology is under development using gasified coal. Carbon capture would eliminate co2 emissions without destroying the fossil fuel industry.

Bernie Sanders has been airily dismissive of technologies such as nuclear and carbon capture. Politico quotes him as being against, “false solutions like nuclear, geoengineering, carbon capture and sequestration, or trash incinerators.”

The second problem with Berniepower is that the existing infrastructure is likely not up to the task of transitioning from fossil fuel to renewable energy so rapidly.

“Critics contend that the existing federal utilities may not be up to the task. Today, the Tennessee Valley Authority still generates about half its power from coal and is in the top-ten of carbon-emitting U.S. utilities. The four western power marketing administrations get most of their energy from hydropower dams, but many are also skeptical they are ready to undertake a massive renewable energy build-out.”

Some critics who agree with the goals of the Green New Deal suggest that instead of a federal power grid that the government imposes green energy standards on the existing private utilities. They would buy green energy from private providers, with the federal government only building more technologically risky renewable projects.

However, such a plan would run counter to Bernie Sanders’ ideology. For him “democratic socialist” is not just a marketing label, but something with meaning. The Green New Deal, for him, is not just a means to eliminate greenhouse gasses, but to exert federal control over as much of the economy as possible.

The very aspects of allowing the private sector to achieve a carbon-free future with flexibility under federal guidelines are abhorrent to Sanders. That system smacks too much of allowing capitalism to persist. Bernie’s goal is to seize the means of power production. The elimination of greenhouse gasses would just be a side effect.

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23 thoughts on “Oh, No! Bernie Sanders Has Completely Gone Mad – Will Take Over Power Grid

  1. OMG – This take over our the power grid is so scary that I’m having a hard time just thinking about the possibility of this actually happening. I hope people wake up and give some very serious thought before they vote,

    1. Good call Mike everyone knows how Communism works so they know not to go for it but in fact they just changed the name so nobody would catch on kind of like how Dotson Auto went out of business and returned under the name of Nissan but if they knew that Socialism hates Religion, Gays, and Blacks. They would put on the brakes turn around and head for the hills. They are just playing nice for the moment until they get their New World Order in place. Then you will all discover what it has cost you I am retired and in failing health so I will be in the front row of those sentenced to Death behind the scenes as the process begins to unfold but do not feel sorry for me I was fortunate enough to be born in a time where I could start my own business and work to enjoy myself I have done almost everything that I wanted and lived a pretty Great life. I wish you could have lived a life like this but you’re time is running out. I hope that all you young Men & Women get wise before it’s to late because with all the destruction at their fingertips it would be nearly impossible to take the country back from them why do you think they are trying to Disarm you so that putting a Tyrannical Government in check will be impossible.
      Be Very Wise with your Votes
      Sincerely
      Smili’n Pat

      P:S They are always raising heck about Taxes on the Upper Class but use logic here if you raise their Taxes they will in turn have to raise the Price to us to to compensate. Thus costing us more to PURCHASE GOODS.

  2. This is why he’s called Crazy Bernie. How did we get out of the Stone Age? It wasn’t because we ran out of stones. It was because thanks to advancements something better came along. Something that was easier, cheaper, worked better, satisfied, etc. The same will be true to get away from oil and nuclear. When wind, solar and geothermal and other things we may have not even thought of yet are easier, cheaper, meet demands, etc. we’ll happily go for them. But cramming it into the economy will do nothing but ruin it. People will have to operate a 45 watt light bulb in their home by peddling a bicycle and they can forget their computer, refrigerator, TV, etc.. But Bernie and the ruling elite will be just fine.

    1. Until far superior Capacitors are created for storing electrical energy it simply will not be possible to use completely environmentally safe means for creating electrical energy, if the sun does not shine, wind does not blow or the river is completely calm with no current there will be no electricity being produced.

      Undertow currents and for geologically less stable areas Geothermal I suppose but if you are nowhere near either of those geological/geographical terrains because at the very least for the former to work you will need to be near a fairly large and deep lake.

  3. The Democrats couldn’t get a website to work for $150,000,000 to roll out obamacare, The Democrats had 3 years to get ready for The Iowa Caucasus and couldn’t even get an app right. The Democrats have controlled California for decades and now we have to have apps to tell you where the dirty drug needles and human poop is thanks to The Democrats policies. NO THANKS, The Government can’t do anything right as it is and a bigger government is going to make things worse.
    It is all about Power and Control for The Democrats. Why do you think they want to run all of our lives and make rules/laws that take away our rights ? So they can make us defenseless against them and they can force their will on us. Look at the history of The Democrats. Socialism sucks and Bernie/AOC want to force it on us. HEL!! TO THE NO !!!!!!!!

    1. Yet they want too force that psychotic thinking through their policies onto those who actually think rationally by bringing it with them wherever they go once their type of thinking has caused their tax rates to ascend to the point where they decided they were no longer going to have their taxes increase, those components of toxic waste need to be banned from relocating to Conservative communities I read a blog of former CaliMeccaJerusalemMexifornians who actually boast about being progressives and still practicing their psychotic actions in their new home primarily TX, O’Dork may beat Cruz yet.

  4. God help us if that lunatic, Bernie Sander, were to get elected. We do not want to become Communist which is what he is. He and the rest of the crazy progressives AOC included will do this country great harm.

  5. God help the country if that lunatic, Bernie Sanders were to get elected. He along with the rest of the progressives will do this great country great harm. We must all fight to preserve our way of life for our children and grandchildren. He is a socialist/communist.

  6. We need to cease burning coal, sorry but you will never filter out enough of the environment damaging chemicals from the smoke, solar is completely impractical, what is required is primarily Nuclear with more wind, Geothermal and Hydroelectric electricity producing facilities as well not to mention far more efficient Capacitors for storing electrical energy when your all natural electrical energy producing methods are not working at peak performance.

    Coal burning should have been banned decades ago dirtiest Fossil fuel on the planet.

  7. Given Mr. Saunders medical history, if he keeps on pushing his physical endurance, he may not, even if elected, have enough time left to even throw the switch to begin the necessary transition. That’s not to say that other democratic socialists wouldn’t pick up the torch, but it is doubtful any of them would even be minimally effective.

  8. I think Sanders and Pelosi have been dipping into the same hooch. There both are crazy and hateful. Democrates will never survive in 2020. They are too evil and taking everyone’s rights away just won’t go. They will go.

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