During WWII, coal firms in the United States advised individuals to buy what they needed for immediate use. Electric providers are warning Americans that the winter might be extended, cold, and dark. However, today’s shortages are not the result of a worldwide conflict that has resulted in more gasoline use than ever before.
Energy consumption will undoubtedly rise as the world emerges from the COVID-19 shutdowns imposed by the government. Almost all nations are increasing their energy consumption compared to the previous year, although this is a return to normal rather than a historic increase. This winter, European utilities are moving from natural gas to coal power to keep the lights on and the heat on.
U.S. Energy Information Administration: Electricity output from coal-fired power plants has not grown as much as it has in the past, or as much as our models predicted in previous STEOs, in reaction to higher natural gas costs. Coal’s weaker price responsiveness for power production is likely due to coal supply restrictions and low coal inventories. Household spending on all primary home heating fuels will rise considerably this winter, owing to higher predicted fuel costs and increased energy usage due to the colder weather. “A 10% colder-than-expected winter boosts anticipated costs substantially, whereas a 10% warmer-than-normal winter still results in increased expenditures.”
The press secretary for the president makes snarky remarks about “the tragedy of the treadmill that’s been delayed.” The truth is that critical supplies and equipment aren’t getting to crucial energy companies promptly. The poorest people in America will be disproportionately harmed as a result of supply shortages and delays. It now takes weeks for supplies required in offshore drilling and production to arrive.
Moreover, residents in South Carolina have been warned that their heating expenses may increase by at least $11 per month this year and next. The questions are why President Biden allowed the Nord Stream 2 project, which will bring Russian natural gas to Germany, to be completed? And what was Biden’s motivation for killing the Keystone XL Pipeline? The administration is putting more and more restrictions on our oil and gas industries.
Biden has brought the United States’ energy independence to an end in less than ten months. It’s easy to see why manufacturing is struggling to keep up with rising demand. The supply chain crises and gasoline shortages that will afflict Americans this winter and beyond were caused by government policies that were both stupid and purposeful.