That colossus of thinking, AOC proposes closing down the coal-fired electricity plant in Puerto Rico. That plant produces enough energy to meet 20% of the island’s power. So, if you shut down the plant, how do replace the plant? Currently, only 2 1/2% of the power on the island comes from renewable energy. It is literally impossible for Puerto Rico to increase renewables to 22.5% of the electricity needed to power the island.
She does not legislate like a bartender. She legislates more like a bartender’s best customer. During a Thursday hearing for the House Natural Resources Committee, the lawmaker proposed shutting down the coal plant AES Puerto Rico’s coal plant in Guayama, which supplies such a large portion of the island’s energy. She offered no way to replace the power. Perhaps, she would ration electricity. Everybody would have their electricity cut off every fifth day.
Center for Industrial Progress founder Alex Epstein said:
“I tried to convince her that this would be beyond devastating to the people of Puerto Rico.”
At today's Congressional hearing, Rep. @AOC advocated shutting down "tomorrow" the reliable, resilient coal plant that provides *20%* of electricity-challenged Puerto Rico's electricity.
I tried to convince her that this would be beyond devastating to the people of Puerto Rico. pic.twitter.com/bOF0fm7D5w
— Alex Epstein (@AlexEpstein) July 1, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez commented during the hearing:
“Now I want to debunk… ‘chicken little’ arguments on how if we would close the coal plants, it would cause catastrophic effects for the energy supply on the island. AES could close tomorrow while keeping the lights on and preventing price increases on the island.”
“Energy is the industry that powers every other industry. The lower cost and more reliable energies are the lower cost and more reliable everything is, and vice versa. I just want to stress that Puerto Rico’s energy situation is terrible, and one of the reasons I want to testify today is nobody is talking about that. They’re talking about ‘How do we maintain the status quo?’ The status quo is terrible in Puerto Rico.”
“It definitely needs more low cost, reliable energy,” he continued. “And just as one more comment, it doesn’t seem like anyone here knows the actual effect.”
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Epstein noted that the argument that Texas’ trouble earlier was because they did not rely enough on green energy. Epstein disagreed with the assessment. He said what happened in Texas is that they pulled money out of reliable energy and used that money for wind and solar, which do not work when you need it the most.
He said AOC’s proposal would turn Puerto Rico into a third-world country.