No, Ms. Bahr, the Navajo Generating Station is NOT closing because of wind and solar

All politics involves the art of lying. The Left obsesses over Donald Trump’s unique practice of the art (Although… really. Wasn’t James Comey just a couple months ago the lying spawn of Satan-Trump himself?), but prevarication is a well-worn screwdriver in the progressive toolkit, too.

Leftist lies are often by omission. If someone had had the good sense to ask President Obama what might happen if your insurance company were to alter that healthcare plan you like by as little as a comma, then we all may have learned that you really couldn’t keep the fricking plan, after all.

Missed opportunities.

The Arizona Republic recently published (apparently only in its paper editions) a great example of a Leftist’s Lie by Omission. It ran on Saturday on the oped pages. By the director of the local Sierra Club, Sandy Bahr.

Bahr wrote about the impending closing of the Navajo Generating Station near Page. It is the largest coal-fired power plant in the Western U.S. In addition to delivering power to a multitude of states, it provides power to the Central Arizona Project, which delivers (uphill!) Arizona’s portion of Colorado River water. That takes a lot of power.

The NGS had an Obama-era target on its back. Closing it was a top goal of Obama’s activist Environmental Protection Agency. But even with the obnoxious “Clean Power Plan” in hand, Obama’s fierce change-agents at the EPA couldn’t quite pull it off. They managed to shut down a third of the plant’s capacity, but that was it.

Then, earlier this year, the owner-operators announced the plant would close. The driving force? It wasn’t the heavy hand of Washington at work. It was economics. Coal, historically one of the cheapest and most efficient-burning sources of energy, could no longer compete with other, cheaper power-providers.

Enter the exultant Ms. Bahr, crowing on the pages of the Republic about how coal-fired power “simply cannot compete against cheaper — and cleaner — energy options.”

Which is true. And if Ms. Bahr had simply ended her sentence there, she would have been spot-on accurate. Coal really is in a death spiral as a fuel source nationally because natural gas is so cheap.

But Ms. Bahr is an environmental activist, which renders it impossible for her to acknowledge that coal is being displaced by cleaner burning gas, because gas is not perfect, and Leftists bow only to perfection.

So she had to write this: “The largest coal plant in Arizona, and the entire U.S. West, may be shutting its doors far sooner than anyone expected because it simply cannot compete against cheaper — and cleaner — energy options such as solar and wind.” (emphasis added)

For honest environmentalists, the revolution in the natural-gas industry is a hugely significant event. But it is largely because of fracking, which they despise. So very few on the Green Left can acknowledge how natural gas is dampening the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

But the NGS is not closing because of competition from heavily subsidized energy options such as solar and wind. It is closing because natural gas. Because fracking.

Nowhere in Ms. Bahr’s oped (subscription required) does she mention the words “natural” and “gas” next to each other. And that is just a falsehood.

Even in the Age of Trump, it qualifies as a lie.

 

 


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