Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s energy plan would cause “massive rolling blackouts and higher energy costs” similar to what is seen in California, said Chuck DeVore, the vice president of national initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
“California gets 33% of its electricity from unreliable renewable sources like solar and wind. By law, that has to go to 60% in only 10 years,” the former California State assembly member told “Fox & Friends.”
DeVore said that California has been able to “keep the lights on” because of the “rest of the western interconnect, that's the 13 western states, Mexico and Canada.”
“They still have a fair amount of reliable power from nuclear, coal and natural gas," he said. "But California’s policies are causing those reliable generators to go bankrupt and, as a result, now California does not have enough power that they can import during peak energy needs and so you’re getting blackouts and far more costly electricity."
Last month Biden proposed spending $2 trillion over four years to ignite development of more clean energy in order to achieve a pollution-free power sector by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions 15 years later.
Biden called for transforming the federal fleet of vehicles from gas to electric, building 500,000 charging stations along the nation’s highways for electric vehicles, upgrading 4 million buildings and weatherizing 2 million homes over the next four years to increase energy efficiency, and offering government grants to retool factories. His plan also calls for creating an Environmental and Climate Justice Division within the Department of Justice.
The former vice president’s proposal goes further than the one he unveiled during the Democratic presidential primaries – and reflects his adoption of some of his former rivals' positions. His overall $2 trillion price tag is up $300 billion from his original plan.
“The reason why California’s electrical costs haven’t spiked even further is that as they have been paying for this green bling," DeVore said, "they haven’t been investing in high power lines, they haven’t been investing in reliable powerplants. Instead, they have been putting their money into wind and solar. What has been happening is that they have been able to kind of be a parasite sucking off of the reliable power in the rest of the west.”
DeVore said, “Well, if the Biden plan was put into effect for the whole country, you're not going to have other states to bail you out. What you’re going to have to do is invest hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars in these massive lithium-ion battery farms weighing hundreds of millions of tons, and you have to then be able to store up electricity when you can make it during, for example, mild summer days and you have to store it not just for heatwaves like we just saw, but, you have to be able to store it for the winter. Imagine keeping the lights on in New York during the winter when it is not particularly windy or sunny. That is the challenge.”