Record Cold as Obama’s “Warming” Decrees Endanger Power Grid
Written by Alex Newman
As the Obama administration continues to spew more and more “global warming” decrees attacking the energy-producing sector, Americans all across the country are suffering from record cold and record snow yet again — exactly the opposite of what the United Nations and its discredited “climate models” predicted should be happening. Experts are warning that the record-shattering cold, similar to last winter’s, may further stress the already overburdened power grid as Americans struggle to heat their homes amid what critics call Obama’s war on coal and other energy. And the worst may be yet to come.
In an exceedingly rare phenomenon for this time of year, all 50 states were dealing with below-freezing temperatures at the same time, with more than 85 percent of the surface of the continental United States experiencing a freeze. This week, more than 225 million Americans have endured subfreezing temperatures — something Dr. Ryan Maue with WeatherBell called “astounding.” New York City, Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh, Detroit, Washington, D.C., Jacksonville, Baltimore, and other cities across the country have shattered records for cold temperatures, according to news reports.
“Tuesday morning, America 'as a whole' awoke to the coldest it has been in November since 1976 — 38 years ago,” explained Dr. Maue, adding that the average for the lower 48 states plummeted to less than 20 degrees, “typical of mid-winter not November 18!” There were also record lows from Idaho to Nebraska and Iowa, south to Texas and east through the Great Lakes, he said. “The eastern 2/3 of the U.S. will shatter decades-long and in some cases, century-long records,” Maue added. “Temperatures east of the Rockies will be 20-40°F below climate normals.” Temperatures in recent days are 10 degrees centigrade below climate normal — “more anomalous than even during the polar vortex of early January.”
Meanwhile, record levels of snow fall also gripped parts of New York and Michigan, along with Cincinnati and other areas. Over half of the United States was covered with snow, something described as very “unusual” for mid-November. More than a dozen Americans have died due to the unseasonably cold weather and the massive snowfalls already, according to news reports. More deaths are expected, and the war on energy could quickly turn the freezing temperatures into a veritable human tragedy of epic proportions.
“All 50 states have low temperatures BELOW freezing tonight,” wrote meteorologist Tim Buckley with WFMY-TV on November 17, adding that even mountain peaks in Hawaii were below freezing. “This typically happens a few times during winter, but is very rare this early in the season.” Even parts of normally warm Florida were experiencing freezing temperatures, in some cases shattering previous all-time records for cold temperatures.
Experts say the unusually frigid and early winter conditions experienced thus far are just a “preview” of yet another winter that, like last year, will be much colder and snowier than normal in the months ahead. The harsh winter, which is expected to continue shattering records across the country, could also be a harbinger of brutally cold winters in the years ahead, too. Some experts are predicting temperatures as much as 20 degrees below normal. If meteorologists and forecasters are correct, more Americans could die from the brutal winter conditions in the months ahead.
Speaking to CNSNews.com, meteorologist and Weather Channel co-founder Joseph D’Aleo, who now serves as chief forecaster at WeatherBell Analytics, said there is more to come. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it snows in Atlanta, Dallas, and Birmingham,” he said. “We’ve been talking about this being another one of those historic winters since the spring. The summer before last, we had seen last winter as being one that people near the Great Lakes would remember for a long time, and it turned out to be the coldest December to March on record in Chicago, and the snowiest in Detroit, and top five coldest in many places in the central [part of the United States].”
Thanks in large part to the administration’s efforts to shut down power plants and energy production under the guise of battling “global warming,” analysts say the coming conditions could further stress the embattled America electricity grid — potentially causing disaster. “And we saw the same kind of extreme this winter, not exactly in the same place, but another winter that’s going to stress our electric grid and also the energy sources that we have,” D’Aleo was quoted as saying, echoing warnings issued earlier this year about the stressed grid combined with another harsh winter. Numerous other experts have also sounded the alarm.
Indeed, as the administration prepares to unleash the next wave of “global warming” decrees targeting power plants and virtually every form of reliable fuel, this winter could become a nightmare if the unusually high power consumption required to heat homes amid the record cold results in blackouts. Some people could even freeze to death. Other nations with radical “global warming” policies, such as the United Kingdom and Canada, are already dealing with similar problems. Now, even energy suppliers in Texas are issuing warnings, citing, among other concerns, “fuel supply restrictions” and “environmental regulatory changes.” Similar problems are being experienced in the Midwest, too.
Ironically, for the increasingly discredited global-warming alarmists — whose UN models forecasted “milder winter temperatures” and a “decrease” in “heavy snowstorms” — somehow the record cold and snow has been trumpeted as more evidence of man-made “global warming.” Last year, Obama's science czar and former man-made global-cooling alarmist John Holdren — a neo-Malthusian whose book Ecoscience advocated forced abortions, mass involuntary sterilization via the water supply, and a “planetary regime” — actually blamed last winter’s record cold and snow on global warming.
“A growing body of evidence suggests that the kind of extreme cold being experienced by much of the United States as we speak is a pattern we can expect to see with increasing frequency, as global warming continues,” the former cooling alarmist claimed without a trace of irony. That assertion, of course, is exactly the opposite of what the UN “settled science” produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted — the same “settled science” supposedly underpinning all of the anti-CO2 scheming being perpetrated by Obama, the UN, and governments around the world to fight "warming."
In its 2001 global-warming report, for example, the widely ridiculed UN body claimed that the planet would see “warmer winters and fewer cold spells, because of climate change.” Its Third Assessment Report, which warmists touted as the holy grail of “settled climate science,” also declared that “milder winter temperatures will decrease heavy snowstorms.” In keeping with their past track record going as far back as the man-made “global cooling” hysteria of a few decades ago, virtually every falsifiable prediction made by the alarmists has proven to be embarrassingly wrong.
That does not mean that the Obama administration plans to give up on its “Climate Plan.” In fact, just the opposite is occurring — even after alarmists were crushed in the mid-term elections and surveys showed a solid majority of Americans rejecting the increasingly ridiculous-seeming UN-Obama global-warming theory. As The New American reported last week, the White House is plotting to unleash an avalanche of executive orders and regulations supposedly aimed at combating what Obama and his most loyal apparatchiks continue to claim is “man-made global warming.” Despite satellite data showing that warming stopped over 18 years ago, the White House, mocking Congress and declaring Obama unstoppable, also unveiled yet another $100 billion worth of “climate” schemes this week.
Considering the fact that all of the falsifiable global warming and global cooling predictions have failed miserably, the campaign to rebrand the dubious UN theories as “climate change” makes sense — though the UN continues to hype warming despite its conspicuous absence. However, as politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., deal with record cold despite all of the predictions for higher temperatures, less snow, and milder winters, the climate alarmists in government are again looking foolish. It is time for Congress to rein in the EPA and the administration before the record cold, combined with Obama’s war on energy now destabilizing the power grid, harms or even kills more Americans.