In the wake of recent electrical blackouts impacting hundreds of thousands of Californians, President Donald Trump is warning that it could be just a preview of what to expect if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins on Election Day.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, Trump denounced California Democrats as unable to “keep up with energy demand” throughout an ongoing heatwave.
“Unable to keep up with energy demand”
The president predicted that Biden would adopt such “failed” policies, leading to a period of decline across California and the nation.
Californians have experienced the rolling blackouts since Friday, marking the first time in nearly two decades that such measures were deemed necessary to maintain widespread power delivery as demand outpaces supply.
This troubling development marks the latest in a continuing debate over the state’s struggles to conserve energy while transitioning to renewable sources. Trump, a strident advocate for fossil fuels, weighed in with a tweet on Tuesday.
“Democrats are unable to keep up with energy demand,” he wrote. “Meanwhile, I gave America energy independence in fact, so much energy we could never use it all.”
He went on to attribute the outages to statewide policies, suggesting that Biden has embraced a similar platform as a result of pressure from progressives like U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
“We don’t need an investigation”
As for California officials, neither Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom nor the Independent System Operator, which operates the power grid, blamed the shift toward renewable energy sources. Nevertheless, Newsom called the blackouts “unacceptable” and conceded the need for more “sober” expectations of solar and wind power.
Republicans in the state say the cause of the blackouts is hardly a mystery.
“The governor says he wants an investigation,” said Assemblyman Jim Batterson. “We don’t need an investigation. What we need more electricity available when we need it, and that’s gonna mean turn the natural gas plants back on. We need more electricity. Plain and simple.”
Biden has indeed shifted his position to the left on this issue. Part of his presidential platform calls for an economy divested from fossil fuels by the year 2035.
While Tuesday night marked the second consecutive night without rolling blackouts, the development is likely enough to convince some of the state’s residents to reconsider existing energy policies.