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Just Days After Phasing Out New Gas Cars, California Says “Avoid Charging EVs” Amid Grid Emergency

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Update (1820ET): Shortly after 1800ET, just as Californians begin to head home for the day, the California Independent System Operator issued a level-1 energy emergency alert shortly after tapping all its available power supplies.

Despite earlier warnings to reduce usage, Californians – in all their self-righteous virtue – decided to charge their EV anyway, pushing demand above capacity

Bear in mind that it is not even in the scheduled Flex Alert period (from 4pm to 9pm PST) yet.

“It’s pretty clear Mother Nature has outrun us,” California Governor Gavin Newsom, who issued an executive order Wednesday to free up emergency power supplies, said during a news conference.

“The reality is we’re living in an age of extremes — extreme heat, extreme drought.”

…and extreme lack of grid preparedness for your state’s virtue-signaling.

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Update (1600ET): As the day went on, California warmed up more than expected and that has prompted California’s grid operator to issue a specific warning of the potential for power shortfalls that could lead to blackouts on Wednesday night.

Officials asked residents to cut back on power use Wednesday between 4 and 9 p.m. as temperatures soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

“This is a manifestation of what CAISO warned folks about back in May, that unless they see voluntary curtailments the grid could become unstable during certain periods of high demand,” said Gary Cunningham, director of market research at risk management firm Tradition Energy. 

“In this case it is extreme heat that is causing it, but overall weakness in the supply picture are adding to the issue.”

The heat poses the biggest test to the grid since the summer of 2020, when rolling outages engulfed portions of the state. 

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California power grid officials have a sobering warning this week, telling customers to brace for potential blackouts as the state’s grid faces capacity constraints over the Labor Day weekend.

“The top three conservation actions are to set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and charging electric vehicles, and turn off unnecessary lights. 

Lowering electricity use during that time will ease strain on the system, and prevent more drastic measures, including rotating power outages,” California Independent System Operator (CAISO) told customers. 

California’s grid is projected to exceed 48,000 megawatts next Monday, the highest of the year, as a menacing heatwave will send temperatures across the state 10-20 degrees above normal through next Tuesday

The fact that CAISO has to ask customers not to charge their EVs during the current heatwave implies the grid is fragile.

If weather or grid conditions worsen, the ISO may issue a series of emergency notifications to access additional resources and prepare market participants and the public for potential energy shortages and the need to conserve,” California’s grid operator warned. 

A surge in EV charging at home could bring down parts of the state’s grid. 

So much for the green energy transition to unreliable renewable solar and wind. 

How exactly is the progressive state – which is hellbent on ridding fossil fuel generation from the grid and replacing it with unreliable solar and wind – going to support all the new EVs after lawmakers passed a new measure last week to eliminate all gas-powered vehicles by 2035?

Nuclear is the only answer to decarbonizing a power grid with sustainable power generation. Asia gets it

Grid operators are concerned by the increasing use of air conditioners, and as the evening rolls around, people plug in their EVs to charge, increasing power demand as supply constraints suggest the state will have years of a chaotic grid, similar to a third world country. 

This post was originally published at Zero Hedge

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Climate Lockdowns: They’re Actually Doing It!

Regional driving rationing.

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Residents of Oxford will only be allowed to drive out of their designated region twice a week.

Travel rationing limits in the name of saving the planet. Brazen green tyranny.

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Videos: Climate ‘Protesters’ Thrown Around Like Rag Dolls By Angry French Motorists

And the police aren’t pissing around with them either

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Everyday French people have had it with climate ‘protesters’ sitting in the road and blocking traffic, as the following footage shows.

Just like in Britain, people trying to drive to work are sick and tired of their daily commute being continually disrupted by people in orange vests crowing about the world ending in 800 days and gluing themselves to the road.

Unlike in Britain, where the police give them cups of tea and make sure they’re warm, the cops in France aren’t pissing around:

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The ‘protesters,’ reportedly with the group ‘Derniere Renovation’ which translates as ‘Last renovation’ (what?) have been blocking traffic near Paris and in other French cities.

“The only way that we everyday people have left to put pressure on the government is to literally go and sit on the road,” says Victor, 25.

Who are the everyday people? If you have time to sit in the middle of a highway sulking, it ‘aint you mon cheri.

Victor also “locked” himself to a stage prop at an opera and was instantly booed and hissed at by the audience.

In the video above he “literally” claims such acts are “literally” the only choice now because “literally” everything else has been “literally” ignored by politicians, despite the fact that the insane green agenda has been adopted wholesale by practically every European government.

Those that aren’t sitting in the road are throwing paint all over artworks and sculptures:

As we’ve previously highlighted, the vast majority appear to be trust fund bed wetters with nothing better to do, trying to find a meaning to their lives.

Dozens of museums recently issued a statement condemning the attacks and stating that they are “deeply shaken by their risky endangerment.”

The culprits believe that attention-seeking to propagandize for climate change activism, a cause amplified by virtually every major media outlet, corporation, the entertainment industry, cultural institution, government and academia, is some kind of rebellious, edgy statement.

It isn’t.

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    Canadian Bank Launches Credit Card Linked to Carbon Emissions

    Technocrats move towards carbon allowance credits.

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    A bank in Canada has become the first in the country to launch a credit card that tracks a customer’s carbon emissions, amid concerns that such a scheme could one day be used to restrict purchases.

    In an effort by the credit union to display its commitment to ‘climate action’, Vancity will offer a credit card that links purchases to carbon emissions, allowing customers to compare their monthly carbon footprint to the national average.

    The bank will also advise customers on how to limit their carbon footprint.

    “We know many Vancity members are looking for ways to reduce the impact they have on the environment, particularly when it comes to the emissions that cause climate change,” said Jonathan Fowlie, Vancity’s Chief External Relations Officer.

    “As a member-owned financial cooperative, we believe it is our job to do everything we can to help, especially when it comes to the decisions people make with their money. This tool will equip Vancity Visa credit cardholders with valuable information on their purchases and enable them to connect their daily spending decisions to the change they want to see in the world.”

    According to research carried out by Visa, more than 50% of Canadians are interested in monitoring their carbon footprint.

    As we previously highlighted, back in October, Australia’s Commonwealth Bank (CBA) also announced a similar scheme, giving the customer the option to “pay a fee” to offset their carbon footprint, with the average listed as 1,280 kilograms, a long way from the ‘sustainable’ figure of 200 kilograms.

    Allied with climate lockdowns, technocrats want to exploit hysteria over climate change to increase financial control over individuals.

    Such a proposal was presented in the science journal Nature by four environmental “experts” as a means of reducing global carbon emissions.

    Everyone would be issued with a ‘carbon allowance card’ “that would entail all adults receiving an equal tradable carbon allowance that reduces over time in line with national [carbon] targets.”

    The authors make it clear that the program would be a “national mandatory policy.”

    Carbon units would be “deducted from the personal budget with every payment of transport fuel, home-heating fuels and electricity bills,” and anyone going over the limit would be forced to purchase additional units in the personal carbon market from those with excess to sell.”

    This would naturally only negatively impact poorer people, with the rich able to buy carbon credits in abundance and still enjoy their lavish, environmentally unfriendly opulent lifestyles.

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