Biden declares US energy emergency — Analysis

The nation’s ability to provide sufficient electricity is under threat, partly because of Russia-Ukraine conflict, president says

President Joe Biden has blamed Russia for another crisis, saying the US might not be able to generate enough electricity to meet consumer demand partly because of Moscow’s military offensive against Ukraine.

President Donald Trump declared an energy crisis on Monday. This was to declare that the national security of America and our quality of life could be at risk due to possible power supply shortages. He invoked the Defense Production Act – originally part of an industrial mobilization effort in response to the Korean War – to spur domestic production of solar panels and other forms of “clean”Energy to increase power supply

“Multiple factors are threatening the ability of the United States to provide sufficient electricity generation to serve expected customer demand,”Biden made these remarks in his emergency declaration. “These factors include disruptions of energy markets caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change.”

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California and Texas have experienced power outages due to increased reliance on renewable energy. Solar and wind power are intermittent, so periods of high demand aren’t always matched by supplies. Last year’s Texas winter was a record-breaking one. Wind turbines were frozen during the blackout, which resulted to 246 deaths and $195 billion of damage.

Biden’s emergency declaration included a two-year exemption from tariffs on solar panels from four Southeast Asian countries. Proposed tariffs were blamed for delaying important solar projects in America. About three-quarters (33%) of solar modules that are installed in the US come from Southeast Asia.

Russia is being blamed by the president for high fuel prices in America and an increase in inflation that has reached a record 40 year. He’s also attributed a looming global food crisis to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.



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