Yvonne Balcer’s recent letter to the Hudson Reporter has some serious flaws. Her letter is about Governor Murphy’s Master Plan to reduce fossil fuels in New Jersey. Ms. Balcer tried to blame the Texas winter energy outage on green energy. According to the Texas Tribune, “Officials for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages most of Texas’ grid, said the primary cause of the outages Tuesday appeared to be the state’s natural gas providers. Many are not designed to withstand such low temperatures on equipment or during production.”
Ms. Balcer is worried about Murphy’s plan to greatly reduce the use of natural gas by 2050. We will be very lucky if we are not under water by 2050. Global sea level has risen 8–9 inches since 1880, a third of that coming in just the last 25 years. Now massive amounts of rainfall are common and causing devastating flooding, yet Balcer denies climate change. 97 percent of actively publishing climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming and climate change. Ms. Balcer thinks that natural gas is clean energy but she didn’t mention that fracking for natural gas has contaminated drinking water and has caused earthquakes. From 2015 to 2017, there were 12 deaths and 10 injuries reported from natural gas pipelines in the US. Pipeline explosions also cause millions of dollars in damage and evacuations.
Ms. Balcer is critical of California’s blackouts. Last summer, there wasn’t enough electricity due to extreme heat caused by global warming, which also causes more extensive wildfires. So thanks to innovation in California, they created new generators which are smaller, and get twice as much energy from the same amount of gas. Yes, they use some natural gas there. I’m more worried about climate change than I am about Governor Murphy’s plan.