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No power, no problem for Colorado : We’re not Venezuela. Yet.

Written By | Mar 14, 2019
Colorado, Power Outage, Venezuela, Al Maurer

COLORADO SPRINGS:  A spring storm brought blizzard conditions to the Front Range yesterday. It was best to stay home as schools and businesses were pre-emptively closed yesterday and today.  I-70 west into the mountains and east into Kansas were closed, as were other highways. Power was out from noon yesterday in this writer’s region of El Paso County, allowing us to sample the lifestyle of a socialist-environmentalist utopia.

As well as the lifestyle of a bygone era—for in truth, they are the same thing.

Crippling Colorado life as we know it

The Boulder-ites who run the state legislature are fast-tracking a bill through the legislature that will cripple the oil and gas industry in Colorado. After months spent meeting with special interest groups to draft the legislation behind closed doors, Democratic leadership announced SB 181. This was done in a press conference at the Capitol less than two weeks ago. This bill is exactly the kind of thing the voters rejected in Amendment 112 in November.

The bill passed the Senate yesterday, March 13.

When they chase the oil and gas industry out of Colorado, this week’s power outage will become routine. Rolling blackouts and price hikes will make Colorado seem like the socialist utopia that Venezuela is.

The difference between Colorado and Venezuela is that we can expect that the power will be restored soon.

Modern life cannot exist without power and adequate power for all cannot be obtained from wind turbines and solar panels—each of which have their own environmental issues.

Seventy percent of Colorado homes are heated with natural gas. That means that those without electricity are doing fine in the single-digit weather. Our house is heated with an environmental-friendly ground source heat pump…that doesn’t work without electricity. We do have a gas fireplace, however.

Water is pumped from wells with electricity. No power, no water. One hundred and fifty years ago, domestic water came from wells via a hand pump. That’s how Dorothy’s Auntie Em got her water for cooking, cleaning and washing clothes.

No power, no water, no cappuccino. Whatever will these armchair anarchists drink as they discuss Fanon and Gramsci?

Electricity is used for stoves, ovens and—perhaps most importantly these days—microwaves. We have a gas cooktop. One hundred and fifty years ago, cooking was done on a wood-fired stove. Before that, it would be done on the large stone hearth of a kitchen fireplace.

Colorado, Power Outage, Venezuela, Al Maurer

Making espresso the old-fashioned way: on the stove top.

Green New Deal: Back to the Future?

As the Green New Deal seeks to rebuild every building in America, these methods, once common, will become common again.

Domestic water not only supplies water for the kitchen but also for that wonder of the modern age, indoor plumbing. How many of these college snowflake socialists have ever used an outhouse in 20-degree weather?

The good news is, SJWs can end their war on gender-specific public restrooms. There won’t be any.

As we approach the spring equinox, there’s still twelve hours of darkness. Without power, there are no lights. No lights without candles, that is. And not even candles without tallow, which is rendered animal fat. No cows, no pigs, no fat. Oh, well. Can’t read Marx after sunset.

Thank God for Capitalism

Capitalism has propelled us and an increasing percentage of the rest of the world forward in the space of less than a century. Forward to a place of comfort and security unheard of in human history—and away from the place that environmentalists yearn to return us to.

We’ve survived this lack of power rather nicely with the aid of modern inventions.

Batteries provide light for flashlights and for a lantern that uses LED lights. Batteries environmentalists claim are “hazardous materials.” Unless they’re powering electric cars. LEDs provide more light with no heat, an invention less than twenty years in the marketplace. LEDs have rapidly made mercury-filled CFLs, once mandated by government, obsolete.

It’s capitalism that brings material progress.

It’s capitalism that provides cheap and abundant energy and has recently made the United States a net energy exporter. Think about that compared to the 1973 oil crisis.

It’s capitalism that invented the Surface Go tablet computer that I type this on. A machine many more times powerful than the proto-computers that broke the German and Japanese codes in World War II. That is far smaller and lighter than the tower computers sitting on or under desks just a decade ago. That can run almost ten hours on a lithium battery instead of a 300-watt power supply.

It’s capitalism that commercialized the internet, creating a whole new marketplace both for ideas and material goods.

And it’s the internet that will deliver this writing to the Communities Digital News which will spread it everywhere people have internet access.

The internet access that just returned, along with electric power, after a little more than 21 hours.

Good luck, Venezuela. We’ve just felt a little of your pain.

Al Maurer

Al Maurer is a political scientist and founder of The Voice of Liberty. He writes on topics of limited government and individual rights.