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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

THE ONCE-GOLDEN STATE – OVERNIGHT:   Californians, get thee to the supermarkets and buy your Duracells.  Darkness is-a-comin'.   From Reuters:   May 6 (Reuters) - California energy officials on Friday issued a sober forecast for the state's electrical grid, saying it lacks sufficient capacity to keep the lights on this summer and beyond if heatwaves, wildfires or other extreme events take their toll.  The update from leaders from three state agencies and the office of Governor Gavin Newsom comes in response to a string of challenges with the ambitious transition away from fossil fuels, including rolling blackouts during a summer heat wave in 2020.  California has among the most aggressive climate change policies in the world, including a goal of producing all of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045.  In an online briefing with reporters, the officials forecast a potential shortfall of 1,700 megawatts this year, a number that could go as high as 5,000 MW if the grid is taxed by multiple challenges that reduce available power while sending demand soaring, state officials said during an online briefing with reporters.  Supply gaps along those lines could leave between 1 million and 4 million people without power.  Why, this is silly.  It's a green energy state.  Why don't they just plug the state into the green-energy machine?  I'm sure they have a very good one.  And everybody drives green-energy cars.  Plug them in too.  I don't see what's so hard about all this.  And even if the lights go out, so what?  Dark is good.  In the light you use all that carbon stuff.  Live darkly!  Oh, I feel so good about myself.

May 6, 2022