Donald Trump’s Energy Department Issues Emergency Order to Help California’s Failing Energy Grid

While media reports are claiming President Donald Trump is conducting some kind of power grab, California officials requested the assistance:

DOE spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes issued the following statement:

Tonight, pursuant to his authorities under the Federal Power Act, and in response to an urgent request from the State of California, Secretary [Dan] Brouillette issued a Section 202 (c) emergency order to preserve the reliability of the bulk electric power system during this period of heat and stress on the grid. The secretary concurs with the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO) that a grid reliability emergency exists with [sic] demands immediate federal intervention. While the secretary has offered this emergency assistance to California in this time of crisis, he also encourages state policymakers to evaluate why the gird is not able to handle extreme stress, which can be alleviated with the support of greater caseload power generation and natural gas supply.

The statement includes criticism of California lawmakers and policymakers for policies and rules in place to address so-called manmade climate change, which has put the burden on Americans to live safely and comfortably:

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