Power Outages: Cheney Says Fossil Fuels Only Reliable And Affordable Source of Electricity

U.S. Rep Liz Cheney said the massive power outages in the U.S. show that fossil fuels are the only reliable and affordable source of electricity.

Jimmy Orr

February 16, 20212 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

With nearly 70% of the nation experiencing snow and Arctic temperatures and large sections of the country going through power outages, you would think there would be no better time for advocates of the fossil fuel industry to speak up.

And they are.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Tuesday posted an opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal which said “power shortages show the folly of eliminating natural gas — and coal.”

“Once again, the left’s agenda runs into reality,” Cheney said. “We need fossil fuels. They are crucial for our economy, and the only reliable and affordable source of electricity.”

Paul Ulrich, Vice President for Jonah Energy, applauded Cheney’s statement.

“The events of the past few days demonstrate the leading role natural gas should play in meeting energy demand,” Ulrich said. “Natural gas is reliable and low cost and we also produce some of the cleanest supply of natural gas in the nation.”   

“Major emission reduction efforts to address climate goals and responsible energy development are compatible. We have proven it at Jonah Energy and in Wyoming,” he said.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took a shot at the Biden Administration stating that an “American-first energy policy is critically important.”

“The Biden administration has taken unprecedented action in recent weeks to restrict the distribution of fuel sources that heat homes in South Dakota and many other states,” Noem said. “I am calling on President Biden to immediately change course in the interest of all the families struggling to heat their homes across our country.”

One viral photo that was making the Twitter rounds on Tuesday showed a frozen turbine getting “saved” by helicopter, which is, of course, powered by fossil fuels.

“A helicopter running on fossil fuel spraying a chemical made from fossil fuels onto a wind turbine made with fossils fuels during an ice storm is awesome,” Luke Legate tweeted.

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Jimmy Orr

Executive Editor

A third-generation Wyomingite, Jimmy Orr is the executive editor and co-founder of Cowboy State Daily.