Your Opinion: Consider the prospects of an energy shutdown

Dear Editor:

With the Carnival cruise ship Triumph in the news, as a result of a fire in their engine room causing a loss of power that left the ship stranded for several days, has anybody considered what a loss of power to our homes in Jefferson City would like? Would the citizens of Jefferson City act any differently than the citizens on board the Triumph?

Back in 2007, my wife and I experienced a similar power loss to our home for three days. While the power loss wasn’t all inclusive, it was an inconvenience to our neighborhood. We had hot water as our water heater was powered by natural gas. We had a wood burning fireplace which we were able to heat a portion of our home. We would take a hot shower, dry off rather quickly as it was cold in the house. At night we put additional blankets on our bed, like they did in the olden days, and had a reasonable night’s sleep. Each morning we would take a small TV and breakfast stuff to our church for a warm meal and catch up on the news on our nine-inch TV. We were lucky in that while we lost power at our home, power was available to other places of business, and some of our friends had power and invited us to their homes for meals or even to stay the night.

That isn’t what was experienced on board the Triumph, however. What would it be like if all power was lost to the entire city such that the water plant couldn’t pump water to our homes, which means not only would you not be able to take a bath or shower but the toilets would not flush either, as the water could not get to your house? What if the power loss was statewide rather than just Jefferson City? Now you couldn’t go to mom’s house for a hot meal of a hot shower.

If the environmental crowd gets their way, this is a likely outcome when coal or nuclear electrical generation plants are shutdown, because they are not “environmentally friendly” options for generating electricity, according to these highly enlightened individuals.

With our electric utilities doing everything they can to continue to generate the safe and reliable electricity we need, the likelihood of this happening is remote, but still a possibility.

Think about it.

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