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New England is Paying the Price for Obama-era Coal Cuts

New England saw record cold and snow greet them for the first part of 2018, and a certain former president may be responsible for making them less capable of dealing with it.

Though the area is used to seeing frigid temperatures, it has long relied on coal to keep its residents warm when its natural gas pipelines reach the capacity of their abilities. The cold that has gripped most of the nation is simply a continuation of the weather that New England has battled since early December 2017.

Grid Operator ISO New England reported in early November 2017 that they even though they had enough capacity to sustain the area through the typical winter weather, they might face difficulties if the region saw an extended period of extremely cold temperatures. This is because of years of federal and state efforts to close coal-fueled power plants, a move pushed by the Obama administration in its efforts to address global warming.

The numbers are startling. As recently as 2000, New England used coal for about 18 percent of its electricity needs. As of early 2018, the region relies on coal to fuel only about three percent of the electricity its residents demand. Due to the cold snap, though, that figure has recently risen to about six percent recently.

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