Joe Biden has officially declared that the US is now under an energy emergency and is blaming Russia and the Russia-Ukraine conflict for this crisis.
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US President Joe Biden has blamed Russia for a potential crisis in the United States, claiming that his country may not be able to generate enough electricity to fulfil consumer demand, owing in part to the Ukraine conflict.
On Monday, Biden declared an energy emergency, claiming that potential power shortages imperil national security and quality of life. He used the Defense Production Act, which was enacted in response to the Korean War as part of an industrial mobilisation push, to expand domestic production of solar panels and other “clean” energy to boost power supplies.
“Multiple factors are threatening the ability of the United States to provide sufficient electricity generation to serve expected customer demand,” Biden said in his emergency declaration. “These factors include disruptions of energy markets caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change.”
Power outages have been blamed on increased reliance on renewable energy in states like California and Texas. Due to the intermittent nature of solar and wind power, periods of high demand are not always matched by output. Last year, during a severe winter freeze in Texas, wind turbines froze up, contributing to blackouts that resulted in 246 deaths and at least $195 billion in damage.
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Biden’s proclamation of national emergency includes a two-year tax-free period for solar panels from four Southeast Asian countries. The tariffs were blamed for delaying major solar projects in the United States. Solar modules from Southeast Asia account for almost three-quarters of all solar panels installed in the United States.
The president has blamed Russia for record US gas prices and a 40-year high in inflation. He’s also blamed the Russia-Ukraine conflict for an impending global food crisis.