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Record Cold In New England, As Natural Gas Comes To The Rescue Again

February 5, 2023

By Paul Homewood


It was a bit chilly in New England yesterday!




Fortunately for New Englanders, there was plenty of natural gas to keep them warm and the power grid running:





The fossil fuels that Joe Biden has promised to eliminate from the grid by 2035 supplied 65% of New England’s electricity at 8.00pm on Friday night. The wind and solar that he thinks the US can run on only manged a paltry 4%.

I’ve said and before, and I’ll say it again. If Biden gets his way, how many millions of Americans are going to die as a result?

  1. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    February 5, 2023 11:22 am

    ‘If Biden gets his way, how many millions of Americans are going to die as a result?’
    My guess Biden would aim at between two thirds and three quarters.
    These world leaders do not like people.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      February 5, 2023 12:47 pm

      There has to be a law – seriously – that no government/President can pass a law, the effects of which, will not be felt in their lifetime (political or natural, take your pick).
      Let’s face it, Deben and his chums in parliament are likely not to live to see the total blox they are planning to make of things.

      • February 6, 2023 8:35 am


        on a similar vein, I wrote to my M.P. very many months ago asking what procedures are in place to select government advisors. My point being if the government needs advice on specific matters, how do they judge the quality of the advisor?

        I’m still waiting for an answer from the relative department despite a prompt from my M.P..

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        February 6, 2023 9:38 am

        Why? The next President or Congress can simply repeal whatever it is.

    • johnbillscott permalink
      February 5, 2023 1:25 pm

      The senile Biden does not make decisions,he simply mouths the decisions made by the NDC lefties. There is no democracy in the Democratic Party.

      • February 6, 2023 11:09 am

        Nor in the US with the current level of election fraud the Democrats are carrying out that the dimwitted RINOs ignore.

  2. William George permalink
    February 5, 2023 11:45 am

    I believe you are spot on there. One senses such vibes from the WEF and take the green blob to their ultimate destination it’s going to be as you say. Perhaps the only hope are the 6.5 billion who do not have the same accesses as the more fortunate 1.5 billion. That they will rise up.

    • bobn permalink
      February 5, 2023 4:53 pm

      This woke climate claptrap is a western world virus. Africa and Asia are resisting infection and will carry on with fossil fuels. Its the weak western peoples that will need to revolt and depose their new aristocrats.

  3. February 5, 2023 11:52 am

    I’m from the Boston, MA area and can report it was very cold. My gas furnace coped quite well keeping the house warm. The green fanatics are in the ascendant in this state. They’d like to eliminate gas stoves next.

    • Hivemind permalink
      February 5, 2023 9:52 pm

      The reverse cycle heating that the greenies love doesn’t work properly at such low temperatures. They stop about 4 degrees Centigrade above zero and rely on resistive heating after that. And yet, whenever these toxic greens are confronted with fact like this, all they do is say that you’re not doing it enough yet.

  4. February 5, 2023 12:09 pm

    Several years ago, the state of New York refused to allow gas pipelines to cross their state. West Virginia and Pennsylvania are awash in natural gas, not to mention coal. Looks as though New England got some gas somehow…..

    During Christmas, we had temperatures hovering around 2-3 F., but stayed warm with the gas furnace and a little gas stove in the breakfast room. The last couple of days had single digit temperatures with a strong and steady wind. The furnace and the little stove kept me warm.

    Those in New England need to stop voting in the woke community,,,,if, indeed that did…….

    • February 6, 2023 4:17 pm

      “Don’t vote for special interest zealots” is the non-partisan advice I give to anyone who will listen.

  5. Bob Schweizer permalink
    February 5, 2023 1:19 pm

    Let China (and India) run away with all the financial prizes, while the ‘free West’ freezes our you-know-what off. We are in the grip of mass insanity!

  6. Broadlands permalink
    February 5, 2023 1:42 pm

    If Biden gets his way, how many millions of Americans are going to die as a result?

    It’s worse than the electric grid because if Biden follows the Paris plan to reach zero emissions by 2050 there won’t be enough fuels for transportation. That should get rid of more than a few climate alarmists who have been protesting and demanding that.

  7. mjr permalink
    February 5, 2023 1:52 pm

    Paul – off topic … but did you know it is Sky “green football weekend”
    “The Green Football Weekend: How Sky Sports is helping to unleash the power of football to tackle climate change
    The Green Football Weekend, which runs from February 3-5, is a campaign which sees more than 80 football clubs coming together in the fight against climate change;”
    Total woke climate scam virtue signalling nonsense

    • catweazle666 permalink
      February 5, 2023 4:51 pm


    • Thomas Carr permalink
      February 5, 2023 5:40 pm

      I very much enjoy reports of organised daftness to give light relief from the relentless stupidity. Regarding your last sentence Paul , as above, it’s the power interruptions which will destroy jobs first. Probably additional deaths will be the consequence of the depression and mental illness that follows..

    • charles allan permalink
      February 5, 2023 8:26 pm

      They dont run around the pitch but just pass the ball to each other and less CO2
      is therefore breathed out – also the dressing rooms are freezing .

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        February 5, 2023 9:20 pm

        Fans must live within 15 minutes of the ground. No subscription TV – must be switched off under DFS. No away teams either. So it’s just the club A team vs the B team. Now here’s the difficult part: no player imports. They must all have lived their lives within 15 minutes of the ground too.

      • Graeme No.3 permalink
        February 5, 2023 11:20 pm

        Pass the ball? What do you think it is made from? Obviously not animal or petroleum/gas products. Do bundles of straw last? What about a politician instead? There are some who deserve a good kicking.

      • catweazle666 permalink
        February 6, 2023 12:03 am

        If we’re talking about playing games using politicians, I recommend the old Afghan sport of Buzkashi.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      February 6, 2023 9:39 am

      Well now all that kneeling has done away with racism…

    • February 6, 2023 11:14 am

      It wasn’t just Sky. As expected there was some bollocks about it on the BBC and did anyone catch the Man U – Reading cup game where we were told that the colour bands on the Reading shirt sleeves were temperature anomalies to show how much we are warming. I just thought it was more of the gender pervert crap but then we all know about Reading University… Watching the Milan derby last night on BTSport a thing came up on screen about voting for your green club or something.

      • catweazle666 permalink
        February 6, 2023 3:41 pm

        So one imagines that all these clubs will eschew international competition and they and their fans won’t be flying all over the World to take part in and spectate at overseas matches, right?

      • February 7, 2023 10:13 am

        Come now Mr Catweazle, surely you know virtue signalling when you see it.

      • Russ Wood permalink
        February 7, 2023 1:56 pm

        Well, on football club virtue signalling, South Africa has just learned that its Tourism minister has plans to spend a few hundred thousand dollars on paying an English 1st division football club to wear an SA slogan. THIS from a country that’s suffering continual “load shedding” (i.e. blackouts) because it can’t keep its electricity generators running! (Oh, and we’re also completely broke – but never mind – the ANC will just borrow the money (with a suitable gratuity)).

  8. Willem post permalink
    February 5, 2023 1:59 pm

    Fuel oil increased significantly during colder temperatures, when nat gas is diverted for building heating. This happens every year. Till now, New England has adequate fuel oil and gas storage capacity near power plants to ensure continuous electricity service, 24/7/365

    • Mikehig permalink
      February 6, 2023 12:07 pm

      Yes, that shows up clearly in the second of Paul’s graphs – it contributes about the same as gas. Must be pretty costly to keep those plants ready to go for such sporadic use.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        February 6, 2023 11:05 pm

        Much of it is gas plant that can be dual fuelled. That frees up gas for domestic use. In the summer gas gets used for generation. The reality is that New England actually uses a lot of Heating Oil, which is basically diesel rather than the kerosene used in most UK domestic oil heating installations. Larger oil fired heating for factories, hospitals etc. was heating oil, known in the UK as Gas Oil. Not many such boilers left now.

        In the winter of 2020–2021, about 5.3 million households in the United States used heating oil (distillate fuel oil) as their main space heating fuel, and about 82% of those households were in the U.S. Northeast Census Region.

        In 2020, residential consumers in the Northeast used about 2.6 billion gallons of heating oil, equal to about 85% of total U.S. residential heating oil sales.

  9. February 5, 2023 2:22 pm

    How many people must die? This matters not to Joe, so long as he gets his 10% while following orders from his handlers in Beijing.

  10. John W permalink
    February 5, 2023 5:31 pm

    No units given here, but I am assuming as it is the good ol’ US of A they are Deg F – which makes it ‘kin cold !

    • T Walker permalink
      February 5, 2023 10:48 pm

      Correct John. Degrees F

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      February 6, 2023 12:14 am

      Boston minus 9℉ (minus 23℃) Providence RI minus 8℉ (minus 22℃) Binghampton NY minus 11℉ (minus 24℃)
      Must be due to Global warming (sarc!)

  11. catweazle666 permalink
    February 5, 2023 6:25 pm

    The predicted negative (cooling) phase of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation is starting to take effect.

    If the effects of Solar Cycle 25 are as predicted by some, we are in serious trouble, which will be massively exacerbated by the Green lunacy.

    It will be interesting to see the reaction of the Watermelons.

  12. It doesn't add up... permalink
    February 5, 2023 7:11 pm

    National Grid’s Net Zero Enablement Plan achieves the Massachussets Commonwealth’s 2030 and 2050 climate goals, through a decarbonized and integrated gas and electric system that:

    • Eliminates fossil fuels from our gas supply by pursuing delivery of fossil-free gas such as renewable natural gas (“RNG”) and renewable hydrogen through our network to all our customers. Over time, we will transition to 100% fossil-free gas (“renewable gas”), achieving a zero-fossil gas system by 2050 at the latest.

    • Provides more resilient energy supply for Massachusetts with continued use of the gas pipeline network, a system which would require at least a doubling of today’s electric capacity to fully electrify the heating service it currently provides, is underground and storm resistant, has built-in storage, and will be 100% renewable gas by 2050.

    Or we’ll still have the pipes if you need them for methane once you work out you can’t afford hydrogen.

    • dave permalink
      February 5, 2023 9:17 pm

      The Iron Law is that the Revolution always eats its children and then its grand-children and then its great-grand-children. Those at present in the ascendancy, who expect to steal the whole Earth, will be lucky if they get a patch of ground for their miserable bones to moulder in.

    • Gamecock permalink
      February 5, 2023 11:32 pm

      Hard to run an economy on “such as.”

      • dave permalink
        February 6, 2023 10:10 am

        “Renewable natural gas…”

        This is pompous nonsense. It means methane recovered from sites such as municipal garbage dumps, where plant remains are rotting, and upgraded at considerable expense. A trivial resource.

      • February 6, 2023 11:16 am

        Or ‘pursuing’ as opposed to delivering.

      • Gamecock permalink
        February 6, 2023 12:07 pm

        That’s right, Dave. One of the derailers of the green energy revolution is no concept of scale.

  13. February 5, 2023 10:28 pm

    On the chart it’s oil that increases the most, not natural gas. See here: ‘’.

    • Ray Sanders permalink
      February 6, 2023 9:14 am

      Another important point that Michael Shellenberger’s chart shows is easily overlooked, New England is normally a major electricity importer e.g. today over a quarter of its supply is either from Canada or New York.
      With the large scale weather event no region had a surplus so NE imports dropped to just 4%. Interconnectors are pretty much useless when nobody has a surplus.
      As a secondary point, at least they had a large quantity (5.37GW) of oil generation as a back up….we don’t.

      • February 6, 2023 9:40 am

        Another issue…

        the Jones Act prohibits companies from shipping energy products on foreign vessels within the United States. Because the vast majority of U.S. LNG ships are made with components manufactured abroad, American natural gas producers cannot ship their contents to New England, forcing the region to rely on foreign imports to meet its natural gas needs.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        February 6, 2023 11:14 pm

        LNG imports aren’t that important even for Boston any more.

        There may be no new pipelines, but capacity on older ones has been enlarged through added pumping stations.

  14. Phoenix44 permalink
    February 6, 2023 9:42 am

    Not just records but records by a lot! 7 degrees below “normal”.

    • 1saveenergy permalink
      February 6, 2023 10:59 am

      When you say – ” 7 degrees below “normal”.”
      Do you mean …
      7 degrees below horizontal, (0.122173 Radians ),
      or temperature
      Celsius (°C)
      Delisle (°D)
      Fahrenheit (°F)
      Kelvin (K)
      Newton (°N)
      Rankine (°R or °Ra)
      Réaumur (°Ré)
      Rømer (°Rø)
      Wedgwood (°W)
      or a reduction in academic achievement ?
      give us a clue

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        February 6, 2023 11:11 am

        Being sarcastic as the media love to use “average” in a way that shows they completely misunderstand it.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        February 6, 2023 11:19 pm

        You forgot viscosity in degrees Engler.

        [C. O. V. Engler; Germany 1842–1925]viscosity Europe The ratio of the time for 200 mL of an oil to flow through a specified orifice, relative to the time for distilled water to do the same, expressed as degrees Engler; 6° Engler is roughly 1 centipoise

  15. Tim Spence permalink
    February 6, 2023 3:23 pm

    Scottish windfarms having to be warmed up 6 hours a day with diesel generators, plus hydraulics spills.

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