There is nothing wrong with the equipment or building at the “B.F. England” electric power plant at Beesely’s Point in Marmora, NJ (by Garden State Parkway Milepost 28). They are vitally needed to provide reliable, cheap electricity to South Jersey. However, they will be completely destroyed this Friday, April 21. That is because Democrats throughout New Jersey, including Governor Murphy, ran a systematic campaign of lies and threats to destroy them during the past ten years. During that time, not a single Republican federal or state-wide leader or official did anything to oppose them.
This is happening all over America–not just here in New Jersey. President Biden and Democrats in Congress are forcing power plants just like ours to be destroyed all over America. They are doing it through a massive $500 billion borrowing and spending law they approved last year. It was originally called the “Green New Deal”. However, they dishonestly re-named it the “Anti-Inflation Act” even though the massive borrowing creates inflation.
When the Beesely’s Point power plant is gone, we will pay much higher prices for electricity. We will also have far more power failures. That is because our most productive power plants are being deliberately destroyed at a time when the government is also forcing us to buy electric cars, trucks and buses that demand more electricity than ever.
They claim that covering productive farmland with thousands of new solar panels and building hundreds of wind turbines in the ocean for $10 million each will give us the power we need. However, every scientific study, and the experience of solar panels and wind turbines in Europe, prove otherwise.
Energy from either sun or wind is too weak, intermittent, unreliable, and expensive to power a modern society. Humans did not enjoy the abundant food, comfort, security and medical care we have today until we found stronger, consistent, and reliable sources of energy.
If we no longer want to produce electricity with coal or oil, abundant natural gas from Pennsylvania, nuclear reactors like the one we have in Salem can give us all the abundant, cheap, consistent, and reliable electricity we need. Right now France is making a fortune selling electricity to the rest of Europe because they use nuclear reactors to make most of their electricity.
Governor Murphy and his Democratic Party majorities in the Legislature know this. That is why they ordered every electric company in New Jersey to install expensive “smart meters” in every home and business.
These “smart meters” will let electric companies quickly and easily cut off or ration electricity to any selected home or business whenever there is a shortage of power — which will soon be normal.
Government officials also know that there will soon be massive increases in the cost of electricity to pay for this. That is why utility companies are sending notices in their monthly bills inviting customers–in many languages– to sign up for various government welfare programs to pay their utility bills.
At some point, voters will wake up and demand cheap reliable electricity again. When that happens, we will rebuild and replace the power plants we are destroying now. However, it will take years and cost hundred of millions of dollars to do so.
Why is this happening? Ten years ago, South Jersey Gas came up with a very sensible proposal. Natural gas from Pennsylvania was clean. And because of fracking, it was so cheap and abundant that producers were practically giving it away. South Jersey Gas Company proposed building an 18 mile pipeline under Route 49 from Millville, New Jersey to the Marmora Power Plant.
However “woke” Democrats launched a relentless five year campaign of lies to stop the project. They falsely claimed that the pipeline would poison water and cause forest fires in the Pinelands.
Every Stockton University science professor and high school science teacher knew these were lies. However, not one of them spoke up to tell the truth.
It is too late to save the power plant at Beesley’s Point.
However, it is not too late to save other power plants. And to install a new compact reactor within the footprint of the existing nuclear power plant in Salem.
It is also not too late to stop the building of hundreds of Orsted ocean wind turbines off the beaches of Long Beach Island, Brigantine, and Ocean City. And it is not too late to demand that money saved by not building those projects be invested in rebuilding the power plant at Beesley’s Point.
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