It’s interesting that the same voices which once keened in feigned outrage about the supposed chokehold applied by “Big Oil” to the prostrate American consumer are silent about its replacement:
Their silence about this being proof that their outrage was feigned.
It is difficult to conceive of anything more centralized and consolidated – more “big“– than the grid. Of which there are just a few regional ones – including Eastern, Western and Texas – controlled by a handful of state-permitted utilities that will have – that already have – the ability to meter the power we’re permitted to have and the power to charge us what they determine to be a “fair” price for it.
Adjustable at their whim – both in terms of price and availability.
That which can be turned on can be turned off.
Or turned down.
When demand becomes too high, the utilities can (and do) decrease supply. Or raise the cost, which achieves the same.
There is no – as in zero – free market for electricity.
It is a wholly state-corporate “partnership,” the actual thing the keeners accused “Big Oil” of being, which it never was.
With electricity, you get what’s provided, according to the terms and conditions of the single-source provider (the utility which “serves” your area) and you pay whatever it says you will pay. If you don’t pay what they say you’ll pay, there is no option to pay less.
You can stop patronizing the extortionate Exxon station down the road – in favor of the more reasonable Speedway a couple of blocks farther down the same road.
There is competition.
There are alternatives.
You cannot seek better/cheaper electricity service.
You are plugged in – like Neo, within his Matrix.
Big Electricity is much more amenable to centralization than Big Oil, for several physical reasons – chief among them being that the mechanism of distribution is necessarily centralized.
Electricity is generated at a utility plant, then transmitted via a network of cables and substations and so on to each individual user (residential and commercial). All connected to the same source of generating capacity, over which you have no control – and no thus, no alternative.
Which keeps their hooks, in you.
Gasoline and diesel are refined at centralized facilities, too. But their distribution is decentralized. Tanker trucks bring the energy to wherever there is demand – at a price the market will bear.
You do not have to buy “gas” from one provider, as you do electricity. There is choice and so, competition – which imposes at least some restraint upon what each distributor/retailer can charge as well as an impetus to provide the energy for less rather than more than the
. . . competition.
Gas is also physical – and fungible – in a way that electricity isn’t. Once you buy a tank of gas, it is yours in the same way that the car, itself, is yours. Electricity is more intangible. It can be stored, like gas – but in a less fungible way. You cannot easily “pour” the kilowatt-hour equivalent of five gallons of gas from a “jug” in your shed to your discharged electric car – which cannot be recharged, right now because the utility decided to meter the power to lesser on account of “peak demand.”
Or perhaps to nil – for not being sufficiently socially obedient.
No Vax? No charge!
Keep in mind who runs Electric Bartertown – where there is just one “Masterblaster.”
Oh, but solar!
I will be able to charge my electric car that way – and be free of the control grid!
This is a fatuity – based on incomprehension of the electrical needs of electric cars, which require voltages (think of this in terms of pressure) comparable to the water pressure needed to keep the water flowing in a whole neighborhood of homes – which requires large diameter piping from the water source to handle the necessary volume of water. A solar array capable of generating the kind of voltage necessary to keep an EV charged up – let alone “fast” charged up – would require an “investment” in “infrastructure” comparable to the cost of the EV, itself.
And even then, it’s only physically feasible if you have the necessary square footage to spread out your array, to catch the necessary rays. Apartment-dwellers will not have this option, even assuming they had the dollars. Most single family subdivision homes haven’t got the necessary real estate to catch sufficient rays, either.
Who will both control you.
Isn’t it interesting that the same keeners who wailed about the control supposedly wielded by ExxonMobil, et al seem to be unconcerned about the total control soon to be actually wielded by Joe Biden, et al?
Which there won’t be any alternative to – as in places like Russia and China where energy distribution is a state-run enterprise and you get exactly what you’re told you’ll pay for.
If you even get that.
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