Seattle’s Green Energy Hockey Arena, also known as Climate Pledge Arena, experienced a major embarrassment on Saturday during a game between the New York Rangers and the Seattle Kracken. Just one minute into the game, the lighting at one end of the arena significantly dimmed, causing officials to halt play. After a discussion, it was determined that the teams would switch ends of the ice every ten minutes to maintain fairness.
The cause of the blackout was later revealed to be an issue with the electrical grid inside the arena. This is an ironic mishap considering the arena prides itself on being powered entirely by renewable energy. With solar panels adorning the roof and other environmentally-friendly features such as free monorail service and waterless urinals, the arena was supposed to be a shining example of the benefits of green energy.
The Seattle Kraken forced on-ice officials to mandate the teams switch goals at the midway point of the periods because the arena could not properly illuminate one end of the ice.https://t.co/uQSY55Egsc
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However, this blackout raises questions about the reliability of such energy sources. Critics of green energy often argue that it is not as dependable as conventional energy sources, and this incident seems to support that notion. It’s ironic that a team playing in a “green” arena would experience such a literal blackout. Perhaps it’s time to reevaluate the emphasis on green energy and consider a more balanced approach.
As conservatives, we need to be aware of these failures and hold advocates of green energy accountable. While renewable energy is an important aspect of our energy future, we should not ignore the potential drawbacks and limitations. Let’s learn from this embarrassing incident and ensure that our energy solutions are both environmentally conscious and reliable.