Amid a cold snap in Western Canada that saw temperatures in some regions drop to nearly minus 50 degrees Celsius (58 degrees Fahrenheit) over the weekend, the power grid in Alberta neared collapse due to inadequate production from renewable sources such as solar and wind.

On Saturday in the early evening, Premier of Alberta Danielle Smith pleaded with citizens to “unplug” their electric vehicles and conserve energy in other ways to avoid brownouts after the province’s Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) declared a grid alert. All the province’s natural gas generators were working overtime, with no contribution from wind or solar. “We are calling on all Albertans to reduce their electric demand immediately to essentials only,” said Smith in a statement. “Delay charging electric vehicles.”

Smith quickly thanked Moe for helping to keep the power on in her province, however many were quick to blast extreme green policies from the federal government of Trudeau, which looks to phase out coal entirely and severely limit natural gas power generation.

“Thank goodness for fossil fuels as our ‘green’ energy producing nothing. Thank you for your help, neighbour,” wrote X user Kirk Lubimov in reply to Moe’s post.

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