The Republic of Texas is hobbling through a record-breaking cold spell coupled with snow and ice that has left nearly 4.5 million “customers” throughout the state – a single customer is an entire household of people – without power as of mid-day Tuesday.
Electric utilities warned that millions of Texans would have to endure rolling blackouts as a result of the once-in-a-lifetime weather event. However, many of them have already been without power for a full 24-48 hours, with no end in sight.
As of this writing, nearly 3.2 million Texas customers have no power, though this figure is likely to spike back up once the second “wave” of snow, sleet and ice passes through Texas and up towards the Northeast into the evening and through Wednesday.
Almost nobody is blaming Texas politicians for the fiasco, even as many of them appear responsible for ushering in “green” energy technologies while squelching traditional coal and fossil fuel energies.
Back in October, Vistra, Texas’ top power company, bragged about retiring its coal plants and converting to solar and wind.
Vistra’s predecessor company, TXU Corp., had tried to build 11 new coal-fired power plants for Texas back in 2006. However, the plans were scrapped following “outrage” over the pollution involved, after which private equity investors purchased TXU and changed course.
Now, Texas is the national leader in wind generation, even though the windmills it installed are apparently unable to function in cold weather. The same goes for the state’s expanding solar farms, which are apparently covered in ice and snow and are no longer working.
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While China Joe did sign an executive order back in January handing over control of America’s energy grid to communist China, Texas is the only state in the lower 48 that has its own independent energy grid.
This means that Texas has nobody to blame but itself for these massive outages, which have left millions of Texans in the freezing cold, even inside their own homes.
The Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM) is blaming the state’s relationship with the federal government for the crisis, claiming that Texas utilities were barred from maxing out power generation due to impediments from the feds.
“Texans were powerless because our elected officials ceded authority to a slow-moving, uncaring gaggle of federal bureaucrats,” the group claims, noting that cranking up the power plants in anticipation of these unusual weather systems “might violate federal pollution limits.”
In a statement, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott indicated that an investigation has been ordered into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages the Texas utility grid and “has been anything but reliable over the past 48 hours.”
“Far too many Texans are without power and heat for their homes as our state faces freezing temperatures and severe winter weather,” Abbott said. “This is unacceptable.”
“I have issued an executive order adding an emergency legislative item to review the preparations and decisions by ERCOT so we can determine what caused this problem and find long-term solutions.”
It is important to note that many other states and countries that get much colder than Texas have wind turbines that work year-round. Heck, even Antarctica has them, and as far as we know they have never frozen over and become inoperable. So what gives, Texas?
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