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Blaming the Wind for the Mess in Texas Is Painfully Absurd

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Floridatexan

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By Bill McKibben

February 18, 2021

Blaming the Wind for the Mess in Texas Is Painfully Absurd McKibben-TexasOutageWindTurbines-2
Electric service trucks line up after a snow storm
Failures in renewable-energy generation accounted for only a small percentage of the state’s recent power outages.Photograph by Ron Jenkins / Getty


Sometimes, all you need is a map. In the wake of this week’s power failures in Texas, which have left millions without heat in subfreezing conditions, right-wing politicians and news networks decided that the emergency was down to “frozen wind turbines,” a phrase that has now been repeated ad infinitum on all the various ganglia that make up the conservative “information” network. The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, which has managed to be wrong about energy and climate for more than four decades, put it like this: “Gas and power prices have spiked across the central U.S. while Texas regulators ordered rolling blackouts Monday as an Arctic blast has frozen wind turbines.”

Governor Greg Abbott took time out from failing to deal with the emergency that had imperilled many in his state to tell Fox News that “this shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America.” Not to be outdone, on Tuesday afternoon, Representative Dan Crenshaw, a Republican who represents Texas’s second congressional district, including parts of Houston, tweeted that “this is what happens when you force the grid to rely in part on wind as a power source.” The Agriculture Commissioner, Sid Miller, who is “known for his right-wing Facebook posts that have, in the past, spread misinformation and amplified conspiracy theories,” the Texas Tribune reported, “also posted an unvarnished view of wind energy on Facebook: ‘We should never build another wind turbine in Texas.’ ”

The usual responsible voices eventually responded with a large amount of data showing that Abbott, Fox, and the rest were completely wrong. Failures in renewable-energy generation accounted for a small percentage of the outages. The biggest problems were in “thermal”—which is to say fossil-fuel—generating plants and systems; simply put, natural-gas pipelines froze in the cold, as even Governor Abbott admitted. His own energy regulators at the ill-named Electric Reliability Council of Texas explained that “it appears that a lot of the generation that has gone offline today has been primarily due to issues on the natural-gas system.” Or, as Michael Webber, an energy-resources professor at the University of Texas at Austin, put it, “gas is failing in the most spectacular fashion right now.” (A nuclear power plant also went down, likely as a result of freezing temperatures shutting down cooling systems or sensors.)

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I’m glad that there were plenty of authorities to try to set the record straight, but, of course, the truth was still searching for the winter boots in the back of the garage by the time the falsehoods had spread across the Internet. It’s particularly annoying because the bad-faith nature of the whole idea should have been obvious to anyone with an iota of geographical knowledge. Besides Texas, the biggest producers of wind power in the country are Iowa, Oklahoma, Colorado, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, Kansas, North Dakota, and California. Except for California, all these places are situated to the north of Texas, and deal with much harsher winters. The idea that wind turbines cannot deal with cold weather is, prima facie, ridiculous: countries with huge wind-power installations include Germany, France, and Italy, all of which have managed in the past to host the Winter Olympics—and Italy is planning to host them again, in 2026. People have developed plans for building giant wind farms in Greenland to feed the European Union and the United States. If cold weather somehow made it impossible for wind turbines to operate, you would think someone would have noticed by now.

Cold weather can, however, make it hard to operate wind turbines if you don’t plan for it—installations of “cold-weather kits” prevent icing and freezing—and it appears that the Texas authorities didn’t plan for much. State officials, it turns out, had been gleefully tweeting at California authorities for months, making fun of them for not planning well enough to prevent brownouts when heat waves struck the West Coast. But tweeting—and a deep and abiding faith in markets to solve all problems—seems not to have been a good strategy when faced with a severe cold snap.

A cold snap that, by the way, seems likely to be linked to the jet-stream collapse that comes when you warm the Arctic, as we have been doing by burning large quantities of fossil fuel. If you wanted to do something about that, you’d need more wind turbines. Funny about that.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/blaming-the-wind-for-the-mess-in-texas-is-ridiculous#intcid=_mab-simulations-oo-bottom-recirc-2_d2d6e124-d6bd-4b39-bb8e-4db5de8f3a6d_entity-topic-similarity-v2

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PkrBum

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An opinion piece from the New Yorker concerning a Texas issue... lol.

Telstar

Telstar
PkrBum wrote:An opinion piece from the New Yorker concerning a Texas issue...  lol.




An opinion on a Florida forum, concerning a Texas issue coming from a Michigan drug abuser...LOL.

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Top Texas Republicans on the ropes after tone-deaf storm response

The swaggering, Texas brand of free-market governance that’s central to the state’s political identity is taking a beating.

By MARC CAPUTO

02/19/2021 04:30 AM EST

"The brutal winter storm that turned Texas roads to ice, burst pipes across the state and left millions of residents shivering and without power has also damaged the reputations of three of the state’s leading Republicans.

Sen. Ted Cruz was discovered to have slipped off to Mexico on Wednesday night, only to announce his return when he was caught in the act. Gov. Greg Abbott came under fire over his leadership and misleading claims about the causes of the power outages. And former Gov. Rick Perry suggested Texans preferred power failures to federal regulation, a callous note in a moment of widespread suffering..."

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/19/texas-storm-response-cruz-abbott-perry-470109?utm_term=OZY&utm_campaign=pdb&utm_content=Saturday_02.20.21&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email

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Read the whole article, with video of mealy-mouth Cruz trying to explain away his trip to Cancun. The reason this is being picked up by national media is that the Texas GOP "leadership" has embarrassed themselves, not only in the US, but around the world. Texas is my home state, and I have family and friends all over, including frequent contact on Facebook with people I've known since grade school, high school and college. Many people across the state will lose everything because, not only is the power grid an embarrassment, the building codes suck.

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Pffft... Texas is a very appealing state because of its infrastructure, limited govt, and fiscal good sense.

Millions have moved there in just the last decade to escape other states govt overreach and mismanagement.

They sure as hell don't need more leftist policies those people fled.

Telstar

Telstar
PkrBum wrote:Pffft... Texas is a very appealing state because of its infrastructure, limited govt, and fiscal good sense.

Millions have moved there in just the last decade to escape other states govt overreach and mismanagement.

They sure as hell don't need more leftist policies those people fled.



So why are you still smelling up Michigan? Is it because that state respects closet queen, drug abusing, tennis ball boys like you? Do your friends and family a big favor by downing a gallon of Flint Michigan water. You may even end up in a place where souls think just like you do, with any luck. Twisted Evil

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We're at the point where conservative politicians have their base so brainwashed and trained like dancing spaniels that there is literally NO amount of abuse they can give 'em to make them stand up for themselves.

Guys like Cruz don't feel any obligation to even put on a good show of "serving the people" who voted for him, because he knows they've been taught to hate and fear Democrats so much that they'll keep voting for him anyway, no matter how much he pisses in their face.  They have no pride anymore, they'll do what they're told, so why waste the effort in putting on a good show for 'em?  They have no respect at all for their voters, so why NOT fly off to Cancun and avoid all the misery?

Republican voters have become so stupid and reactionary that they honestly don't deserve any better than they're getting.  They asked for this shit.  Unfortunately, there are good people in Texas who are having to suffer along with them all because they were outnumbered.

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zsomething wrote:We're at the point where conservative politicians have their base so brainwashed and trained like dancing spaniels that there is literally NO amount of abuse they can give 'em to make them stand up for themselves.

Guys like Cruz don't feel any obligation to even put on a good show of "serving the people" who voted for him, because he knows they've been taught to hate and fear Democrats so much that they'll keep voting for him anyway, no matter how much he pisses in their face.  They have no pride anymore, they'll do what they're told, so why waste the effort in putting on a good show for 'em?  They have no respect at all for their voters, so why NOT fly off to Cancun and avoid all the misery?

Republican voters have become so stupid and reactionary that they honestly don't deserve any better than they're getting.  They asked for this shit.  Unfortunately, there are good people in Texas who are having to suffer along with them all because they were outnumbered.

I joined a FB group called Joe Biden for Texas.  It's still going strong and it makes me hope for a better future there for my family and friends.  I don't know what to say about my brother...I think he's beyond hope.

Speaking of Cancun Cruz:

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Texas Gets Lay’d: How the Bush Family turned off the lights

by Greg Palast February 20, 2021

Maybe because Texas gave us that wet-lipped huckster Ted Cruz, you think the state deserves to freeze in the dark.

"I get that, but it’s not their fault, at least not the victims burning family heirlooms to stave off frostbite.

“What happened was entirely predictable,” power distribution expert attorney Beth Emory said of the blackouts. She told me this twenty years ago, after the first blackouts in Texas and California, following the cruel experiment called “deregulation” of the power industry.

Until 1992, the USA had just about the lowest electricity prices in the world and the most reliable system.

For a century, power companies had been limited by law to recovering their provable costs plus a “reasonable,” i.e. small, profit. But in 1992, George H. W. Bush, in the last gasps of his failed presidency, began to deregulate the industry.

“Deregulate” is a misnomer. “De-criminalize” describes it best. With the “free market” supposedly setting the price of power, Texas-based Enron was freed to use such techniques as “Ricochet,” “Get Shorty,” and “Death Star” to blow prices through the roof when weather shut down power plants. (This week was not the first game of Texas Gouge’m.)

Enron was not the only Lone Star power pirate. Houston Power & Light was “ramping” plants up and down at odd hours which whistleblowers said was deliberate.

Bush’s son “Shrub,” Texas Gov. George W. Bush, signed a law in 1999 forcing the state’s hapless customers to accept any price the “free” market dictated. Enron’s CEO Ken Lay showed his appreciation by becoming Baby Bush’s number one donor for Dubya’s presidential ambitions.

This week, wholesale electric prices in Texas, normally $50 per megawatt-hour, busted over $9,000/MWHR. Again. It happens with every cold snap and heat wave. One shop owner, Akilah Scott-Amos, showed the Daily Beast her electric bills which blew up from $34 per month to $450 for a single day. (Update: Akilah just reached out to us via Twitter and told us the balance she owes has now risen to a staggering $11,048.75 due to surge pricing!)..."

https://www.gregpalast.com/texas-gets-layd-how-the-bush-family-turned-off-the-lights/

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Palast is a fraud and propagandist... completely unconcerned with facts while pursuing an agenda.

https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2007/5/26/339382/-

Telstar

Telstar
PkrBum wrote:Palast is a fraud and propagandist... completely unconcerned with facts while pursuing an agenda.

https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2007/5/26/339382/-



Glad to see you are reading Daily Kos instead of your usual source of propaganda, Stormfront and The Michigan Klansman. Twisted Evil

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