You see why right here on the Cove where a Trump supporter already said he read green energy and where multipl TRumpers scream “scoiaslism” all the time, the Trump GOP all use big lies to deflect from their own failings
You’re the governor of a state where millions don’t have power, where people are literally dying of exposure, and you go on Fox news to talk about… the Green New Deal? You are the governor. Your party has run Texas for 20 years. Accept responsibility & help us get out of this. https://t.co/G1Bai59nKc
Trump blamed China on CV19 and deflected from his own mismanagement by making things a bogus freedom issue
Politicians like Abbott and TRUMP run to outlets and lie like this because it works BECAUSE THREIR BASE IS CUT OFF FROM REALITY (see a post last night from a Trumper blaming green energy). Their followers blindly accept their lies – their “fake news” deflections – because it meshes with the follower’s political beliefs. This si the mental, illness issue in America.
So, here’s the reality. Plenty of blame to go around and yes some windmills froze (Sweden/Scandinavia use wind without problem) BUT … but:
REALITY #1: Texas is still heavy coal and natural gas and those systems have failed under the cold.
From the TX Tribune: “Texas largely relies on natural gas for power. It wasn’t ready for the extreme cold. Texas largely relies on natural gas — especially during times of high demand — to power the state. Experts say natural gas infrastructure, from pumping it out of the ground to the plants in city centers, was unprepared for the plunging temperatures brought by the winter storm.”
Reality #2: Texas CHOSE . . chose . . long ago . . to cut itself off from other states, as A MATTER OF STATE’s RIGHTS lol and small federal government
“The story, as you might guess, is actually slightly more complicated than that. It’s rooted in Texans’ views of their state as a quasi-independent country — and a desire to have as little federal interference in their lives as possible. Yes, there are politics at the root of this.”
“Texas’ secessionist inclinations have at least one modern outlet: the electric grid,” wrote the Texas Tribune back in 2011.
Texas, never a fan of federal intrusion, set up its own power grid system — split between northern and southern Texas — to avoid any federal involvement. That led eventually to the formation of ERCOT in 1970 and this strange fact: There are three power grids in the United States — the eastern power grid, the western power grid and, well, Texas.
Yes, you read that right. Texas has its own power grid. Because it is Texas.
And while being independent from the yoke of federal regulation has always been a point of pride for Texas, the limits of that strategy are being realized now. See, because Texas — or at least 90% of the state — is controlled by ERCOT, they can’t simply borrow power from either the eastern or western power grids. “
SO WHY IS ABBOTT ON HANNITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CRISIS BLAMING “AOC”?
“The crisis has made the state’s energy grid the focus of fresh scrutiny, primarily due to its independence from the rest of the U.S. Critics say that allowed its infrastructure to shirk federal regulations that require cold-weather capabilities.”
A fossil fuel state entirely run by Republicans who cut the state’s energy system off from everyone else is blaming liberal climate policies that haven’t even been enacted for their state’s inability to keep everyone warm during a cold front.
if the people of Texas have any pride they’ll run this coward out of town.. millions of people he represents are without power and he’s just dipping for a vacation? His people are freezing to death the US murders it’s people like no other while elites in power remain comfortable. https://t.co/S5bLD09gQa
“ The blowback only intensified after Mr. Cruz, a Republican, released a statement saying he had flown to Mexico “to be a good dad” and accompany his daughters and their friends; he noted he was flying back Thursday afternoon, though he did not disclose how long he had originally intended to stay.
Text messages sent from Ms. Cruz to friends and Houston neighbors on Wednesday revealed a hastily planned trip. Their house was “FREEZING,” as Ms. Cruz put it — and she proposed a getaway until Sunday. Ms. Cruz invited others to join them at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancún, where they had stayed “many times,” noting the room price this week ($309 per night) and its good security. The text messages were provided to The New York Times and confirmed by a second person on the thread, who declined to be identified because of the private nature of the texts.”
Cruz claimed he would’ve worked in Cancun. “Because our priority should be fixing this problem and making sure it doesn't happen again, and I didn't want all the screaming and yelling about this trip to distract even one moment from the real issues that I think Texans care about”