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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

With Texans facing their second day of rotating intentional power outages, Gov. Greg Abbott declared reform of the group that manages the state's power grid to be an emergency item for the legislature to take on during its current session. An investigation is needed to prevent more such outages, Abbott said.

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Abbott better be careful as he might not like what he finds...

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OCU

#1 | Posted by OCUser at 2021-02-16 07:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'm over 40 hrs now without power. Some in Austin have seen theirs return for an hour and then go down again for several hours. It's an absolute --------.

House is mid to low 40s. But the kids and I are handling it - - gas fp, gas stove to cook and boil water, plenty of blankets, and a car for charging devices and heat when needed. Only thing I wish I had more of is food variety. (Tho I do have jambalaya cooking on the stove atm, so hard to complain much.)

It's shameful that they were so ill prepared for this. It was preventable. Abbott's empty lip service only echoes off the cold bones out here. There are many who are suffering to a great degree. I am thankful we are not. Though I can't help but be concerned for those that are.

#2 | Posted by deadseasquirrel at 2021-02-16 07:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Ted Cruz
@tedcruz

Aug 19, 2020
California is now unable to perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity.

Biden/Harris/AOC want to make CA's failed energy policy the standard nationwide.

Hope you don't like air conditioning!
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Office of the Governor of California
@CAgovernor
Aug 18, 2020
We must do our part conserve energy through 10 PM:
Turn off unnecessary lights
Avoid using major appliances
Set thermostat to 78 or higher

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Get more info on energy conservation. " twitter.com/Cal_OES/status ...

#3 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2021-02-16 08:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Hate to be running a grow op in Texas.

#4 | Posted by Scotty at 2021-02-16 08:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

All of a sudden Leftists seem concerned with Texas' well being... nice

#5 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-02-16 08:35 PM | Reply

What a pathetic third world --------.

www.rawstory.com

#6 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2021-02-16 08:46 PM | Reply

Ted Cruz
@tedcruz
Aug 19, 2020
California is now unable to perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity.
Biden/Harris/AOC want to make CA's failed energy policy the standard nationwide.
Hope you don't like air conditioning!
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#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-16 08:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

A Tweet so nice we had to share it twice!

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-16 08:49 PM | Reply

Albert Lee
@AlbertLee2020
6h
If you're celebrating the Texas power outage because it's a red state you're not just morally bankrupt, but you're out of your mind if you think poor communities and communities of color won't be the most affected.
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#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-16 09:18 PM | Reply

"All of a sudden Leftists seem concerned with Texas' well being..."

You sure?

#10 | Posted by Angrydad at 2021-02-16 09:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I hope Texans remember Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's advice:

"Some things are more important than living."

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-16 10:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Like what?

#12 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-02-16 10:31 PM | Reply

All of a sudden Leftists seem concerned with Texas' well being... nice

#5 | POSTED BY BELLRINGER

In the same way one is concerned for the passengers of a train under control of a drunk ass conductor.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2021-02-16 10:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Who is freezing to death in the dark now bitches?

This is what happens when a society rejects the teachings of Jesus for greed. Ya got smited.

#14 | Posted by bored at 2021-02-16 10:46 PM | Reply

.ps If you are cold, burn a church, they got plenty.

#15 | Posted by bored at 2021-02-16 11:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

www.cnn.com

It's also worth poinitng out that a lot of chillier places have wind turbines that don't buckle in the cold " hello, Iowa; hej hej, Denmark " they just need to be winterized, a step experts said Texas has skipped.

The Lone Star State is ... all alone. Texas made a conscious decision to isolate its energy grid from the rest of the country. That means that when things are running smoothly, it can't export excess power to neighboring states. And in the current crisis, it can't import power either.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-17 02:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Electricity prices spiked more than 10,000% when the winter storm hit this week."

Thanks, Capitalism!

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-17 02:40 AM | Reply

Joel Montfort @jmontforttx

It's looking like power plants in Texas unplugged to avoid skyrocketing natural gas spot market rates that went to hundreds of $$ to avoid losses. @ERCOT_ISO has now passed an emergency order allowing them to charge consumers those spot market prices. Capitalism at its finest.

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#18 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-02-17 07:13 AM | Reply

Eric Feigl-Ding @DrEricDing

Dirty stuff went down:

Texas power plants didn't want absorb the cost of natural gas surge. So it cut the power.

@ERCOT_ISO gets the rules changed so power company can price gouge consumers--

All while folks freeze & vaccines spoil.

#texaspoweroutage

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#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-02-17 07:16 AM | Reply

Chris Hayes calls out Fox News for lying about windmills being the source of power outages in Texas,.

"They want to take every policy issue and turn it into some painful culture war idiocy... They want to turn into a culture war, like the libs don't want you to have power."

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#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-02-17 07:45 AM | Reply

Let's not kid ourselves. This isn't a problem with preparation. This isn't a problem with planning. This was designed to work this way. It was intentional. Texas made a bet and they lost.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

#21 | Posted by YAV at 2021-02-17 07:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Everyone on Morning Joe is ripping Governor Abbott to shreds over his blatant lying about what's going on in Texas.

#22 | Posted by YAV at 2021-02-17 08:32 AM | Reply

130000 homes and biz no power in hidalgo. It was that way Monday morning.. Wed morning numbers the same.
Their status is in "assessing condition" which means doing nothing.
The turbines failed. Everything froze..
They gonna wait for things to Thaw out I guess.

#23 | Posted by penguinhead at 2021-02-17 08:43 AM | Reply

Did you all see this rant from:

The mayor of Colorado City, Texas.

Good God.

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How the hell do these people get elected? I'd like to know.

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-02-17 09:04 AM | Reply

Re 22

They should be shredded. Blaming their incompetence on the green deal.

Investigate why they didn't buy the necessary upgrades for heated blades (because global climate change is a Dem hoax).

And then investigate why Greg Abbott tried to blame it on AOC and the green deal. (Which is only a green dream.)

Nicely done ye Texas -----. Most Texans are good people. Their leaders appear to be partisan idiots.

Why do Texans continue to put up with this crap?

#25 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-02-17 09:43 AM | Reply

How the hell do these people get elected? I'd like to know.

#24 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

I believe it's called gerrymandering.

#26 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-02-17 09:44 AM | Reply

#5 | POSTED BY BELLRINGER

Well,it's rapidly becoming a blue state like Georgia.

#27 | Posted by northguy3 at 2021-02-17 11:01 AM | Reply

"Texas power plants didn't want absorb the cost of natural gas surge. So it cut the power."

Sound business practices.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-17 11:22 AM | Reply

Cost savings all around. No insulation on natural gas pipelines and supply failed. No de-icing operations and wind turbines went down. Solar iced over and stopped working. Nuclear power in Matagorda shut down due to weather issues.

My goal zero setup ---- the bed, useless solar panels and diminished capacity, only good to keep phones charged that couldn't be used for 2 days. Channeling Hank Hill now. 5kW generator + 400 pounds of propane.

#29 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-02-17 12:35 PM | Reply

and hopefully, if the planets align, this will be enough to unseat Abbot's crooked ass.

#30 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-02-17 12:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

so my eldest brother, who is a moron, has been playing soldier with his moron friends in the deserts of texas for the last year preparing for the collapse of civilization if biden won (lol). they were burying food and ammo stashes out in the desert, running drills, crazy stuff
- Jean-Michel ------- (@torriangray) February 16, 2021

this included getting a cb license so he could be their lifeline to other groups of white idiots when the cell towers all went offline. wouldn't want to violate federal law while communicating with your resistance groups after the fall of the federal government i guess.
- Jean-Michel ------- (@torriangray) February 16, 2021

anyways, you would assume given that they've been prepping for the end of the world for at least a year they're well situated to ride out the rolling blackouts right?

wellll
- Jean-Michel ------- (@torriangray) February 16, 2021

their plan for cooking and heating during an extended power outage was natural gas, but like a lot of homes their gas service is out. the food in their freezer and fridge is already toast due to the power outrages, so they're down to canned stuff, but there's a catch.
- Jean-Michel ------- (@torriangray) February 16, 2021

they can get into the pull top cans just fine, but the ones that require an opener? their only can opener is electric. so a good 3/4 of his canned food store is inaccessible to him unless he goes after it with a knife, which i sincerely hope he does.
- Jean-Michel ------- (@torriangray) February 16, 2021

so captain survival was eating unheated ravioli out of a can yesterday because i guess he doesn't know how to start a fire? they have a fire pit but it too is gas fired.

he told my mom they're probably going to break into the survival buckets soon. i'm sure that's great food.
- Jean-Michel ------- (@torriangray) February 16, 2021

#31 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-02-17 03:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Tens of thousands of newer TX homes have no insulation around water pipes built into the walls.

There are going to be tens of thousands of homes with burst water pipes = destroyed homes.

Insurers will try to weasel out of paying claims.

#32 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-02-17 03:10 PM | Reply

Those aren't newer homes. All new homes are on pex. It's code. You're looking at at least 10 year old homes, which is ancient by Texas suburb standards.

#33 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-02-17 03:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#31 - that's a great story Jean-Michel relayed. Thanks for sharing, AU.

#34 | Posted by YAV at 2021-02-17 07:30 PM | Reply

Congrats texas. This is what deregulation and freedom looks like. Stop whining or change the way you vote.

#35 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-02-18 12:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"they were burying food and ammo stashes out in the desert"

"he told my mom they're probably going to break into the survival buckets soon."

I'm assuming that the ground they buried the food in isn't frozen.

#36 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2021-02-18 12:51 PM | Reply

Congrats texas. This is what deregulation and freedom looks like.

#35 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2021-02-18 12:46 PM | FLAG:

This is 100% the product of regulation. Texas regulations are built on cronyism.

The closest Texas has come to deregulating anything is letting you buy take home alcohol from restaurants and direct purchases from breweries.. and it took a pandemic to get that.

#37 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-02-18 03:12 PM | Reply

Texas removed all requirements for ERCOT to protect against freezing. Texas removed all requirements for any of the companies that produce power to winterize the equipment. Texas said "make your choices, it's your business" and ERCOT stays independent so the Federal Gov't rules won't apply. That's why El Paso and Beaumont are perfectly fine while the rest of Texas is suffering. Those two cities aren't on ERCOT's system and are on the Federal grid system.

#38 | Posted by YAV at 2021-02-18 06:55 PM | Reply

#38 Deregulation, baby! = MAGA

Or as Snoofy would say: Thanks, capitalism!

#39 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-02-18 07:11 PM | Reply

That's why El Paso and Beaumont are perfectly fine while the rest of Texas is suffering. Those two cities aren't on ERCOT's system and are on the Federal grid system.

#38 | POSTED BY YAV

Actions have consequences. I bet El Paso and Beaumont were dunked on for not being "Texan" whenever the decision went down to go Texas-dependent for power.

#40 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-02-18 08:02 PM | Reply

For those lucky Texans that got their power back:

(T)he price of power went from 3 to 8 cents per kilowatt hour, to as much as 900 cents per kilowatt hour.
"For the average home in Texas, it translates to roughly $450 a day if they didn't curtail their usage at all," Anders said.

www.khou.com

The Republican lead deregulation at work making the free market work for you - and a price hike of 11,25o% to 30,000%.

#41 | Posted by YAV at 2021-02-18 11:11 PM | Reply

#40 - I bet they were.
If DeSantis was running Texas they'd also have their COVID vaccine cut for not being good Republican cities.

#42 | Posted by YAV at 2021-02-18 11:13 PM | Reply

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