Much of the country is awash in snow and cold temperatures right now thanks to a massive winter storm. Millions are without power due to the extreme demand placed on power grids caused by freezing cold temperatures.
If you are freezing in states like Texas right now, you can blame liberal-inspired green energy mandates for your inability to feel your toes.
That’s right, even the former republic of Texas has bought into the mythical leftist energy utopia. The Longhorn state has mandated that wind be used as a primary source of energy generation.
That sounds all nice and dandy…except for when the wind doesn’t blow, or, in this instance, the windmills freeze solid, which is happening as we speak.
Common sense dictates that no energy will be produced when there is no wind to produced said energy. But trying to teach logic to climate alarmists is like trying to teach calculus to a toddler.
The Wall Street Journal reported, “A mix of ice and snow swept across the country this weekend as temperatures plunged below zero in the upper Midwest and into the teens in Houston. Cold snaps happen—the U.S. also experienced a Polar Vortex in 2019—as do heat waves. Yet the power grid is becoming less reliable due to growing reliance on wind and solar, which can’t provide power 24 hours a day, seven days a week…
Texas’s energy emergency could last all week as the weather is forecast to remain frigid. ‘My understanding is, the wind turbines are all frozen,’ Public Utility Commission Chairman DeAnn Walker said Friday. ‘We are working already to try and ensure we have enough power but it’s taken a lot of coordination.’”
Texas is sadly starting to resemble California. This summer, green energy mandates overwhelmed the Golden State’s power grid and caused rationed energy use and blackouts.
The Wall Street Journal reported the following: “The crunchtime for the state’s grid operator isn’t the actual power demand peak in late afternoon—it is when the sun starts to fall in early evening, and the renewable energy the state is increasingly dependent on begins to wane…
On many days, California’s grid operator now has to find 10,000 to 15,000 megawatts of replacement power—sometimes 25% to 50% of what it needs to keep the lights on—during a three-hour period as solar, and to a lesser degree, wind power, falls off.
California often relies on imported power from other states to help fill its void. But when a historic heat wave gripped the Western US this month, the state struggled to find a way to replace up to 8,000 megawatts of disappearing renewable energy each evening. It came up short on some days by as much as half that amount and had to call for rolling blackouts on Aug. 14 and 15.”
The state has decreased its use of natural gas—a cheap and clean form of energy—and increased solar and wind power. The results speak for themselves. The state has only one remaining nuclear power plant, which is set to close in 2025.
If liberals were serious about using energy sources that protect the environment, they would build more nuclear plants, not shut down existing ones. Nuclear power is a clean form of energy that is relatively safe, regardless of what the doomsday fearmongers say. A Chernobyl- or Fukushima-type disaster is extremely rare.
There is absolutely no excuse to wind down natural gas usage either. The energy is cheap and doesn’t harm the environment. Once again, fracking has also been given a bad name by the naysayers, despite there being little evidence that it is harmful to the local water supply or the environment as a whole.
The fracking revolution had transformed the United States into a net exporter of energy and we are no longer dependent on foreign oil. This trend began during the Obama years, but it happened despite him, not because of him. Most of that gas was dredged up on private lands, not on public lands.
It is time for freedom-loving Texans to say “don’t California my Texas!” or else risk being stuck in the cold forever.