Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ran to the friendly confines of Hannity Tuesday night to blame the devastating power outages currently plaguing his state on solar and wind sources, directly contradicting his own energy department. Millions were still without power in the Lone Star State as the governor spoke to Fox News...
A senior director for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, however, said hours earlier that frozen wind turbines during the deadly winter storms have been “the least significant factor in the blackouts,” noting that the main factors are “frozen instruments at natural gas, coal and even nuclear facilities.” Over the past 24 hours, numerous Republicans and right-wing media personalities have falsely claimed that failing windmills and renewable energy sources are the root cause of the widespread power outages in the Lone Star State, despite the fact that wind and solar shutdowns have only accounted for 13 percent of total outages.
Once again, the party of personal responsibility shifts blame. Texas has been Republican run for a couple of decades. The Texas power grid is independent and always has been because Texas did not want its system subjected to federal control. The real problem, at the moment, is that the Texas power grid is not adequately winterized. Many colder states that get more snow than Texas don't suffer these outages.
Republicans like to rip on Illinois, for example, but this majority Democratic state does just fine with far colder temperatures than Texas is seeing, and with winters that can dump far more snow. Recently, we had days of single-digit and subzero temperatures, and I snapped the photo below yesterday.
For those at Fox News and in Texas who need to see it for some reason, these are winterized Arctic wind turbines. If you build wind turbines to operate in frigid weather, they work just fine.
So whoever makes decisions about spending on the Texas power grid decided that the investment in more serious winterization was not worth it.
I get it. Cost-benefit calculations are made all the time. But blaming renewable energy for the pain that can come with these calculations is nonsense. The governor of Texas needs to confront the voters of his state with realistic options. Invest in winterization and pay more for electricity, or go through these deadly crises from time to time. That isn't the fault of renewables or liberals or Democrats or AOC. It's the fault of reality.