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Sat Feb 20, 2021, 07:24 PM

Rick Perry Suggests Texans Voluntarily Go Without Heat To Fend Off Scourge Of Socialism

This show the great advantage that Republicans have with a whole right wing/Russia media ecosystem. You do not need to think. Just blame minority women, Democrats, socialism or California, and call it a day.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/02/rick-perry-texas-power-outage

In times of crisis, people typically look for strong, pragmatic leaders who will allay their fears while being straight with them and work around the clock to solve the problem at hand. Usually—not in all cases but in most of them—people aren’t interested in seeing elected officials go on TV or the internet and blame others for the situation they‘re in, but rather use what precious time they have to figure out how to fix things. Like, say your state was in the midst of a massive power outage, and millions of people didn‘t have heat while frigid weather refused to let up. You’d probably want your local leaders to work on restoring power before you froze to death, rather than going on Fox News to blame socialist policies that don’t exist for the situation, right? Unfortunately for the people of Texas, they’re stuck with politicians like Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, and Dan Crenshaw, who think a visit to Sean Hannity, or some tweets about the perils of socialism, are just what the doctor ordered.

On Tuesday, for example, as millions of his constituents continued to go without power amidst freezing temperatures, Governor Abbot stopped by Hannity’s show to warn viewers that what his state was going through shows why America can’t trust people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her pinko-liberal energy policies. “This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America,” Abbott said. “It just shows that fossil fuel is necessary for the state of Texas as well as other states to make sure we’ll be able to heat our homes in the winter time and cool our homes in the summer time.”

Of course, what Abbott necessarily left out of his attack was that (1) the Green New Deal is a proposal that has not yet been implemented and may never be, and (2) the majority of Texas’s power grid is fueled by natural gas, coal, and some nuclear power. Just 7% of the forecasted winter capacity of Texas’s main electricity provider comes from wind energy. While all of the state’s energy sources share in the blame of the power crisis, proportionally, it’s basically all natural gas’s fault. “Texas is a gas state,” Michael Webber, an energy-resources professor at the University of Texas at Austin, told The Texas Tribune. “Gas is failing in the most spectacular fashion right now.” (As an aside, even if Texas did use a higher proportion of wind to run its state, it wouldn’t necessarily be wind’s fault for the outages. As many have noted, wind turbines operate just fine in Antarctica; Texas was warned to winterize its infrastructure a decade ago in order to be able to churn out electricity in freezing conditions and apparently chose not to.)

Of course, those facts haven’t stopped other Texas Republicans from weighing in with their very wrong opinions. “This is what happens when you force the grid to rely in part on wind as a power source,” Representative Dan Crenshaw tweeted on Tuesday. “When weather conditions get bad as they did this week, intermittent renewable energy like wind isn’t there when you need it.” In another long thread, he wrote, “This raises the obvious question: can we ever rely on renewables to power the grid during extreme weather? No, you need gas or nuclear.” Then he blamed everything on…California.


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Shermann Feb 20 #2
walkingman Feb 20 #3
still_one Feb 20 #4
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Sat Feb 20, 2021, 07:26 PM

1. You first, Bwanah. nt

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Sat Feb 20, 2021, 07:30 PM

2. Not to mention the fact all those spinning liberal windmills are making Texas colder nt

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Sat Feb 20, 2021, 07:39 PM

3. Rick Perry is a perfect example of how Republicans fuck everything up! Hopefully this will change

in 2022.

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Sat Feb 20, 2021, 07:46 PM

4. I suggest Perry, Abbott, Cruz, etc. Secede, and let Texas live

This is the DU member formerly known as still_one.

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Sat Feb 20, 2021, 08:12 PM

5. The only people on the ground trying to help are all democrats.

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