Millions of Texans remain without power from a superstorm that already has killed at least 20 people as it pushed temperatures below freezing across much of the nation – below zero in many cases – at least partly because wind towers built to generate power, and depended on for nearly one-quarter of the state’s energy, froze.
The storm pushed frigid air over a state that doesn’t often deal with such extremes earlier this week, and a second surge was forecast to develop shortly.
But Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., said the solution to the problem is simple: More windmills.
The infrastructure failures in Texas are quite literally what happens when you *don’t* pursue a Green New Deal.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 17, 2021
“The infrastructure failures in Texas are quite literally what happens when you *don’t* pursue a Green New Deal,” she said on social media.
Fox reported she wants her “Green New Deal” adopted.
She charged that “the lack of investment in the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, political leaders who do not believe in climate change and the abandonment of low-income, minority and indigenous communities are to blame for the dire situation,” the report said.
“Weak on sweeping next-gen public infrastructure investments, little focus on equity so communities are left behind, climate deniers in leadership so they don’t long prep for disaster,” she claimed. “We need to help people *now.* Long-term we must realize these are the consequences of inaction.”
Her Green New Deal was proposed two years ago, with the held of Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.
It’s also was the target of ridicule just this week from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who blasted the “green energy” components of the Texas power grid for catastrophically failing in this week’s cold weather.
It was because of those frozen windmills.
“Who saw that coming in Texas?” Carlson said. “If there’s one thing you would think Texas would be able to do, it’s keep the lights on. Most electricity comes from natural gas and Texas produces more of that than any place on the continent. There are huge natural gas deposits all over the state. Running out of energy in Texas is like starving to death at the grocery store: You can only do it on purpose, and Texas did.”
More than three million people remained without power in the state on Wednesday. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was one of the officials criticizing the operations of the state power grid.
“The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has been anything but reliable over the past 48 hours,” Abbott said. “Far too many Texans are without power and heat for their homes as our state faces freezing temperatures and severe winter weather. This is unacceptable.”
He said “long-term solutions” are needed.
ERCOT officials have said they have no idea when power will be restored following the devastating results of Winter Storm Uri.
Officials confirmed natural gas and coal operations also were having difficulties.
According to AP, the next surge of the cold weather was forecast to engulf parts of Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi before moving on northeast on Thursday.
National Weather Service spokesman Bob Oravec said, “There’s really no letup to some of the misery people are feeling across that area.”
As the polar vortex descended onto southern states, one Houston family succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning from car exhaust in the garage.
Record low temperatures have been reported all across the region, and progressives have been quoting scientists who claim that global warming caused by humans is partly responsible for allow such frigid Arctic air to travel so far south.
Many of the power outages in other states were because of rolling blackouts utilities were using to ease the strain on their systems.
It was more than heating systems that were being affected. Officials in multiple Texas cities reported their water systems were disrupted, and residents in Houston were told to boil their water – if they had power to do that – because of power shortages within the water delivery system.
Authorities reported a fire that killed three young children and their grandmother in the Houston area likely spread from the fireplace they were using to keep warm.
“No matter which way you cut it, this is a massive failure for a grid and a state that holds up energy and electricity as a shining example,” Varun Rai, of the Energy Institute in Austin, told USA Today.
The Daily Mail explained that besides the frozen wind towers, plants that used natural gas to produce electricity were compromised because their infrastructure was not designed to withstand “severe” winter temperatures.
Forecasts said within a week, temperatures could be back in the 60s.
Temperatures in the storm bottomed out a little below zero, and up to eight inches of snow fell.
Abbott told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday, “This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States.”
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