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It’s cold in Texas…. but that shouldn’t mean we have to give up electricity or running water

February 17, 2021

…OK so here I sit typing this article for my blog thinking I was one of the lucky people living in North Texas during one of the coldest days in Texas history because my electricity came back on after only 40 minutes but little did I know that because the building codes never considered any long cold spells I now have no running water.

Still I have to consider myself one of the fortunate few because those without electricity are now dealing with frozen water lines and dead batteries for their phones and computers. Plus you should remember that I lived for 14 years without full time electricity or running water so having not lost that ethic of keeping a well stocked home I have enough bottled water to last for days. Of course going back to taking a sponge bath in a large plastic ‘totes’ container will never come close to a shower in running hot water!

Now as the last flakes of snow are falling and the forecast is for temperatures in the 60’s within four days, the Governor of Texas held a news conference and appeared to be one mad politician looking for someone to put in the unemployment line. Apparently after all is said and done our current situation was caused not by one person or even the snow storm and freeze but a domino type effect that started long ago with the shut down of the coal fired power plants here in Texas and that the power they generated was never replaced.

You add to that the lack of winter weatherization for the current generating stations and those taken off line to do that maintenance plus the illogical reliance on wind and solar power to replace gas fired generating stations and then throw in a severe and extended cold snap and you have what we see here today. No quick fix will right the problems but if those in power would open their eyes to the fact that no amount of wind turbines or solar panels will ever replace the need for a reliable petroleum fired power station then maybe we are headed in the right direction, and away from being called a ‘third world’ state!

I don’t like to beat a dead horse but

if the Governor of Texas

would look to how

Alaska

maintains it electrical system

at -30 or -40

with snow measured in feet

maybe this will never happen

in Texas again.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. john permalink
    February 17, 2021 2:58 pm

    blame game by the very causes of the problem

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  2. February 17, 2021 4:53 pm

    I’m from New England not Alaska but I can tell you that here in Florida if they ever had even the average weather I once worked outside in we’d have a national crisis with plenty of finger pointing. It’s all about expectations and Texas got on the wrong side of that with a healthy dose of Yankee weather!

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  3. Jon Rukavina permalink
    February 17, 2021 6:54 pm

    I’ve said for years that going green makes me see red. This moronic disaster should be the poster child of the consequences of AOC’s Green New Deal.
    We have some of these wind farms in SW Mn. Some were tried in southern Mn. But the citizens went on the warpath and I think it was stopped.
    In N. Mn. a pipeline replacement has finally been given final approval but the idiots are still appealing. It’s ironic that the do-gooders drive out to protest on their fossil fuel powered vehicles. Wouldn’t it be also ironic if the protesters won, the old pipeline burst spilling oil everyplace and the environmental organizations were sued for pollution!

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  4. Del Hoskins permalink
    February 18, 2021 12:07 pm

    Yea and Obidin is wanting another 3 trillion dollar stimulus to appease the Green new deal crazios!!!

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  5. February 21, 2021 12:50 am

    My wife and decided it would be wiser to be off grid than on years ago when we realized we would be without heat, water, and lights if the grid went down. Plus, it’s more economical than the rising cost of electricty. Pete, on a side note, my family and I are working on our Ham technician license. It has been a fun family project and will make a good hobby to distract us from all the gloom and doom.

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  6. March 11, 2021 3:00 pm

    At least you were prepared. You and I know what it’s like in cold temperatures. Texas was woefully unprepared..

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  7. unalaska permalink
    March 25, 2021 3:21 pm

    The real problem is continuing to turn your backs on not accepting a more aggressive posture to believing, understanding and addressing the threat of climate change. Finger pointing may well take you into the next climate crisis if you don’t stop electing folks who make plans to secede from the union, then turn around and ask for aid from the tax payers within weeks of your secession plans. As an aside, wind power was only slated for less than 20% of the required power for the state. It was the abject failure of the gas, nuclear, and coal entities that were to carry the load. And the abject failure of preventative maintenance that killed the grid as far as I can surmise.

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