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Snowstorm takes out power in Texas

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/15/21, 02:45 pm

Officials said subfreezing temperatures likely caused the deaths of two men found dead along Houston-area roadways. Nearly 2.6 million customers across Texas lost power on Monday morning. The state’s electricity council said it rotated power outages as a “last resort to preserve the reliability of the electric system as a whole.” A snowstorm plunged the temperature in Houston into the 20s while Dallas dipped as low as 9 degrees.

Are other parts of the U.S. affected? About 5,000 Oklahoma Gas & Electric customers lost power overnight, while Entergy Arkansas recorded 3,000 outages. The National Weather Service on Sunday predicted the forecast through early Tuesday would bring between 8-12 inches of snow in central Oklahoma. The region from eastern Texas to the Ohio Valley in the Northeast will likely receive 4-8 inches in the same period. A winter storm across the Pacific Northwest covered the region in snow and ice and left tens of thousands of people without power.

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Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.


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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 04:18 pm

    “The ironically named Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which oversees the grid, had no solution to any of this. They simply told people to stop using so much power to keep warm," Carlson continued. "So in Houston, hundreds of shivering Texans headed to the convention center like refugees to keep from freezing to death. Some Texans almost certainly did freeze to death. Later this week, we'll likely learn just how many more were killed as they tried to keep warm with jury-rigged heaters and barbecues and car exhaust.”

    “The windmills froze, so the power grid failed. Millions of Texans woke up Monday morning having to boil their water because with no electricity, it couldn't be purified,” he commented, noting the Green New Deal has arrived. 

    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.

    Rather than celebrate and benefit from their state's vast natural resources, politicians took the fashionable route and became recklessly reliant on so-called alternative energy, meaning windmills. Fifteen years ago, there were virtually no wind farms in Texas. Last year, roughly a quarter of all electricity generated in the state came from wind. Local politicians were pleased by this. They bragged about it like there was something virtuous about destroying the landscape and degrading the power grid. Just last week, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott proudly accepted something called the Wind Leadership Award, given with gratitude by Tri Global Energy, a company getting rich from green energy.

    And this is one of the renewable energy sources the Biden administration and his climate allies are so eagerly pushing on the rest of America, despite the fact that they’re less reliable, inefficient, more expensive, and kill a ton of birds. 

    What the rest of us think matters not, however, because “green energy is the ultimate inside game” for the small number of individuals who profit, Carlson said. 

    Townhall - https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2021/02/16/texas-freezing-we...

     

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 11:08 pm

    I live in Texas and we had our power go out for 18 hours but we were able to stay warm by burning natural gas in our fireplace.  Those with all electric were the ones in trouble, where a number of people  were asphyxiated trying to keep warm. Pipes are freezing because of the cold that Texas is experiencing, which is unusually low in the teens. We have a few more days of this and we expect the power to cycle off again shortly- but we will see.  Hearing now from my wife that we are about to lose power again so the adventure continues.
     

    Yesterday, I was driving around and late in the evening all restaurants were closed down, where usually a few are open. Even most gas stations were closed late in the evening which is extremely unusual.  The roads weren't too bad given that I'm a northern boy and not a true lifelong Texan.  There were patches of ice but much of the road was dry and easy to drive, though for the locals most stayed home.  There is a sense of uneasiness by most people especially with the deaths which are expected to grow as people try to survive the cold.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 02/19/2021 04:41 pm

    I sympathize with those in Texas (and other places) who have suffered through this cold. It's easy to criticize and look for someone to blame, but this freeze really is a freak weather event that couldn't be stopped by anything man can do. And it's ridiculous to think homes and infrastructure "should have" been built to the same freeze-protection standards as what is required in the northern US. I've read elsewhere that frozen windmills actually didn't play a large part in this, and frozen natural gas wells played a much larger part.  No way from where I am to know what the true situation is. 
     

    So the best thing to do, I guess, is just to pray God will be merciful and thaw you out quickly!  

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