Yesterday, parts of northern Texas had temperatures below zero. Austin reached 10 degrees and Houston 20 degrees. Millions of Texans are without electricity during this dangerously cold weather and record-breaking snowfalls.
From Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner:
“The electricity grid continues to lose generation. If you are without power, you may be without power throughout the day. Please do your best to stay warm safely. Check on our seniors.”
The Lone Star State is “facing a very dangerous winter storm” that will “make movement virtually impossible,” announced Governor Greg Abbott on Saturday. Temperatures are expected to plunge again on Tuesday and Wednesday.
From BRIGHT editors:
Renewable Energy Makes Large-Scale Power Outages Inevitable
Renewable energy is not currently advanced enough to compete with traditional sources. We were reminded of this over the last few days in Texas, where wind power accounts for 25 percent of electricity production. The state’s wind turbines froze solid, which meant that there wasn’t enough electricity being produced to meet demand. This contributed to the rolling blackouts that have left millions of families without power for days on end, during below-freezing temperatures.
Increasingly relying on renewables might make left-wing politicians and environmental activists feel good, but green energy sources are not reliable during a crisis and can lead to deaths during frigid—or extremely hot—weather.