As brutal winter storms cause mass power outages in Texas, claiming lives and throwing the state into anarchic chaos, Republicans are scrambling to blame the crisis on anything other than the state’s deeply entrenched opposition to regulation and its over-reliance on private entities to provide services that should rightfully be provided by the government. Unfortunately for innocent Texans, the mortal bill for the far-right policies their elected officials have pursued for years has finally come due.
Part of the problem appears to be that natural gas pipelines have frozen as temperatures plunge to their lowest in decades. That fact doesn’t fit into the aggressively pro-fossil fuel Republican worldview so they are rolling out a blatant lie campaign insisting that the outages are being caused by green energy sources.
With his constituents struggling to survive, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) had the gall to go on Fox News last night and blatantly lie by blaming the electricity shortages on solar and wind power sources. The shameful claim is largely based on a few photographs of wind turbines frozen solid and inoperable — a striking image to be sure but one which does not even begin to fully encapsulate the reality of Texas’s problem. Some critics have blamed an alleged profit-maximizing decision to not pay for cold weather turbine insulation for the failures. On top of that, wind and solar account for only 21% of the state’s electricity. Simply put, it’s impossible for clean energy to be the culprit here.
The Lone Star State has long maintained its own energy grid separate from the larger United States as a way of remaining independent from the federal government and presumably to pander to would-be secessionists. As a result, the grid was allowed to avoid regulations implemented in other parts of the country making it ripe for a critical failure like this one.
Texas Gov. Abbott blames solar and wind for the blackouts in his state and says "this shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America" pic.twitter.com/YfVwa3YRZQ
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) February 17, 2021
Yesterday, Donald Trump Jr. joined the rush to spread the latest GOP talking point. The son of the disgraced ex-president took to Twitter to say he knows “someone who used to talk about how overrated wind turbines are.” The “someone” is of course his father Donald Trump, the only thing this affection-starved spawn ever seems to talk about.
The former president has long been an enemy of clean energy, in part because he hated the view of wind turbines he could see from one of his golf courses and in part because he’s in bed with the fossil fuel industry. Trump even once suggested that the noise from wind turbines can cause cancer. He also decried their tendency to kill birds, a bizarre point that Don Jr. repeated in his tweet. One struggles to imagine the kind of person who would take either Trump seriously when it comes to this topic at this point.
Yet again, we see Donald Jr. revealing himself as an ignoramus of weapons-grade quality. It’s one thing to make up idiotic things and say them in public. It’s another entirely to repeat the idiotic things your father has said in public because you lack the ability to think critically or fashion any kind of personality outside a hollow simulacrum of him.
I know someone who used to talk about how overrated wind turbines are. He said they do the most when you need them least and do the least when you need them most… that and they kill a lot of birds.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 16, 2021
Twitter users were quick to pillory Don Jr. for regurgitating his father’s asinine claims.
He said the noise from them caused cancer, Donald Junior.
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) February 16, 2021
I haven't seen any birds added to the endangered species list because of wind turbines but… pic.twitter.com/7885Rg7Lbl
— Sarah.Jenna (@r_enochs) February 16, 2021
Temperatures are 50 degrees below average because of climate change. Those wind turbines were not designed to work in that weather because they are in Texas not Michigan.
— Elizabeth Davich (@EDavich) February 17, 2021
This is a good time to note that the electrical grid in Texas was deregulated, privatized, and removed from interconnected networks to avoid federal regulation and increase profits to a small number of wealthy individuals.
— Mark James (@MarkJam92731126) February 16, 2021
Seems like the coke is hitting good tonight.
— Especially Female Scientist (@speciallyfemale) February 16, 2021
hey was it that guy who thought stealth planes were literally invisible? Lol remember that dumbass
— Dope Tugging Knob (@LizardRumsfeld) February 17, 2021
He also claimed they cause cancer.
Was fixated with toilet flushing so, yeah I wouldn't be so overly proud of admitting to know this person let alone quoting them.
— The Smiling Catassin (@smilingCatassin) February 16, 2021
Seems your beef is with Texas NOT wind turbines https://t.co/cDi7WlvEhR
— dane southard (@Ohdaneit) February 16, 2021
Cokehead Jr, it’s clear you are referring to TX where wind turbines failed due to the severely cold weather. Upper Midwest wind turbines have heaters that cost additional $ TX doesn’t want to invest. Not an inherent failure of wind turbines
— Richard Montier (@MontierRichard) February 17, 2021
THANK GOD we voted that guy out of office.
— dane southard (@Ohdaneit) February 17, 2021
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