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Wind Turbines Freeze in Texas

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Desertrat56
13 hours ago, Hyperionxvii said:

I don't think you understand what I'm saying.

Let me use an analogy. I have a basketball team and I have one guy who scores 80 points a game. Let's call him primetime. The rest of my team scores 20 points a game.

There are a LOT of people who seem to think that we can just eliminate fossil fuels and that alternatives can take their place. That is absurd, despite the narrative being pushed.

I'm not saying that alternatives have no use.

Hopefully, you get what I'm saying now.

Eventually alternatives do need to replace fossil fuels.  I get what you are saying, and I agree, if we cut out fossil fuels today, we would be struggling with production of electricity with the alternatives.  It is a sad commentary on our intelligence and allowance of who runs things, and especially because it looks like Texas is in a much better position for this than any other state, even though they are a rich state because of fossil fuel.   Massachusetts is forward thinking as well, and places like New Mexico and Arizona, where the solar industry was actually born in the universities and start up companies in the 70's and 80's, are so far behind the curve that it angers me.   The state of New Mexico is run by PNM, which is the main provider to the SW U.S. grid and instead of investing in alternatives in the 80's (with the exception of that stupid nuclear plant in Arizona) they built a dinosaur coal plant in Northern New Mexico and now that it has been decommissioned they want the tax payers to bail them out on the debt of that.   That money would have been better spent in so many other ways.   And becacuse our state government acts like they are beholden to PNM the taxpayers are left with a huge bill.   

 

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Raptor Witness

Before imagining that this situation is a “good thing” for Texans, money wise, let’s see how many broken pipes there are, and how many people needlessly died.

Just imagine being told to boil water, for days, when you don’t even have electricity in the first place, to do that, and can’t drive on the highway to get bottled water, or the grocery store runs out because they can’t get deliveries. Never mind there’s no gas to put in your car.

All this unnecessary crazy crap, in the middle of a deadly pandemic. No reliable power to keep the vaccines safely cold in the pharmacies.

Yes, by all means vote again for the ..... stupid is, as stupid dies crowd, and I can guarantee you, the next peril will be worse.

Texas was dumb. I have family right across the border, who never lost power, and never worried about it, because they’re connected to the big grid.

If intelligence is not an advantage to our species, that can be sorted out real quick.

I say, let Texas succeed. Let them have all the God and Guns they want. They can build a second wall. No FEMA, No Military help with Mexican cartels. Heck, let Mexico reabsorb f:))&&7544 Texas.

Forget stupid, we don’t need their brand of lies, and death, anymore.

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Desertrat56
36 minutes ago, Jon the frog said:

Sad stuff happening, really bad situation out there in Texas. But damn, most of the time, people are digging their own graves.

The tendance of never be prepared for the worst... no backup system at home. No worry, everything will be solved by the government and if not, we will blame them.

A lot of people can't afford backup systems, and the power providers should be prepared.  From what I understand, that is where the fault lies, with the providers cutting corners or ignoring possibilities they should have been prepared for.   There is not one company providing electricity in Texas.  In central Texas there is a company called Oncor whose job is to manage the distribution of the power and the infrastructure of the sub stations that send the electricity to the businesses and homes and all the providers are tied in to, but the actual equipment like wind turbines, gas production facilities, etc. are all owned by private, for profit companies.   

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Liquid Gardens
12 hours ago, razman said:

I can understand that people are really struggling down there , but you would think they would be prepared in case this happened. Its not unheard of

If only someone would have mentioned something and warned us before now about 'changes' in our 'climate' that can cause extreme weather events like this to be more frequent.

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aztek
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AOC Says If Green New Deal Would Have Passed, It Would Have Prevented Texas Blackouts

LMAO,, does she realize snow covered solar panels and frozen windmills do not make electricity??

her idiocy has no bounds, 

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Gromdor
2 hours ago, aztek said:

LMAO,, does she realize snow covered solar panels and frozen windmills do not make electricity??

her idiocy has no bounds, 

Here in Iowa we have angled solar panels so snow slides off and winterized wind turbines. But that being said even if we did adopt the Green New Deal, there would be no reason for Texas to install those systems with winterization in mind (Assuming this type of weather is a one-off thing).  

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Gromdor

Seems like Iowa had to do rolling black outs for about 1500 families.  There seems to be a shortage of Natural gas (a fossil fuel) due to frozen wells as well as coal piles freezing solid:

 Nationwide freeze forces rolling blackouts across north Iowa | KAALTV.com

Iowa Cooperatives Warn Of Rolling Electric Blackouts Due To Cold | Iowa Public Radio

To be fair, a couple of our wind turbines did freeze up.  The problem happened with a smaller co-op in the northern part of the state that share resources with some southern states.

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Myles
15 hours ago, Raptor Witness said:

The Big Problem?

Texas already succeeded in terms of their electric grid. It’s that simple, and now they’re back in the Stone Age. 

No potable water is the Stone Age, @Myles, so don’t argue with me otherwise, unless you have an artesian well at your house, also.

I still disagree.   They are in an enclose house.   They have lots of clothes and quilts and blankets.  Socks and shoes for their feet.   Food in the cabinets and freezer.  Heck, I can live for a month on what I have on hand.   Towards the end, I wouldn't like it a whole lot (cans of beans, carrots, peas and other things).  Matches, lighter and candles for light and to maybe heat up a can of food.  Soft bed to lie in.  Folks from the stone age would love to have it that nice.

I do feel for them because in no way is this good for them.  

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Hawken

A former classmate of mine lives in Mineral Wells, TX. She's without power and cold.

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Gromdor
15 minutes ago, Myles said:

I still disagree.   They are in an enclose house.   They have lots of clothes and quilts and blankets.  Socks and shoes for their feet.   Food in the cabinets and freezer.  Heck, I can live for a month on what I have on hand.   Towards the end, I wouldn't like it a whole lot (cans of beans, carrots, peas and other things).  Matches, lighter and candles for light and to maybe heat up a can of food.  Soft bed to lie in.  Folks from the stone age would love to have it that nice.

I do feel for them because in no way is this good for them.  

Do Texans even own cold weather clothing?  

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rashore

Pic from the weather channel this morning... Round Rock, Texas

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razman

Geez.:(

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Myles
1 hour ago, Gromdor said:

Do Texans even own cold weather clothing?  

Oh yeah.   When it drops to 65 they put on pants and sweaters.   

I bet the toilet seats are a cold nightmare.

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Raptor Witness
52 minutes ago, Myles said:

I do feel for them because in no way is this good for them.  

What about water, did you say you had an artisan well where you live?

I was watching Andrea Mitchell at noon on MSNBC today, and 7 million are under a boil order. That’s a lot of people boiling water. I doubt there’s enough freshwater sitting on the grocery shelves to cover all 7 million.

You should understand by now that when I say something like the “Stone Age,” I’m forecasting our future, especially if we keep pizzing off Mother Earth, not to mention the other Higher Powers, who aren’t happy with some of U.S. lying about everything.

This planet isn’t just our rodeo. That’s the biggest lie.

Who do you consider more credible, these clowns in Texas who are lying to The People, or the person who forecast here on January 8, 2021 that the polar vortex was coming to Southtown USA?

 

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thedutchiedutch
2 hours ago, razman said:

Ted blames his daughters for Cancun trip (see link) below. As Trump would say "Lying Ted" :yes:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/ted-cruz-cancun-texas-storm-b1804308.html

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Raptor Witness

At least in the Stone Age, Texans could have probably found a dry cave.

This is no fun folks ...  and the thaw has only begun.

 

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razman
26 minutes ago, thedutchiedutch said:

Ted blames his daughters for Cancun trip (see link) below. As Trump would say "Lying Ted" :yes:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/ted-cruz-cancun-texas-storm-b1804308.html

Well if trump would have won the election , he would be down there blowing so much hot air , problem solved.

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Hawken
1 hour ago, Myles said:

Oh yeah.   When it drops to 65 they put on pants and sweaters.   

I bet the toilet seats are a cold nightmare.

Slide tube socks over the toilet seat will keep your fanny warm.;)

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Senator Ted Cruz left Texas for Cancún as the state was battered by a brutal winter storm  -  NY Times

“With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon,” Mr. Cruz said, adding that, like millions of other Texans, his family had lost heat and power.

Mr. Cruz insisted that he and his staff had been “in constant communication” with state and local leaders during his brief Cancún trip. The Senate was in recess this week.

“This has been an infuriating week for Texans,” he said.
 

It must be nice living the Jetset life, while poor people are struggling to barely make it in Texas. No potable water, frozen pipes, The People half frozen.

Perhaps Senator Cruz can bring a little sunshine back with him, to spread around.

You gotta love these God and Guns types. They are brilliant political animals. 

7 million Texans under boil orders, and he leaves the state for warmer pastures. 

Where is my “Red Kingdom” T-shirt, because I have a feeling that it’s about to turn a lot bluer, in the cold shoulder cycle.

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razman

But he said " wanting to be a good dad , he flew them down". He can't even own up to it , he blames it on his kids .

 

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Raptor Witness
19 minutes ago, razman said:

But he said " wanting to be a good dad , he flew them down". He can't even own up to it , he blames it on his kids .

 

That’s the “Guns” part talking ...

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Hawken
6 hours ago, aztek said:

LMAO,, does she realize snow covered solar panels and frozen windmills do not make electricity??

her idiocy has no bounds, 

She needs to get out of NYC and see how the rest of the world works.

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Raptor Witness

This is how that “Red Kingdom” really rolls, is it waves goodbye to all the non-Jetsetters left in the cold.

 

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Raptor Witness

I think Chris Hayes summed it up best last night when it comes to Texas governor Abbott’s lies.

Now we’re hearing that most of the regulators for the Texas grid, who are chosen by governor Abbott, don’t even live in Texas.

I wonder why during most of his press conferences, governor Abbott has a Texas Ranger with a big old pistol on his hip standing behind him, or some mystery man with a badge in a white shirt, scowling at the camera beside him. 

 

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