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Michael Ramirez for February 25, 2021

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    mr_sherman Premium Member 3 months ago

    Texas as run by YOUR guys, Mike.

    Own it.

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    LookingGlass Premium Member 3 months ago

    Maybe it’s high time to send the Republic of Texas a message!! Relocate all of the USG facilities to other states!! Then the Republic will have plenty of power … to spare!!

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    Mats Dahlgren Premium Member 3 months ago

    Dear Michael, if the Texas power grid is operated on a free market, isn’t this what the market wants? Long live the free enterprise free of rules and regulations – or?

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    Brian G Premium Member 3 months ago

    That is because NASA is run by scientists and the Texas power grid is run by business execs.

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    cracker65  3 months ago

    They wanted this, they got it. This is what greed, and lack of leadership looks like. The people must like it, because like here in Kentucky, they keep voting the idiots back into office.

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    imagenesis  3 months ago

    What is the point for a Nation to be so wealthy, yet it fails when it comes to protect its own people. It is both tragic and shameful!

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    baroden  3 months ago

    That’s because NASA is run by scientists and Texas is run by “we stand independent” and “we don’t want no government regulation” shitheads.

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    wildthing  3 months ago

    Sure can……..that’ll be $16,742.99. Don’t need no guvment interfering with the free market.

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    scote1379 Premium Member 3 months ago

    Hey Texas how does leaving the Union look now ?

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    robcarroll1213  3 months ago

    Don’t need no electricity to tip some cows! YEEEEEEEEE HAWWWWWWWW!

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    phredturner  3 months ago

    Yup

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    suzalee  3 months ago

    Look on the bright side The government wasn’t "on their backs’ So much better to freeze in your home and to have children in schools shot and killed than to have to deal with regulations. We can be free to suffer and die.

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    piper_gilbert  3 months ago

    When politicians cut corners to make the rich richer, it eventually catches up with you.

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    Denver Reader Premium Member 3 months ago

    This cliche (normally in reference to the moon) has repeatedly been shown as fallacious.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 3 months ago

    $50,000,000,000 in damage and lost revenue, but $1,000,000,000 gained in bloated electric bills. The “free” market????

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    Zebrastripes  3 months ago

    Every administration, every state has evaded the obvious! The grids in America are OLD and vunerable to hacking…YET, THEY DO NOTHING! Where the hell is our tax dollars going then? UNDER THE BUS? Pathetic, GREEDY, incompetent politicians!

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    Alberta Oil Premium Member 3 months ago

    That old saying.. you get what you pay for.. comes to mind. And in this case, also who you hire but fear not, chances are you won’t get another weather event for a few years so nothing to worry about, or change.

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    artmer  3 months ago
    That’s what an unregulated power grid gets you. Can’t WAIT for you mouth breathers to secede.
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    #Rad-ish  Premium Member 3 months ago

    That’s because you keep voting for stupid greedy sexist racist republican thieves who stole the money instead of making upgrades to the electrical system.

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    jtt  3 months ago

    Back to the USSR! You don’t know how lucky you are! ;-)

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    EdMeiller Premium Member 3 months ago

    I gave a like to Mr. Ramirez and I don’t feel dirty.

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    guyjen2004  3 months ago

    The investment, or over-investment, in renewable energy in TX has diverted funds from ensuring the other sources of electrical generation (natural gas, coal and nuclear) and the connecting infrastructure are as reliable as possible. Even with that, those sources proved more reliable than wind during the recent freakish weather. Electrical generation from wind turbines fell 91%. The others were somewhere in the 25% area. Wind is only about 40% reliable under normal circumstances, anyway. No wind or too little wind as well as too much wind means no spinning blades. Good news for the birds but not so good for those relying on the electricity.

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    Flatlander, the commentator formally known as...  3 months ago

    My heating bill is $80, hydro $150, wife does a lot of baking and we had some weeks of -30c. Government owned utilities.

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    ndblackirish97  3 months ago

    Yep. One is regulated by government and taxpayer funded; the other is de-regulated and controlled by private for-profit corporate interests that extort their customers. You nailed it.

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    JeanMeslier  3 months ago

    The people who create these messes aren’t affected and are not held accountable.Four of the five directors of ERCOT, Texas power provider, don’t live in Texas.Rick Perry, former governor, said Texans had rather have blackouts than be connected to the national power grid.That’s too much like socialism, ya know.

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    Baslim the Beggar Premium Member 3 months ago

    Oh lookie, a righty weighs in against wind power! Well, gosh, wind only provides 7% of power in Texas. Properly maintained wind turbines work even in very cold weather. Properly maintained gas lines work in cold weather. (See Russian gas lines send gas a long distance to western Europe.)

    But let’s look at those numbers shall we. So, the claim is that wind is 40% reliable. Assuming that is true, then there would be between 3% and 7% (no wind anywhere in Tx) variations in Texas Electrical generation on essentially a daily basis, even without freezing temps. So the TX grid would be used to such variations. Which means blaming wind in this case is just plain stupid!

    25% of all other power sources lost? And that isn’t the problem? Wind power is not the problem, foolish cons. Foolish government is. Even more foolish is lack of government.

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    David P. McLaughlin  3 months ago

    Taxpayer-funded credits made wind power cheaper than coal and fracked natural gas and oil. It didn’t matter that wind power is intermittent, requires backup power sources, and ice buildup would force wind turbines to be shut down, to prevent their destruction; “It never ice storms in Texas.”

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    ferddo  3 months ago

    Yep, shows the difference between National efforts and Texan efforts…

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    casonia2  3 months ago

    The problem is that Texas voters chose an “independent” power generation model that paid big salaries to the C-Suite and failed when stressed. Of course voters were misled — that’s what Republicans do — lie and mislead voters. Wake up, people!

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    red6235 Premium Member 3 months ago

    Thank the republicans for deregulating.That and a weeks worth of electricity costing $10,000 or more.Free market at work so quit your b!tching.

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    codak  3 months ago

    since the US government is aiding these people with FEMA. . .maybe a way should be found to get some of that aid out of the power companies responsible for some of this

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    JanaKralovna  3 months ago

    The Mars project was run by scientists. The Texas energy commission was controlled by politicians.

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    david_42  3 months ago

    Deregulation of monopolies does that.

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    David  3 months ago

    Sometimes, too little government regulation is a bad thing.Sometimes.

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    rhonda Premium Member 3 months ago

    But Rick Perry told us … it’s OK to go without power for days on end in the worst winter storm in memory as long as Texas maintains its independence from the feds!

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    charliekane  3 months ago

    Free market BS, as opposed to sciency stuff that really worked!

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    Kracklin Rosie  3 months ago

    And California has had rolling brown outs for years with a plethora of state and federal regulation and oversight. Look, I see a lot useless rhetoric here that has no solution to the energy problem. I have a lot of objections to wind and solar not the least of which is they are not as environmentally friendly as their proponents would have us to believe. That said, can we all find a reasonable middle ground? How about the following:1. Solar and wind power is not a consistent source of power but can be a valuable asset to existing power grids.2. The three mainstays of consistent 24 hour power generation are coal, hydro and nuclear.3. It’s highly unlikely that anymore hydroelectric will be built and coal is being phased out.4. Of all the continuous power sources only one has a relatively high safety record with a zero annual death rate, nuclear.5. Our power consumption is growing and will continue to do so.

    Can we have a serious discussion on funding and construction of new, modern, safe nuclear power plants with an emphasis on Thorium as fuel? Even many on the environmental left are coming to the opinion that nuclear is the only alternative to coal. Frankly, I don’t see any long term solution to our energy demands other than nuclear. Fission would be nice, but that’s been an ongoing dream for over sixty years and I don’t see a break through in the near future. I know someone is going to toss geothermal into the mix but that is expensive and only viable in a relatively few areas.

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    Tralfaz Premium Member 3 months ago

    Only at $17,000 a day though…

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    braindead Premium Member 3 months ago

    Independent, no-nonsense, realist, independent Republican* governor of Texas has determined the first thing that should be done in order to fix the Texas electricity problems.

    And his magic solution is ….

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    Wait for it …..

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    Better REGULATIONS!

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    Now, THAT is one ingenious solution, certainly one none of them socialist communist fascists in the federal government couldda come up with, eh? I tell ya, those Republicans* are bloody geniuses, wot?

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    LarryinDurango Premium Member 3 months ago

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but Scientists sent the rover to Mars….and it’s RepupliCONs who can’t plan ahead, even when given a step bY step instruction book, to keep the lights on in a snowstorm. Texas is a Mess.Ditto for how the Cons handled COVID.

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    JenSolo02  3 months ago

    Texas didn’t send the Rover to Mars; NASA with JPL did. Houston wasn’t involved this time. California, NASA Langley (Virginia), Launched from Florida. Sorry, Texas, you weren’t needed.

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    Madzdad the bard  3 months ago

    Well, Texas, you wanted your own grid and complete deregulation, you got what you paid for!

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    mysterysciencefreezer  3 months ago

    Well yeah. The Mars thing is run by scientists. The Texas power grid is run by Republicans.

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    DonnyTwoScoops  3 months ago

    Texas is what happens when you elect people who don’t believe in government to run the government.

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    Night-Gaunt49  3 months ago

    Unregulated Free Enterprise at work.

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    evanmarhews  3 months ago

    welcome to unregulated Texas

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    The Love of Money is . . .  3 months ago

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . . the two cities of Dallas-Fort Worth . . .you little Republican dickens. . . . /S

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    T Smith  3 months ago

    No, AMERICA can send a rover 300 million miles to Mars, TEXAS can’t send electricity down the street.

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    knutdl  3 months ago

    “A poor man stealing electricity”

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    demner Premium Member 3 months ago

    Do you mean “How can a government agency send a rover to Mars but a privatized grid cannot provide electricity down the street…”.

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    currysteph Premium Member 3 months ago

    because enivro wackos pressured for “green energy” while simultaneously decommissioning aging natural gas plants and out weak politicians here bought into it….then all the “green energy” failed and the remaining natural gas, nuclear, and coal plants couldnt replace the loss to the power grid….sorry but this is a GREEN ENERGY problem not a texas problem

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    dcy665  3 months ago

    Well, Texas can’t. In fact, they specifically decided to not ALLOW any aid from outside their disaster because they didn’t like Regulations the Feds mandated. So their power company has generated billions in profits even when many had none.Texas is still Texas

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