Republican Rick Perry, former Texas Governor and Energy Secretary, suggested in a recent blog post on the website of Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy that Texans should be more than willing to take it. power cuts to prevent the federal government from regulating the state’s electricity grid.
The Lone Star State was hit by power outages caused by extreme snowstorms, and as of Wednesday morning, about 2.7 million homes in Texas were still without power, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
“Texans would be without power for more than three days to prevent the federal government from going about their business,” Perry said. “Try not to let the crisis of the day distract you from a resilient network that keeps the United States safe, personally, economically and strategically.”
The former governor, who once called former President Donald Trump “the chosen one,” was responding to a prompt from McCarthy suggesting that “those looking to the left may see the situation in Texas as an opportunity to expand their proposals descending radicals. . “
The way to avoid future blackouts, Perry said, is to make sure Texas has reliable core energy resources, which typically refer to coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants.
“If wind and solar are our destination, the last 48 hours should give everyone a real break,” Perry said. “We have to have a base load. And the only way to get a base charge in this country is [with] natural gas, coal and nuclear. “
It echoes similar rhetoric from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (right), who blamed solar and wind power for the electricity crisis in his state. in an interview Tuesday with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Abbott argued that the “Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America.”
Still, the power outages in Texas were largely caused by a number of outages in coal, nuclear and natural gas power systems, which were not prepared to withstand extreme cold, said the Texas Electrical Reliability Council.
Wind power, in fact, exceeded daily production forecasts over the past weekend, and the GOP’s criticism of wind turbines was a “ridiculous political twist” of the situation, Professor Daniel Cohan told HuffPost. associate of environmental engineering at Rice University in Houston.
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