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Crazy AOC Wrongly Blames Texas Power Outage on Lack of Green New Deal

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The left is gloating over millions of people in Texas losing power during the big snowstorm, blaming it on the red state’s lack of taking drastic efforts to address climate change. AOC tweeted, “The infrastructure failures in Texas are quite literally what happens when you *don’t* pursue a Green New Deal.” But wait a second, just a few years ago, Democrats called climate change global warming. Now that there’s been a terrible cold spell in Texas, they’ve revised their language just in time to call it climate change and not look silly. 

 

The reality is a big reason for the power outage is the opposite — renewable energy sources failed. According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, a cooperative responsible for 90% of the state’s electricity, almost 13% of the outages were due to renewable sources. As many as half of the state’s wind turbines were forced to shut down. Wind turbines generate less energy in the winter, so they are not a great energy option for times like this. They need to be de-iced, and they lose 60% of their energy in the cold. Just 10 years ago, wind power accounted for under 10% of electricity production in Texas. Now its share is close to 25%.

 

Even nuclear energy, which both conservatives and liberals often agree upon as a solution, ran into problems. At one of the four nuclear plants, a safety sensor froze, which shut the plant down. 

 

There was enough natural gas, but not all of it was available since pipelines froze; Texas does not insulate the pipelines. According to Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, “Bottom line: Thank God for baseload energy made up of fossil fuels. … Had our grid been more reliant on the wind turbines that froze, the outages would have been much worse.” 

 

Ed Hirs, an energy economist at the University of Houston, said it’s likely some power generators were “dragging their feet” about ramping up electricity because they wanted to price gouge. There are also some practical problems that will need to be addressed in the future. Texas’s grid is not as interconnected with other states so the state cannot easily import and export electricity. Maybe this is because the state does not want to get stuck bailing out California. In addition, Texas utilities are not required to keep their plants available on standby in case they’re needed on short notice. Politicians decided to cozy up to the utilities instead. Finally, states used to lots of freezing storms are more likely to be prepared for them. Texas is not one of them; while it has some snow, this was an aberration. In New Jersey, pipelines are buried deeper to avoid freezing. 

 

This isn’t a problem of capitalism because the government regulates public utilities. The public utilities that are gouging people right now are doing it because they can; unlike in the free market, a competitor cannot easily step in within hours to replace the handful of giants in Texas’s public utility industry. 

 

Contrast this to California. That state has constant rolling blackouts — many not caused by natural disasters and storms — because California law mandates renewable energy must make up a huge portion of the California electric supply. That’s not as reliable as gas and coal. And it’s just going to get worse. Governor Gavin Newsom issued a directive saying the state will ban sales of new gas and diesel-powered cars by 2035. All the new charging stations will put more pressure on the grid. 

 

The Democrats’ solution would turn Texas into California. The Democrats say we need drastic changes toward renewables in order to combat climate change. But those changes are what have resulted in California’s rolling blackouts. 

 

Eventually we should get some firm answers. Texas will be holding hearings to find out what went wrong at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The high of three million who were without power on Wednesday is now down to 190,000. 

While it sounds great to turn to “clean” energy sources, there is plenty of evidence that they are not as clean as the left makes them out to be. And the cost is overwhelming. The Biden administration has proposed a nearly $2 trillion plan that would make the grid carbon-free by 2035, almost as extreme as AOC’s Green New Deal. Unless we all want to end up like California with regular rolling blackouts, that’s not a wise path to take.  

Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



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What is the State of our Union?

… if the so-called President cannot deliver the State of the Union address?

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If Joe Biden gives a State of the Union address sometime this March, it will be late, based on precedence, but still in accordance with an 87-year tradition. All of which brings up the question: if Joe Biden does not deliver or cannot deliver a State of the Union address, is he truly the president?

In 38 days, he has not held a full press conference. Each of us who frequent Politicrossing and read the articles has known for quite a while that poor old Joe lacks the cognitive capability to handle the job. He is a mere puppet to a cabal of Leftists who want to irrevocably reshape America, and not in a good way.

So, the question arises, if Joe Biden does not deliver a State of the Union address this March, or, let’s say, even in February 2022, given that he lasts long enough, does anyone seriously believe he is the functioning president of the United States?

A President by any Other Name

If he does offer a State of the Union address this March, or next February, and he messes up terribly, as many of us suspect will happen, other than temporarily claiming the title, is he actually our president? If one lacks the capability to address the nation, with both houses of Congress, and the Supreme Court Justices in attendance, who exactly is leading our country? His handlers will claim, “COVID concerns.” Okay, then present to the camera in the East Room of the White House. “No” to that idea?

How long can the mainstream media continue to cover for him? How long can they avoid the issue altogether? If he does somehow manage to deliver the SOTU, how will the libstream media machine spew their propaganda when everyone, from all sides of the political spectrum, witnesses the undeniable elder abuse?

In other countries, Australia for one, Biden is not getting a free pass. “It’s clear to me at the least that U.S. President Joe Biden is struggling with dementia and is clearly not up to the task he’s been sworn in to do,” said Sky News host Cory Bernardi when asked to give his views of Biden’s performance in the early weeks of his administration.

Bernardi added, quite simply, “Never before has the leader of the Free World been so cognitively compromised.” What recognizable journalist or reporter among the mainstream media in the U.S. has said the same? Where are you Lester Holt, David Muir, Norah O’Donnell, Jake Tapper, Anderson Cooper, Brooke Baldwin, Wolf Blitzer, Jim Acosta, Joy Reid, Rachel Maddow, ad infinitum? “Cat got your tongue?”

Is observation of the obvious too much for you to acknowledge?

No Surprise

The Democrats knew well in advance that Biden would not be able to continue for very long at the level required for the job. That never mattered to them. Joe Biden was nothing more than a vehicle for their side to gain power.

Whether or not you object to the way in which the election occurred, with the gross irregularities, the terrible reality is that a mentally unfit man and his unworthy vice president are in office, and other people are calling the shots, be they Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, Valerie Jarrett, John Brennan, George Soros, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, or whomever.

The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clarifies presidential succession if the president dies, resigns, or is removed from office. It establishes how and when the vice president becomes president. However, the vile Nancy Pelosi, and other plotters on the Left, might not need the 25th Amendment to remove Biden.

It’s likely that he, or his wife, or his greedy family, will do so themselves when it is apparent that his continuing on will be an embarrassment to everyone, most of all themselves.

Waiting in the Wings

Some people speculate that Nancy Pelosi’s true intent in relation to the 25th Amendment is to remove Kamala Harris, before she names a VP, should she ascend to the presidency. There’s plenty in Harris’ past to disqualify her.

Once both Biden and Harris are removed from office, guess who gets to be the president of the United States of America? That’s right: The person who so eagerly tore up President Trump’s brilliant State of the Union address in February of 2020, none other than the vindictive, power-crazed, authoritarian wannabe, Nancy Pelosi.

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Interview With Phil Randazzo, Founder of Veterans’ Organization America Dream U

Phil Randazzo, founder of veterans’ organization American Dream U, talks about the importance of serving the patriots who heed the call to serve.

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Phil Randazzo

Phil Randazzo is the son of a Sicilian immigrant, and a highly successful entrepreneur. In 2003, disgusted with the lack of support for our fighting men and women coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq, he decided to create events celebrating them and eventually, helping those transitioning from service to civilian life as an entrepreneur. He has done dozens of events in front of 17,000 servicemen and women, featuring industry giants like Tim Ferris, UFC Champion Forrest Griffin, and NYT bestselling author Greg McKeown.

His organization, American Dream U, can be found here at www.AmericanDreamU.org

In this interview Phil talks about the his passion for serving those men and women who fight, bleed and die so that the rest of us can enjoy the blessings of liberty.

 

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