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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%.

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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.  

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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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Mini-Movie Reviews, 6

Two out of three ain’t bad

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Here are three movies, each having received at least one Oscar nomination:

All Quiet on the Western Front — here is a remake of the 1930s classic, and I was prepared to have this be the same old trench warfare, with all the accompanying platitudes. Instead, I was surprised. This was well done, with decent acting, and a few hand-to-hand combat sequences unlike anything I have previously seen, some truly touching. It is a German production, but all in English. Although it’s on the long side, I think it is worthwhile.

Everything Everywhere All at Once — starring Michelle Yeoh, and receiving 11 Oscar nominations is alternatively amusing, excessively noisy, clever, confusing, and lacking boundaries. It is without a raison d’être, as with other movies during this awards season, notably The Banshees of Isherin and Tár. Everything Everywhere is getting rave reviews, but I say “skip it.” As one reviewer put it, the plot seems to suggest “that what makes life meaningful is the recognition that because there is no inherent meaning, all things and moments are equally meaningful.” Oh, sure thing….

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Aftersun — a subtle but touching recollection of a 30-year old woman, when she was on a long vacation with her divorced father, 20 years earlier, before the new school year starts. Not much happens, yet we are drawn to this twosome, and the screenplay and the director skillfully lead us to an articulated but implied conclusion. Newcomer Paul Mescal, as the father, received an Oscar nomination and (Miss) Frankie Corio, as the 10-year old daughter, is equally good. Aftersun is not for the masses, but I found it to be worthwhile.

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The Left Is Fueling a New Racism

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It’s my firm belief that the number of Americans holding racist views is small, whether white, black, or Hispanic. At this point in our history, the vast majority of Americans try to live up to the challenge delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We keep moving toward the hard-fought dream he envisioned of an America where a citizen’s character would mean more than the color of their skin.

We are a different country today. I’ve presented leadership programs to hundreds of companies over the last 40 years. I’ve seen the work they’ve done to embrace diversity and advance capable employees and leaders from all races. Many minority members have advanced and earned their rightful place in making this great American economy work. At a time we should be celebrating and furthering our progress, our American culture is under attack from the left. Angry race-baiters are doing everything they can to increase our racial divide through pushing the 1619 Project, CRT, and BLM. They make extreme racist claims with a clear goal—to expand the government gravy train that only racial “victims” can justify.

I lived in pre-civil rights Atlanta where there were separate schools, separate bathrooms, and the baseball team was the Atlanta Crackers! Today, it’s more likely that leftist blacks are the ones who want separate schools, separate rights, and special reparations for their race.

As one anonymous post asserted, “Only in America can an ethnic group of black awareness month, black holiday, black only colleges, black only dating sites, and black only bars and clubs…and turn around and call everyone else racists!” You don’t have to look far to find evidence of extreme black racist demands.

In California, the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee released a report calling on the city to pay every qualifying black California resident $5 million and absolve them of their outstanding personal debt. This is madness. California was a free state and did not condone slavery, but the committee is doing all it can to justify reparations: “While neither San Francisco, nor California, formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery, the tenets of segregation, white supremacy and systematic repression and exclusion of Black people were codified through legal and extralegal actions, social codes, and judicial enforcement.” To the left, this “failure” warrants millions of innocent California citizens being forced to pay higher taxes to fund exorbitant benefits to one race they haven’t abused in any way.

In Washington, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is proposing a law that could codify black racism in America. There is a common mantra in her political speeches: White America is defined by institutional racism, systemic racism, white supremacy, and white nationalism. She attacks “white” America and seems to see the clan in the face of every white citizen. Such general attacks are evidence of a new racism—black racism.

Read for yourself Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s proposed law, the Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023. The legislation promises to criminalize criticism of any minority that is subsequently used to incite anybody else to commit a hate crime. The law reads: “A conspiracy to engage in white supremacy inspired hate crimes shall be determined to exist between two or more persons, at least one of whom published material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on ‘replacement theory,’ or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-White person or group could, as determined by a reasonable person, motivate actions by a person predisposed to engaging in a white supremacy inspired crime.”

This is a chilling attack on freedom of speech against one race—caucasians. In short, if you criticize a minority and another person states that your statement was all the motivation needed to do a hate crime, you may be jailed because your criticism “motivated” a hate crime you did not commit. Get the message—be silent and conform or we will put you away.

Black racism is real and just as evil as white racism. Both must be soundly rejected by responsible citizens. As a Christian, I affirm my Savior’s claim that all God’s children matter! No responsible citizen should be shamed into silence by the irresponsible racist attacks of the left. Be proud of yourself and of America. Whether black, brown or white, success as a small business person or advancement as a good employee had to be earned by hard work, long hours, and diligent sacrifice. As with Americans for generations, it was not handed to you. You didn’t depend on government handouts to get ahead, you had to find a way to earn your own American Dream.

Reparations will never happen! Politicians can’t even afford to fund the entitlements they’ve already promised. Special black racist demands are unethical, divisive, and risk fueling a new racism backlash. Politicians from the left keep making the promises to fuel racist anger and secure special interest donations and votes.

Don’t fall for their racist rants and demands. Depending on government entitlements is never the answer. Instead, get busy following the models and learning from citizens of all races who have made America work for themselves and their families.

Let’s reclaim the American Dream Martin Luther King, Jr. affirmed. Do not judge a fellow citizen by the color of their skin. Celebrate the character of the vast majority of good American citizens you meet. Keep rejecting racism of any kind. It’s time to stand proud and applaud hard work and success wherever we find it, no matter what the race. May it always be so in this great republic we treasure…America!

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