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“People should probably be worried”: Texas hasn’t done enough to prevent another winter blackout, experts say
Posted by: p8712
Date: November 29, 2021 11:08AM
Uh oh

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But energy experts say Texas’ grid remains vulnerable, largely because newly written regulations allowed too much wiggle room for companies to avoid weatherization improvements that can take months or years. More than nine months after February’s storm — which could exceed Hurricane Harvey as the costliest natural disaster in state history — a lack of data from regulators and industry groups makes it impossible to know how many power and gas facilities are properly weatherized.

For millions of Texans, that means there is no assurance that they will have electricity and heat if another major freeze strikes the state.

“If we see a recurrence of the storm we saw last year, people should probably be worried,” said Adrian Shelley, director of the Texas office of Public Citizen, a consumer-advocacy nonprofit group.

The stakes are high, and not just for Texas, the nation’s top energy-producing state. Its winter preparedness affects customers as far away as California and Minnesota and is a test of America’s ability to deal with climate change, which is making weather more extreme, more unpredictable and more deadly.
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Re: “People should probably be worried”: Texas hasn’t done enough to prevent another winter blackout, experts say
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 29, 2021 11:13AM
Nah, this winter will be mild. But in a decade Texas will get hit again and they still won’t be prepared.



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Re: “People should probably be worried”: Texas hasn’t done enough to prevent another winter blackout, experts say
Posted by: Acer
Date: November 29, 2021 11:13AM
Someone tell Cruz to book his tickets now before the prices to Cancun spike. Or maybe he doesn't care because Big Oil is picking up that tab for a Fact Finding Mission.
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Re: “People should probably be worried”: Texas hasn’t done enough to prevent another winter blackout, experts say
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 29, 2021 11:18AM
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Acer
Someone tell Cruz to book his tickets now before the prices to Cancun spike. Or maybe he doesn't care because Big Oil is picking up that tab for a Fact Finding Mission.

Ted could not care less about any old power and water outage. He knows he’ll win re-election anyway because he thinks he is twice as smart as the average Texan and ten times as smart as those Texans who vote for him.



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Re: “People should probably be worried”: Texas hasn’t done enough to prevent another winter blackout, experts say
Posted by: Rolando
Date: November 29, 2021 02:05PM
Worried... a little. The chances of another Multiday Arctic blast like this are relatively low.

Surpised? No one little bit.



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Re: “People should probably be worried”: Texas hasn’t done enough to prevent another winter blackout, experts say
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 29, 2021 03:51PM
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Rolando
Worried... a little. The chances of another Multiday Arctic blast like this are relatively low.....
The probability of Texas screwing up epically approach 100%.
Giving all the money to the energy billionaires ? Yup...
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Re: “People should probably be worried”: Texas hasn’t done enough to prevent another winter blackout, experts say
Posted by: pdq
Date: November 29, 2021 05:06PM
If it was just Texas, I'd feel sorry for them and their weird energy structure/regulation.

Unfortunately, the bills from the freeze weren't limited to Texas:

Minnesota gas bills are up by $800 million; Texas freeze is to blame
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Re: “People should probably be worried”: Texas hasn’t done enough to prevent another winter blackout, experts say
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 29, 2021 05:56PM
Have you realized yet that the abortion bill is just a bright shiny thing to get people to forget about the Winter blackout?



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Re: “People should probably be worried”: Texas hasn’t done enough to prevent another winter blackout, experts say
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 29, 2021 06:28PM
Texas' grid will be fixed the same month that Florida is ready for rising water levels.



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