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Texas = conservatism >> austerity >> deregulation >> inferior services >> no power >> leaving the public helpless and suffering.

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Now, see the sorry excuses:



Sound familiar? Trump-like? Lies? No productivity because inferior grid, because of deregulation, because of austerity, because of inferior governing:

Texas is the only state in the union that de-couples from the nationwide power grid, and goes it alone with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The Republican government of Texas is solely responsible for the losses and unreliability of Texas power. ERCOT is a membership-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature.

No heat because of no fossil fuels. Delivery for natural gas frozen. No electricity because no power generators. No water because no pumps, and inferior distribution facility freezing. People dying because burning alternative fuels indoors: automobiles; charcoal; propane...etc. Suspension of all vaccine activity. Hospitals exporting patients to other states. All because of austerity >> deregulation >> inferior services >> huge failure for the people of Texas >> illness and death.

In the next decade Texas will become a blue state. Note the difference when that happens. Cool


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Wind generated two thirds of all renewable electricity output in Scotland that is what i would consider significant 20% not so much
i would suspect the lubricant was a major factor in them freezing and while that is easily rectified  by replacing it with a lubricant better formulated to operate in low temperatures. in Texas i am not sure if that is an option as these ultra low temps are uncommon in Texas (at the moment) and doing so would mean you would have the opposite effect causing over heating

Like the Challenger disaster: they launched in sub-freezing temperatures >> froze the lubricant >> and the seals wouldn't seat = gasses blow-out in the joints, and voila: a major malfunction.

Austerity still caused the failure in Texas.  Yes, it was progressive of them to buy into wind energy.  But, owing to the need to lower costs, except if it's profit, they didn't insulate the generators, nor did they purchase de-icing blades...all of which caused them to fail.  They don't have this problem in Kansas or Alaska...why is that??

Again, it’s the deregulation mentality >> degrading the effort = failure...same as Deep Water Horizon, same as eliminating the Pandemic Response Team, and cutting back on the CDC/NIH by the Republicans.  Always remember that regulations = public protections!  It’s axiomatic: doing without protection, increases the risk.  Texans were not well protected by Republicans.

Good lesson to learn: austerity >> deregulation >> cheapening the product >> inevitable failure.


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Post by Korben Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:07 am

Ad i would add Gas is the major source of heating in Texas to my knowledge(perhaps Md can confirm this) not electricity as its expensive Dumping on wind is just a tactic climate deniers use to push the blame away from oil gas and coal its so ....predictable
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Post by Maddog Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:15 am

https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/ed-hirs-predicting-blackouts/


Here's a pretty good summation of the perfect storm, how we got here and how we get out of it.

Its really not that complicated. We need to pay slightly higher electric bills to keep the power on 1000 days out of a 1000 instead of 999 days out of a thousand.

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Post by Maddog Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:18 am

Korben wrote:Ad i would add Gas is the major source of heating in Texas to my knowledge(perhaps Md can confirm this) not electricity as its expensive Dumping on wind is just a tactic climate deniers use to push the blame away from oil gas and coal its so ....predictable

Gas drives power plants. Most of our homes are electric which is sorta weird. However, there was time before fracking that we were worried about gas shortages so we stopped running it to homes.

Now we can't hardly give the stuff away. .

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Post by Maddog Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:23 am

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i would suspect the lubricant was a major factor in them freezing and while that is easily rectified  by replacing it with a lubricant better formulated to operate in low temperatures. in Texas i am not sure if that is an option as these ultra low temps are uncommon in Texas (at the moment) and doing so would mean you would have the opposite effect causing over heating

Like the Challenger disaster: they launched in sub-freezing temperatures >> froze the lubricant >> and the seals wouldn't seat = gasses blow-out in the joints, and voila: a major malfunction.

Austerity still caused the failure in Texas.  Yes, it was progressive of them to buy into wind energy.  But, owing to the need to lower costs, except if it's profit, they didn't insulate the generators, nor did they purchase de-icing blades...all of which caused them to fail.  They don't have this problem in Kansas or Alaska...why is that??

Again, it’s the deregulation mentality >> degrading the effort = failure...same as Deep Water Horizon, same as eliminating the Pandemic Response Team, and cutting back on the CDC/NIH by the Republicans.  Always remember that regulations = public protections!  It’s axiomatic: doing without protection, increases the risk.  Texans were not well protected by Republicans.

Good lesson to learn: austerity >> deregulation >> cheapening the product >> inevitable failure.

It's a cost benefit analysis. Most entities dont spend money on things that they feel they will almost never use. Its why millions of people in the North don't have air conditioning and I don't own a pair of snowshoes or cross country skis.

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Post by Korben Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:23 am

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Yea i cant be doing with it Syl. even the link he supplied disputes his own premise 23% that of all energy in MWH comes from wind in Texas even if you add in the 2% solar that's still not a 3rd that's a quarter.when i went to school a quarter is smaller than a third  
his link from the "BBC" a sight he claims to hate points out "on average, renewable energy sources - mostly wind - account for about 20% of its electricity supply." in fact the very company Ercot  says  it expects only 7% to be provided by wind energy in a extreme winter weather event.

his opening point was "Texas relies heavily on wind turbines for their electricity power generation and the turbines" And that is simply not true His own link makes that point the second graphic i posted confirms and illustrates that  Although renewable energy sources did partially fail, they only contributed to 13 percent of the power outages,One of the major causes for the energy shortage has been the impact on natural gas, coal, and nuclear facilities.extreme cold is and increasing energy demand at the same time the energy generation.
Maddog was absolutely correct every form of energy failed to some degree, although i disagree with him on 20% being significant

significant means to me at least, sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy. noticeably or measurably large amount

obviously his only motive on this forum is to berate and abuse people especially the LW he disagrees with ,him and other like him are the reason people left this forum in the first place.
His very first post to me was an attack on my intelligence when i dared to point out an inaccurate statement and that has continued

Texas current emergency is a result of bad management by the republican government and as MD says under investment  coupled with the fact they decided to have  a stand-alone power grid that's deregulated  is why Texas is suffering Nothing to do with wind power Nothing at all

We've been stand alone almost 100 years.  Until this week, it performed at least as good as other regions and better than many that have far less erratic weather.  

We need to lower the threshold for temps about 10 degrees and make sure we have the ability to keep up with massive influxes of new residents. All of our infrastructure is being tested when utilities have to be provided to thousands of new residents daily.

Maybe we should ban folks from California for awhile.  Cool
I cant speak to the historical effectiveness with out further research Md so i am happy to take your word on this

Scotland is 0.11 times as big as Texas you have better weather for solar generation and lots of wide open space that could be used for wind/solar generation Scotland generates 2/3rds of its power from wind, but like you said Texas lacks investment. i think you could beat us Hands down in this technology and create thousands of jobs in the process from production,installation and maintenance of the equipment But as long as republicans are paid by the lobbying company's to use oil,coal you are stuck with a substandard network prone to failure in extreme weather


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Korben wrote:Ad i would add Gas is the major source of heating in Texas to my knowledge(perhaps Md can confirm this) not electricity as its expensive Dumping on wind is just a tactic climate deniers use to push the blame away from oil gas and coal its so ....predictable

Gas drives power plants. Most of our homes are electric which is sorta weird. However, there was time before fracking that we were worried about gas shortages so we stopped running it to homes.  

Now we can't hardly give the stuff away. .
Ok cheers for that
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Post by Maddog Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:27 am

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We've been stand alone almost 100 years.  Until this week, it performed at least as good as other regions and better than many that have far less erratic weather.  

We need to lower the threshold for temps about 10 degrees and make sure we have the ability to keep up with massive influxes of new residents. All of our infrastructure is being tested when utilities have to be provided to thousands of new residents daily.

Maybe we should ban folks from California for awhile.  Cool
I cant speak to the historical effectiveness with out further research Md so i am happy to take your word on this

Scotland is 0.11 times as big as Texas you have better weather for solar generation and lots of wide open space that could be used for wind generation Scotland generates 2/3rds of its power from wind, but like you said it lacks investment. i think you could beat us Hands down in this technology and create thousands of jobs in the process from production,installation and maintenance of the equipment But as long as republicans are paid by the lobbying company's to use oil,coal you are stuck with a substandard network prone to failure in extreme weather  

Almost anything can be accomplished, if you can get people to pay for it.

There are people that live off of the grid here. But the cost is prohibitive.

We have a lot of folks with solar panels on their roofs. That right there is 20 grand or so after the taxpayer subsidies it.

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Post by Korben Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:38 am

Maddog wrote:https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/ed-hirs-predicting-blackouts/


Here's a pretty good summation of the perfect storm, how we got here and how we get out of it.  

Its really not that complicated.  We need to pay slightly higher electric bills to keep the power on 1000 days out of a 1000 instead of 999 days out of a thousand.  
Very interesting with some excellent quotable information

"look in the mirror you dumb bastards" made me chuckle
Jaw dropped when i read "availability is based on estimates, and when those estimates go wrong, that’s when you get companies charging $9 per kilowatt hour"

Cheers for that
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Post by Original Quill Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:40 am

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Like the Challenger disaster: they launched in sub-freezing temperatures >> froze the lubricant >> and the seals wouldn't seat = gasses blow-out in the joints, and voila: a major malfunction.

Austerity still caused the failure in Texas.  Yes, it was progressive of them to buy into wind energy.  But, owing to the need to lower costs, except if it's profit, they didn't insulate the generators, nor did they purchase de-icing blades...all of which caused them to fail.  They don't have this problem in Kansas or Alaska...why is that??

Again, it’s the deregulation mentality >> degrading the effort = failure...same as Deep Water Horizon, same as eliminating the Pandemic Response Team, and cutting back on the CDC/NIH by the Republicans.  Always remember that regulations = public protections!  It’s axiomatic: doing without protection, increases the risk.  Texans were not well protected by Republicans.

Good lesson to learn: austerity >> deregulation >> cheapening the product >> inevitable failure.

It's a cost benefit analysis. Most entities dont spend money on things that they feel they will almost never use.  Its why millions of people in the North don't have air conditioning and I don't own a pair of snowshoes or cross country skis.  

It's about universal standards.  Just like taking precautions in off-shore drilling, you should have minimum standards for electricity.  By opting out of the national grid, Texas was able to avoid the standards set up by the Federal Power Commission.  As a result, they developed standards that are inferior to the national grade.

It's like the national standard is "breaker outlets" for plugging in appliances.  If the national standard is breaker-outlets, and Texas develops its own standard of non-breaker outlets, you can bet some child in Texas will be electrocuted because she poked a knife into the outlet.

Standards are there for safety; when you start down a course of deregulation, you start minimizing safety precautions.  Regulations = public protections.


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I cant speak to the historical effectiveness with out further research Md so i am happy to take your word on this

Scotland is 0.11 times as big as Texas you have better weather for solar generation and lots of wide open space that could be used for wind generation Scotland generates 2/3rds of its power from wind, but like you said it lacks investment. i think you could beat us Hands down in this technology and create thousands of jobs in the process from production,installation and maintenance of the equipment But as long as republicans are paid by the lobbying company's to use oil,coal you are stuck with a substandard network prone to failure in extreme weather  

Almost anything can be accomplished, if you can get people to pay for it.  

There are people that live off of the grid here. But the cost is prohibitive.  

We have a lot of folks with solar panels on their roofs. That right there is 20 grand or so after the taxpayer subsidies it.
20 grand for solar panels  after the taxpayer subsidies wow
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they cost me nothing and where installed by the housing association on all houses in my street they the get the feed in and generation tariffs i get the free electricity  The price of a typical solar panel system is about £4,800 .in london some councils are installing them for free to combat fuel poverty
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Post by Korben Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:53 am

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I cant speak to the historical effectiveness with out further research Md so i am happy to take your word on this

Scotland is 0.11 times as big as Texas you have better weather for solar generation and lots of wide open space that could be used for wind generation Scotland generates 2/3rds of its power from wind, but like you said it lacks investment. i think you could beat us Hands down in this technology and create thousands of jobs in the process from production,installation and maintenance of the equipment But as long as republicans are paid by the lobbying company's to use oil,coal you are stuck with a substandard network prone to failure in extreme weather  

Almost anything can be accomplished, if you can get people to pay for it.  

There are people that live off of the grid here. But the cost is prohibitive.  

We have a lot of folks with solar panels on their roofs. That right there is 20 grand or so after the taxpayer subsidies it.
Pay for it now ,or pay more later with higher insurance ,deaths ect
i always believed its better to have it and not need it .Than need it and not have it
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Post by Maddog Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:10 am

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Almost anything can be accomplished, if you can get people to pay for it.  

There are people that live off of the grid here. But the cost is prohibitive.  

We have a lot of folks with solar panels on their roofs. That right there is 20 grand or so after the taxpayer subsidies it.
Pay for it now ,or pay more later  with higher insurance ,deaths ect
i always believed its better to have it and not need it .Than need it and not have it

That's true to a degree. Do you have air conditioning to get you through 100 degree temps?

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Post by Maddog Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:11 am

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Almost anything can be accomplished, if you can get people to pay for it.  

There are people that live off of the grid here. But the cost is prohibitive.  

We have a lot of folks with solar panels on their roofs. That right there is 20 grand or so after the taxpayer subsidies it.
20 grand for solar panels  after the taxpayer subsidies wow
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they cost me nothing and where installed by the housing association on all houses in my street they the get the feed in and generation tariffs i get the free electricity  The price of a typical solar panel system is about £4,800 .in london some councils are installing them for free to combat fuel poverty

You are paying for them.

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Post by Korben Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:18 am

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20 grand for solar panels  after the taxpayer subsidies wow
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they cost me nothing and where installed by the housing association on all houses in my street they the get the feed in and generation tariffs i get the free electricity  The price of a typical solar panel system is about £4,800 .in london some councils are installing them for free to combat fuel poverty

You are paying for them.
pretty sure i am not MD
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Post by Korben Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:19 am

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Pay for it now ,or pay more later  with higher insurance ,deaths ect
i always believed its better to have it and not need it .Than need it and not have it

That's true to a degree. Do you have air conditioning to get you through 100 degree temps?
No  air conditioning  is not really a thing in the uk
edit also my room is Hot 27.1c at the moment and that's pretty typical for me i dont do the cold very well,i also dont really sweat at all ,i would love it in Texas in the summer


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That's true to a degree. Do you have air conditioning to get you through 100 degree temps?
No  air conditioning  is not really a thing in the uk

And snow isn't really a thing in Houston Texas.

At least it didn't used to be.

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No  air conditioning  is not really a thing in the uk

And snow isn't really a thing in Houston Texas.  

At least it didn't used to be.  
LOL we say in Scotland. if you dont like the weather ...wait 5 mins snow, rain, sleet, heat, wind  we can see that in one day here we had two feet of snow last week and bitterly cold ,today not a flake to be seen where i live ,wet and .10.7c today
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Post by Maddog Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:29 am

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And snow isn't really a thing in Houston Texas.  

At least it didn't used to be.  
LOL we say in Scotland. if you dont like the weather ...wait 5 mins snow, rain, sleet, heat, wind  we can see that in one day here wee had two feet of snow last week and bitterly cold ,today not a flake to be seen where i live ,wet and .10.7c today

We say that here too. We can have snow in parts of Texas and 100 degree days a few weeks later.

Plus we have a lot if different weather at the same time across the state. 70 degree differences are not that uncommon. It can be snowing in Amarillo while folks are laying on the beach in Brownsville.

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LOL we say in Scotland. if you dont like the weather ...wait 5 mins snow, rain, sleet, heat, wind  we can see that in one day here wee had two feet of snow last week and bitterly cold ,today not a flake to be seen where i live ,wet and .10.7c today

We say that here too.  We can have snow in parts of Texas and 100 degree days a few weeks later.  

Plus we have a lot if different weather at the same time across the state. 70 degree differences are not that uncommon. It can be snowing in Amarillo while folks are laying on the beach in Brownsville.
Big state crosses lots of lines of Latitude
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Post by Maddog Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:41 am

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We say that here too.  We can have snow in parts of Texas and 100 degree days a few weeks later.  

Plus we have a lot if different weather at the same time across the state. 70 degree differences are not that uncommon. It can be snowing in Amarillo while folks are laying on the beach in Brownsville.
Big state crosses lots of lines of Latitude

Which is why our grid usually held up pretty good. These winter storms didn't plunge all of the way into Mexico. Gulf Coast energy production could bail out the rest of the state.

It's like having a grid that includes Denmark and Greece. You don't expect Greece to freeze.

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Post by Korben Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:53 pm

Why wind turbines thrive in Antarctica and places way colder than Texas

seemingly not lubricant freezing

https://mashable.com/article/wind-turbines-texas/?europe=true&fbclid=IwAR1sOfpb6Gqjg1zpcIGPUtb8ueTzEsrLlVZA6HXDuh4Ml_UCZzZGZhO3GOk
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Korben wrote:Why wind turbines thrive in Antarctica and places way colder than Texas

seemingly not lubricant freezing

https://mashable.com/article/wind-turbines-texas/?europe=true&fbclid=IwAR1sOfpb6Gqjg1zpcIGPUtb8ueTzEsrLlVZA6HXDuh4Ml_UCZzZGZhO3GOk

Yes, we have a confluence of moist gulf air with frigid polar air. We also have problems with ice on trees and power lines, which leads to power lines coming down.

We have what folks call a damp cold. If you have been here and say Colorado at 30° you can feel the difference.

The big problem with turbines is that you can't store their energy yet. They are fine as a compliment to the grid, but if they become to big of a component you have issues under a heavy load. You can't crank them up for more power like you can a gas powered plant (assuming it has gas). This means energy producers have to have more capacity, sitting around, that will almost never be used. Someone has to pay for that.

Someone has to pay for the snow shoes in Houston or the air conditioning in Glasgow for that one day out of a 1000 they are needed.

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Korben wrote:Why wind turbines thrive in Antarctica and places way colder than Texas

seemingly not lubricant freezing

https://mashable.com/article/wind-turbines-texas/?europe=true&fbclid=IwAR1sOfpb6Gqjg1zpcIGPUtb8ueTzEsrLlVZA6HXDuh4Ml_UCZzZGZhO3GOk

Yes, we have a confluence of moist gulf air with frigid polar air. We also have problems with ice on trees and power lines, which leads to power lines coming down.  

We have what folks call a damp cold. If you have been here and say Colorado at 30° you can feel the difference.  

The big problem with turbines is that you can't store their energy yet. They are fine as a compliment to the grid, but if they become to big of a component you have issues under a heavy load.  You can't crank them up for more power like you can a gas powered plant (assuming it has gas).  This means energy producers have to have more capacity, sitting around, that will almost never be used.  Someone has to pay for that.

Someone has to pay for the snow shoes in Houston or the air conditioning in Glasgow for that one day out of a 1000 they are needed.  

"Someone has to pay for that. "

indeed that's why we sell our excess to the national grid
But as i understand with Texas being a independent and separate grid Texas dont/cant do that.it seems pretty dumb
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Yes, we have a confluence of moist gulf air with frigid polar air. We also have problems with ice on trees and power lines, which leads to power lines coming down.  

We have what folks call a damp cold. If you have been here and say Colorado at 30° you can feel the difference.  

The big problem with turbines is that you can't store their energy yet. They are fine as a compliment to the grid, but if they become to big of a component you have issues under a heavy load.  You can't crank them up for more power like you can a gas powered plant (assuming it has gas).  This means energy producers have to have more capacity, sitting around, that will almost never be used.  Someone has to pay for that.

Someone has to pay for the snow shoes in Houston or the air conditioning in Glasgow for that one day out of a 1000 they are needed.  

"Someone has to pay for that. "

indeed that's why we sell our excess to the national grid
But as i understand with Texas being a independent and separate grid Texas dont/cant do that.it seems pretty dumb

I think we can sell it, we just can't buy it but I may be wrong. I also think we have a deal with Mexico, although that can get problematic when both sides are running low. We stop sharing.

We like our independence around here.

Scots should understand that with their relationship with the English as do Brits with their former relationship with the EU. There are pros and cons to being in charge of your own affairs.

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Lowering standards because, incrementally, there is a low probability that disaster will come, is like the dinosaurs failing to take out asteroid insurance...because, how likely is that???   TEXAS..an exercise in the failure of conservatism - Page 2 2190311264

Catastrophic or incremental, it still ruins your day.

It's still cascading. No clean water anywhere. I heard on the news that some folks are getting electric bills of $17,000 for four days worth of power...ah, the wonders of capitalism. Rolling Eyes

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Original Quill wrote:Lowering standards because, incrementally, there is a low probability that disaster will come, is like the dinosaurs failing to take out asteroid insurance...because, how likely is that???   TEXAS..an exercise in the failure of conservatism - Page 2 2190311264

Catastrophic or incremental, it still ruins your day.

It's still cascading.  No clean water anywhere.  I heard on the news that some folks are getting electric bills of $17,000 for four days worth of power...ah, the wonders of capitalism.  Rolling Eyes

Do you have asteroid insurance?.

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"Someone has to pay for that. "

indeed that's why we sell our excess to the national grid
But as i understand with Texas being a independent and separate grid Texas dont/cant do that.it seems pretty dumb

I think we can sell it, we just can't buy it but I may be wrong. I also think we have a deal with Mexico, although that can get problematic when both sides are running low. We stop sharing.  

We like our independence around here.

Scots should understand that with their relationship with the English as do Brits with their former relationship with the EU.  There are pros and cons to being in charge of your own affairs.  
The national grid in the Uk is owned by investors rather than the government as far as i know Although there is government regulation

the breakup of the Central Electricity Generating Board in 1990, the ownership and operation of the National Grid in England and Wales passed to National Grid Company plc, later to become National Grid Transco, and now National Grid plc. In Scotland the grid was already split into two separate entities, one for southern and central Scotland and the other for northern Scotland, with interconnectors. The first is owned and maintained by SP Energy Networks, a subsidiary of Scottish Power, and the other by SSE

So our relationship with England is not a factor
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I think we can sell it, we just can't buy it but I may be wrong. I also think we have a deal with Mexico, although that can get problematic when both sides are running low. We stop sharing.  

We like our independence around here.

Scots should understand that with their relationship with the English as do Brits with their former relationship with the EU.  There are pros and cons to being in charge of your own affairs.  
The national grid in the Uk is owned by investors rather than the government as far as i know Although there is government regulation

the breakup of the Central Electricity Generating Board in 1990, the ownership and operation of the National Grid in England and Wales passed to National Grid Company plc, later to become National Grid Transco, and now National Grid plc. In Scotland the grid was already split into two separate entities, one for southern and central Scotland and the other for northern Scotland, with interconnectors. The first is owned and maintained by SP Energy Networks, a subsidiary of Scottish Power, and the other by SSE

So our relationship with England is not a factor

I'm talking about relationships in general. Once you enter one, you lose independence. Whether its a marriage, membership in the EU or being part of a power grid.

Texas has chosen independence.

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Korben wrote:
The national grid in the Uk is owned by investors rather than the government as far as i know Although there is government regulation

the breakup of the Central Electricity Generating Board in 1990, the ownership and operation of the National Grid in England and Wales passed to National Grid Company plc, later to become National Grid Transco, and now National Grid plc. In Scotland the grid was already split into two separate entities, one for southern and central Scotland and the other for northern Scotland, with interconnectors. The first is owned and maintained by SP Energy Networks, a subsidiary of Scottish Power, and the other by SSE

So our relationship with England is not a factor

I'm talking about relationships in general. Once you enter one, you lose independence. Whether its a marriage, membership in the EU or being part of a power grid.  

Texas has chosen independence.  
Ah Yes out relationship is complicated as all are, most Scots today (about 51% )want a divorce many don't unfortunately its not our choice (as a country) we are trapped by technically needing England permission to even vote on it,which is ridiculous as the uk did not need "permission" to vote on leaving the EU from the EU (something we did not want to do by a good margin)

its odd because We have been told for years we cant survive on our own and that England subsidies us yet the opposite is the truth we subsidies England as many reports have pointed out
Our view is is we are such a "burden" why would they not want to let us go independent, its certainly not because of the altruistic nature of Westminster

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Maddog wrote:Texas has chosen independence.

And it will be paying for it for decades, if not more. How's that for incrementalism?

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https://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/2021/02/21/texas-electric-bargain-a-deregulated-market-brought-fast-growth-big-investments-and-cheap-rates/


This explains the upside of remaining independent.

We produce the most energy, and have some of the cheapest energy. Its allowed us to keep up with the massive economic and population growth in this state.

The downside is we can't handle N. Dakota weather for 4 days. But unlike say California, rolling blackouts are very rare here and never happen with typical weather.

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I know. It's the dinosaur theory: asteroids don't come very often.

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Original Quill wrote:I know.  It's the dinosaur theory: asteroids don't come very often.

Do you have insurance for them?

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Five members of the Board of Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), have resigned. While this is an important step, it's a form of scapegoating...sidestepping the real issue.

ERCOT itself is a reflection of deregulation...trying to conserve shekels, while flying in the face of disaster. Well, disaster won, and Texas is paying the price for it. One guy, Scott Willoughby, got a bill for $17,000 for four days’ worth of service. A quadriplegic Texas man, hit with a $3,000 power bill, said “I don’t know how I’m gonna pay this”. How's that for your saved shekels?

The company explained wholesale prices shot up because the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) took control of the ERCOT, which operates the state’s power grid, Monday and raised the wholesale price to $9 per kilowatt-hour at least until the grid could manage the demand caused by the winter storm.

So, all in the name of privatization and deregulation, as the song says: the rich get richer while the poor have children! Oh, the capitalists are doing just fine. As the fourth (and unnecessary) mouth to be fed, they demand the biggest share...and first bite.

Stay tuned…

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Original Quill wrote:Five members of the Board of Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), have resigned.  While this is an important step, it's a form of scapegoating...sidestepping the real issue.

ERCOT itself is a reflection of deregulation...trying to conserve shekels, while flying in the face of disaster.  Well, disaster won, and Texas is paying the price for it.  One guy, Scott Willoughby, got a bill for $17,000 for four days’ worth of service.  A quadriplegic Texas man, hit with a $3,000 power bill, said “I don’t know how I’m gonna pay this”.  How's that for your saved shekels?

The company explained wholesale prices shot up because the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) took control of the ERCOT, which operates the state’s power grid, Monday and raised the wholesale price to $9 per kilowatt-hour at least until the grid could manage the demand caused by the winter storm.

So, all in the name of privatization and deregulation, as the song says: the rich get richer while the poor have children!  Oh, the capitalists are doing just fine.  As the fourth (and unnecessary) mouth to be fed, they demand the biggest share...and first bite.

Stay tuned…

Yeah, they don't live here, which is fine be me.

What.we really need is water mains fixed. Thousands of them froze and broke all over the state. And the agriculture sector took a huge hit.

We're good besides that and the influx of Californians will continue.

Summers coming. Get ready for your rolling blackouts.

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Original Quill wrote:Five members of the Board of Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), have resigned.  While this is an important step, it's a form of scapegoating...sidestepping the real issue.

ERCOT itself is a reflection of deregulation...trying to conserve shekels, while flying in the face of disaster.  Well, disaster won, and Texas is paying the price for it.  One guy, Scott Willoughby, got a bill for $17,000 for four days’ worth of service.  A quadriplegic Texas man, hit with a $3,000 power bill, said “I don’t know how I’m gonna pay this”.  How's that for your saved shekels?

The company explained wholesale prices shot up because the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) took control of the ERCOT, which operates the state’s power grid, Monday and raised the wholesale price to $9 per kilowatt-hour at least until the grid could manage the demand caused by the winter storm.

So, all in the name of privatization and deregulation, as the song says: the rich get richer while the poor have children!  Oh, the capitalists are doing just fine.  As the fourth (and unnecessary) mouth to be fed, they demand the biggest share...and first bite.

Stay tuned…

Yeah, they don't live here, which is fine be me.  

What.we really need is water mains fixed. Thousands of them froze and broke all over the state.  And the agriculture sector took a huge hit.

It's no surprise to me that the ERCOT board members don't live in Texas. Capitalists rarely live where they crap. They buy estates in northern Italy, or the Cayman Islands, to take advantage of tax laws, and make sure their own pipes don’t break, etc.

As far as water mains are concerned, denial is what got Texans into trouble. The water mains broke because of inferior materials and lack of insulation. In other words: deregulation >> lower standards >> disaster.

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Yeah, they don't live here, which is fine be me.  

What.we really need is water mains fixed. Thousands of them froze and broke all over the state.  And the agriculture sector took a huge hit.

It's no surprise to me that the ERCOT board members don't live in Texas.  Capitalists rarely live where they crap.  They buy estates in northern Italy, or the Cayman Islands, to take advantage of tax laws, and make sure their own pipes don’t break, etc.  

As far as water mains are concerned, denial is what got Texans into trouble.  The water mains broke because of inferior materials and lack of insulation.  In other words: deregulation >> lower standards >> disaster.

Who owns the water mains?

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Maddog wrote:Who owns the water mains?

"Owns" is an ambiguous, perhaps irrelevant concept. The real question is, Who governs the water mains? All public and private utilities are governed by regulations, which are public protections set up to provide safety to the public.

Sometimes regulations interfere with profit. In backward regions, they will forego public protection for profit...to their own peril. That's what happened in Texas.

That's what happens every time that austerity, or deregulation is given a premium over regulations, or public protections. What happened in Texas is an excellent case-in-point.

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Maddog wrote:Who owns the water mains?

"Owns" is an ambiguous, perhaps irrelevant concept.  The real question is, Who governs the water mains?  All public and private utilities are governed by regulations, which are public protections set up to provide safety to the public.

Sometimes regulations interfere with profit.  In backward regions, they will forego public protection for profit...to their own peril.  That's what happened in Texas.

That's what happens every time that austerity, or deregulation is given a premium over regulations, or public protections.  What happened in Texas is an excellent case-in-point.

You could have have just said you didn't know.

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"Owns" is an ambiguous, perhaps irrelevant concept.  The real question is, Who governs the water mains?  All public and private utilities are governed by regulations, which are public protections set up to provide safety to the public.

Sometimes regulations interfere with profit.  In backward regions, they will forego public protection for profit...to their own peril.  That's what happened in Texas.

That's what happens every time that austerity, or deregulation is given a premium over regulations, or public protections.  What happened in Texas is an excellent case-in-point.

You could have have just said you didn't know.  

Why give the WRONG answer, when a more thorough answer will do.

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You could have have just said you didn't know.  

Why give the WRONG answer, when a more thorough answer will do.

Just answer the question.

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Why give the WRONG answer, when a more thorough answer will do.

Just answer the question.

Your authoritarianism is noted...as is your attempt to mislead others. However, it is my answer.

So far, it's a free country. So my answer will stand. Wink

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Maddog wrote:"Success in question-dodging entails listeners being less likely to recall the question asked of a speaker when the speaker answers a different question than when the speaker answers the actual question ... A dodge is detected, on the other hand, when listeners recall the actual question asked despite the speaker's effort to dodge it by answering a similar question."

Questions do as much dodging as answers. Asking an irrelevant question is a sure track off the subject.

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Just answer the question.

Your authoritarianism is noted...as is your attempt to mislead others.  However, it is my answer.

So far, it's a free country.  So my answer will stand.  Wink

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Your authoritarianism is noted...as is your attempt to mislead others.  However, it is my answer.

So far, it's a free country.  So my answer will stand.  Wink

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is it a "free country" ? because they seem to be some even perhaps a lot of exceptions to that freedom
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is it a "free country" ? because they seem to be some even perhaps a lot of exceptions to that freedom

Free-ish

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Korben wrote:
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is it a "free country" ? because they seem to be some even perhaps a lot of exceptions to that freedom

That is a normative statement, not an empirical one. In other words, it says: it is supposed to be a free country, and I challenge you to tell us why this particular action is disallowed. It is used whenever someone gets all authoritarian-like.

One uses the 'free country' response whenever someone starts making up rules, as Red does. He wants short answers to his questions, but what he is really doing is attempting to censor the answers to his questions.

There are many advantages to asking questions, one of which is the interrogator gets to frame the issue. If I ask Red, when did you stop beating your wife?, I am doing two things: 1) presuming the frame, that he does beat his wife; and 2) I ask when he stopped. If the respondent's answer involves pointing out that the question wrongfully assumes that he does beat his wife (reframes the issue), it takes a longer answer to point that out. Red doesn't want that, so he rails against long answers.

By pretending intolerance of long answers, what Red is really doing is trying to censor out the reframing. He doesn't like being called out. Hence, the response is: it's a free country...which says I own my answer, thank you...I'll say what I want.

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is it a "free country" ? because they seem to be some even perhaps a lot of exceptions to that freedom

That is a normative statement, not an empirical one.  In other words, it says: it is supposed to be a free country, and I challenge you to tell us why this particular action is disallowed.  It is used whenever someone gets all authoritarian-like.

One uses the 'free country' response whenever someone starts making up rules, as Red does.  He wants short answers to his questions, but what he is really doing is attempting to censor the answers to his questions.

There are many advantages to asking questions, one of which is the interrogator gets to frame the issue.  If I ask Red, when did you stop beating your wife?, I am doing two things: 1) presuming the frame, that he does beat his wife; and 2) I ask when he stopped.  If the respondent's answer involves pointing out that the question wrongfully assumes that he does beat his wife (reframes the issue), it takes a longer answer to point that out.  Red doesn't want that, so he rails against long answers.

By pretending intolerance of long answers, what Red is really doing is trying to censor out the reframing.  He doesn't like being called out.  Hence, the response is: it's a free country...which says I own my answer, thank you...I'll say what I want.

You're a fucking bore parading around like some kind of an intellectual.

I don't mind long answers that say something relevant.

You just have diarrhea of the mouth.

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