The state of Texas is currently suffering through a historic winter storm, but former Texas governor Rick Perry suggests that going days without power is a sacrifice Texans should be willing to make if it means keeping federal regulators out of the state’s power grid. Perry, who was Donald Trump’s Energy Secretary, blamed the rolling blackouts on the rise of wind and solar energy in Texas.
Run by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, the grid occupies a unique distinction in the United States in that it does not cross state lines and thus is not under the oversight of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
That system has fallen under scrutiny in recent days as millions of Texans are left without power following days of severely frigid temperatures that are uncommon for that region. Following a nearly identical storm almost a decade ago, federal regulators warned Texas it needed to take steps to better insulate its power plants. But in a blog posted on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s website, Perry is quoted responding to the claim that “those watching on the left may see the situation in Texas as an opportunity to expand their top-down, radical proposals.”
So here’s an interesting twist on Rick Perry’s “Texans prefer this to federal regulations” bullshit.
South Texas is running out of food. Stores are nearly empty of staples like milk, water, and eggs and restaurants aren’t getting resupplied. Trucks are stuck up north.
— The Cabin in Pete Woods (@thatpetewoods) February 18, 2021
Perry’s argument has been made by numerous conservatives in the midst of the blackouts, but it doesn’t track with early reports which indicated that the majority of the lost generation was natural gas plants and not wind turbines, which actually performed better than grid regulators had anticipated.
People in Texas have no power because Rick Perry and repugnant Republicans like him have abused their power for decades. It’s time for change in Texas.
— Brad Beauregard Jr 🇺🇸 (@BradBeauregardJ) February 17, 2021
At least 10 people in Texas have died in weather-related incidents since Sunday.