Texas Freeze – the facts

They say the only salt and ice you get in Texas is for Margaritas.

This is a summary of the power shortage experienced during the big freeze by Rep Dan Crenshaw of Texas:

With blackouts across Texas, many are wondering: what happened?

Leftists are cheering a “red state” having energy problems.

Here’s the truth about what happened.


A mix of over-subsidized wind energy and under-investment in gas power means we didn’t have enough base load energy for a massive spike in demand.

Also, Texas infrastructure isn’t designed for once-in-a-century freezes.

#1 – Frozen Wind Turbines:

West Texas had wind turbines that had to be de-iced. The little energy that power regulators planned on being supplied from wind was now gone.

We have almost 31GW of wind installed on the grid, but on Monday we couldn’t even depend on 6 GW working.

To make matters worse, existing storage of wind energy in batteries was also gone, because batteries were losing 60% of their energy in the cold.

Bottom line: renewables don’t work well in extreme weather. Never will.

This is what happens when you force the grid to rely in part on wind as a power source. When weather conditions get bad as they did this week, intermittent renewable energy like wind isn’t there when you need it. https://www.forbes.com/sites/salgilbertie/2021/02/15/texas-outages-put-reliability-of-renewable-energy-in-the-spotlight/

#2 – Nuclear also got too cold:

We only have 4 nuclear units in TX, near Houston and Dallas. One of the reactors near Houston turned off due to a safety sensor freezing. No problem with the reactor. But the lack of the sensor forced the plant to shutdown, as a precaution.

(On another note, this shows how safe nuclear is. Lots of safety precautions.)

#3 – We don’t have enough Natural Gas online:

ERCOT planned on 67GW from natural gas/coal, but could only get 43GW of it online. We didn’t run out of natural gas, but we lost the ability to get it transported. Pipelines in Texas don’t use cold insulation – so they froze.

Every natural gas plant stayed online. The “downed” plants were due to scheduled maintenance.

Gov. Abbott made the right call in diverting all natural gas to home heating fuel and then electricity for homes. Gas and coal brought a stable supply of energy, but still not enough.

Why don’t we have extra gas power when we need it most?

Because years of federal subsidies for wind has caused an over reliance on wind and an under-investment in new gas and nuclear plants.

Bottom line: fossil fuels are the only thing that saved us. They are *base load* energy.

If we were even *more* reliant on the wind turbines that froze, the outages would have been much worse.

This raises the obvious question: can we ever rely on renewables to power the grid during extreme weather?

No, you need gas or nuclear.

And subsidizing investment in wind has pushed gas and nuclear out.

Now we live with the consequences.

The push to decommission baseload power sources like natural gas would be disastrous when trying to keep the lights on in Texas.

Pelosi ignores rules she set for others in Congress

Ever since the Jan 6 Capitol riot, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has demanded that all members entering the House chamber must go through security – including metal detectors – or face a $5,000 fine.

Pelosi ignored the very rules she set for everyone else hence demands for her to pay the fine others are forced to.

Haircuts, masks or security protocols. She is above all.

As Rep Dan Crenshaw said,

As usual, rules for thee but not for me. Ever since Jan 6th, Pelosi has emplaced security checkpoints at every entrance to the House Floor, DESPITE the fact that only members and certain staff are allowed inside at all. So let me get this straight, you’re protecting members from fellow members, but only when on the House Floor? What sense does that make?

It doesn’t, and Pelosi agrees because she doesn’t even follow her own rules. It is worth noting that this frivolous metal detector policy really reflects the frivolous nature of all liberal policies: virtue signaling without any regard for effectiveness.”

WaPo opinion writer suggests Walter Reed be defunded after Trump’s visit

Never Trumper and WaPo opinion writer, Jennifer Rubin, went off the deep end suggesting that Walter Reed military hospital should be defunded by Congress given Trump’s short stay. Never mind the countless brave souls that defended the very freedoms she thrives under also require medical attention.

Maybe Rubin should bus wounded vets to Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco where they can find a bit of pavement to sleep on because liberal policies have shown themselves so successful there.

Isn’t it wonderful to see such balanced individuals on the left demand anything they disagree with to be defunded – police, military hospitals or ICE…just cut it. After all the Democrats are the party of compassion, empathy and sympathy you understand!

Former Navy SEAL, Congressman Dan Crenshaw, suggested she take a break from Twitter given Trump’s visit triggered her so badly.

What Rubin fails to realize is that publicly exposing her chronic Trump Derangement Syndrome doesn’t help convince people that she offers a voice of reason. Still, keep up the good work!

Aussie media compilation of vicious lefty tweets wishing Trump harm

There have been so many deranged tweets posted by the left since Trump announced he and FLOTUS had coronavirus that Australian TV programme, Outsiders, took 20 minutes to compile them all. Video here.

Worth watching exactly why these people make the soundest argument as to why they can never be seen as a credible alternative.

We though the Left was the group that was all for compassion, empathy and sympathy? Thank God for Twitter for allowing them a platform to show their derangement.

Nancy Pelosi’s imagination vs Portland Police report

Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi knows one never to waste a crisis. She described the Portland Police actions to quell violent protestors in a tweet as:

“Unidentified stormtroopers. Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protestors and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti…These are not the actions of a democratic republic.

@DHSgov’s actions in Portland undermine its mission.

Trump & his stormtroopers must be stopped.”

At least Pelosi provided yet another example of her zero commitment to law and order and her ability to conjure up lies against law enforcement officers.

Here is what they were arrested for:

Portland Police booked these people into jail following their arrest:

23 year old Tupac L. Leahy: Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer

24 year old Alexandra Eutin: Assaulting a Public Safety Officer

27 year old Timothy P. Rasmussin: Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer

27 year old Austin D. Zetting: Disorderly Cond Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Criminal Trespass II

41 year old Andria L. Wirthlin: Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer

27 year old Alexa Grafera: Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer

29 year old Samantha B. Hancock: Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Criminal Trespass II

30 year old Sara Rider: Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer

24 year old David Masterson: Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Criminal Trespass II

36 year old Robert C. Erickson: Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer

26 year old Gabriel Penk: Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Criminal Trespass II

31 year old Timothy Swales: Interfering with a Peace Officer, Reckless Endangering, Elude (Vehicle), Elude (Foot), Reckless Driving, Hit and Run

30 year old Michael Joseph Dickerson: Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer

25 year old Emma G. Boster: Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resist Arrest

35 year old Christopher Price: Interfering with a Peace Officer, Criminal Trespass II

31 year old Andrew D. Jankowski: Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer

34 year old David M. Cole: Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Criminal Trespass II

30 year old Sean Jacobsen: Interfering with a Peace Officer

23 year old Aaron Carson: Disorderly Conduct II

23 year old John Alger: Interfering with a Peace Officer

In the evening hours of Thursday, July 16, 2020, a group of a couple hundred people gathered at Laurelhurst Park in Southeast Portland. A separate group of a couple hundred people gathered in downtown Portland near the Justice Center.

Around 8:20 p.m…they gathered on East Burnside Street blocking all lanes of traffic. For about an hour, the group shined flashlights and lasers at officers standing outside the precinct. The group was asked by the sound truck to stay peaceful.

At around 9:52 p.m., the group began making statements about wanting to enter Southeast Precinct and burn down the property. The group was admonished by the sound truck and told not to enter the property or they would be subject to arrest or use of force. The group continued to stand in the street and started a small fire on East Burnside Street. Other members of the group disregarded the messages given by the sound truck and crossed on to Southeast Precinct property.

…After removing the fence, the group began using it to block traffic. Officers arrived at Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest Salmon Street in an attempt to fix the fence. While officers did this, the group threw full bottles at officers. After fixing the fence, officers disengaged the crowd.

By 11:15 p.m., the crowd outside of Southeast Precinct shined lasers at officers… At 11:45 p.m., an unlawful assembly was declared due to several people in the crowd committing criminal activity. The criminal activity consisted of throwing rocks, bottles, and sticks, as well as pointing green lasers at officers. The group was asked to leave the area and move to the south and the west.

At 11:55 p.m., much of the group had not left the area despite warnings and officers began to disperse the crowd. While dispersing the group, a vehicle associated with the group drove up behind officers, narrowly missing officers on foot and causing an extremely dangerous situation...

At 12:45 a.m…Most of the group who had returned to Southeast Precinct continued to stand on East Burnside Street blocking all lanes of traffic despite all the warnings. Officers once again began to disperse the crowd and made several arrests.

No CS gas was used by Portland Police Bureau.”

So never mind the repeated warnings to remain peaceful. Play silly games win silly prizes.

Graffiti? Peloai lied. Democrats once again openly accept mob violence, while disparaging law enforcement as “stormtroopers.”

Is it any wonder all the police unions, representing 900,000 members are saying they’ll endorse Trump?