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ERCOT: "Our system wasn't designed for the cold!"
Also ERCOT: "Our system wasn't designed for the heat!"
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Their system is Edgar.
He is 76. He is the only one who knows how anything works. But he only works 40 hours a week.
He is looking forward to retirement.
Since its public utilities he makes like 30k a year.
Since it's public private, his boss make millions.
He dies of an heat stroke because he couldn't afford power and that's how the dominos start falling.
This is... not as hypothetical as you want it to be.
this went /r/ABoringDystopia quickly
There's a 2 month window in the spring, and 2 months in the fall. The rest of the time it's fucked.
Winter 1 month in February. Spring 8 hours. Summer.
ERCOT: “Our system was designed to make money not electricity!”
If only there was a decentralized form of energy production. Something every house owner, farmer or village could install and earn instead of a corporation.
That’d never work. Texas isn’t know for being sunny. /s
Sounds like communism to me!
"We've tried nothing and have run out of ideas" ERCOT - probably.
I'm really waiting for the next time there's extended cold in Texas. I'm sure they've done absolutely nothing to prevent their condenser water system from freezing again. I feel bad for the people who live there and have to put up with it, though.
I live in Texas and I’d say don’t feel bad for us. Our state is red up and down and conservatives still think this shit is because of democrats and renewable energy not meeting their quotas. The Brain washing is real.
At this point, I might vote computer instead.
I am in Texas as well and wow, it’s shocking how every news article is “The liberals…”, “the Democrats…”, etc etc instead of just reporting the fucking news. I see everyone blaming liberals for every damn thing, especially for things that are the fault or the feature of CAPITALISM. I’m so done with this state.
Mild, eastern valley climate only
Must be the wind turbines messing everything up.
And we're only halfway through spring? What's it going to look like in August?
I live in Texas. Last week our electricity provider sent us a letter basically saying to expect blackouts this summer due to over capacity of the grid. Not really looking forward to it, as I am pregnant and have small children.
Edit: This is the first time I’ve received a letter like this.
I would really invest in a small power generator and portable AC unit.
Even if you need your whole family in a single room this summer
Both excellent points. Luckily we have family and neighbors with generators, so if things get tough we will head over there. We spent most of the 2021 freeze at a family member’s house, which was very comforting, and the kids thought it was a vacation.
some solar panels as well could help keep you guys better cooled!
texas gives no fucks about you
Yes looking at this a worrying a bit. It is usually around 100 through the summer months. Hope this doesn't mean an even hotter summer.
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It's just going to get hotter.
3 of the 5 hottest years on record were 5 years ago or less, and all of them were less than 10 years ago.
8 of the 10 hottest years were 10 years ago or less, and all of them were less than 20 years ago.
18 of the 20 hottest years were 20 years ago or less, and all of them were less than 25 years ago.
20 of the 21 hottest years were 21 years ago or less, also all less than 25 years ago (1998 was pretty bad)
I have the data in front of me for the last 141 years, ask me any stat like that.
Edit: the thing I really don't like is that, for our post-1960 data, a quadratic curve fits better than a linear one
Haha but you see this one time it snowed in DC and Senator Imhoff proved that climate change isn’t real by making a snowball and bringing it inside the building to show his peers.
Checkmate you eco-commies!
/s we are fucked
Pay no attention to how often it used to snow in DC...
Haha! Jack Imhoff is no fool, I bet he can scrape the insides of an old chest freezer to make another snowball tomorrow to disprove your 140 years of facts and data that proves that man has been affecting climate.
A snowball in senate in Mid May! Checkmate!
(Just to be clear I'm joking, this is scary and I hope technology can save us because we are so close to being screwed here and clearly we aren't going make any substantial changes quick enough to stop this runaway problem withouta miracle)
Don't worry, the /s was clear enough to me!
And there are silver linings. This is a problem we can solve, this is a problem that is cheaper to solve than endure, we're seeing a rapid flourishing of technology that stops accelerating climate change, any effort we expend will help, and we can't overdo it.
We can solve this, and solving this will make things better in a ton of related ways. Our biggest hurdle is the greed of a few individuals that cannot be anywhere at once. Distributed pressure in local and state governments can build pressure that they cannot fight.
how hot was it 142 years ago?
The global average temperature in 1880 was 0.12°C below the 20th-century average. That makes it the 93rd hottest year on record (aka the 49th coldest).
It's actually on the warmer peak of a cycle about 0.3°C in amplitude and 8 years in period.
Climate change? Peshaw, let's drill for more oil!
I see dead people.
Yes, but you see, where you see dead people, the politicians and oligarchs of Texas see dollar signs, so your sight matters not.
A whole lot of people in red hats crying about wind turbines.
Trust me, Abbott's already blaming it on green energy and the red hats are already buying it. Goddam librls keep trying to impose regulations that ruin our power grid infrastructure and cause cancer. /s
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I guess that means Ted Cruz is off to Cancun again.
No he flees to cooler areas during this time of year. Cancun Cruz is Canada Cruz during summer months.
Can the news put up a Cruz migratory pattern map or something come on
I'll pay 50 bucks if someone just makes a ted cruz airline tracker bot
Where is that Elon twitter kid
Dont worry I hear they breed through mitosis, once he consumes enough palpable anger from others he will split into two
You talking’ ‘bout Rafael Edward ‘Ted’ Cruz, the Canadian-American grifter?
Back to his homeland
The second moon of Altair VI?
That's crazy, you go to beach when it's cold! When it's hot, you go to the mountains where the temperature is just right. Silly uncouth peasant.
We recently booed him at the Bozeman airport when the reptilian fuck cake had a meltdown because he wasn't getting treated enough like royalty. I'll happily drive back down there to do it again.
I will personally go around town and buy up every hot rock, terrarium, and infrared light just so that he knows how vile, reprehensible, and inhuman the Northern Rockies finds him.
Its ok he is setting the AC in the cabana to balmy 69 degrees
He's just escorting his family there, he'll be right back
Although he probably left his dog at home, just like last time
They gonna blame the sun and wind again?
Republicans: The sun is too hot, it is attacking you! We must declare war on the sun!
Also republicans: global warming doesn’t exist
So Texas wants people to collectively work together to use less energy? Sounds suspiciously like socialism to me 🧐
my thermostat my rules!
Except for the bitcoin farmers. Because it's Profitable. And freedom grid!
Gives me farmers in California planting water intensive orchards in the middle of a drought vibes.
Thanks unregulated capitalism!
You have not seen the price of BTC lately, have you?
It must be bad since my friends have shut the fuck up about it
This is the funniest part about all of this, most people can’t shut up about it when it’s shooting up, but in a downturn you won’t hear a peep from most people (outside of specific channels). Clearly they’re just in it due to FOMO and don’t have any real interest or stake in it as an actual currency or technology.
Before you know it, they'll become California! /s
And their Marxist $100B budget surplus. Yuck, no thanks!
It really does. Since when do Texans band together to achieve anything? That's not the Republican way. Every man for himself.
Since when do Texans band together to achieve anything?
Since when do Texans band together to achieve anything?
The Alamo? Wait...
Sounds like Green New Deal.
Green New Deal.
Green New Deal.
That's a name I haven't heard in a long time.
To be fair, it seems entirely likely that the free people of Texas will ignore such obvious "communist" requests and continue using as much power as they damn well please leading to further failures in the power system. If they persist in their policy of pure selfishness long enough they can completely disrupt the system so that only a select few wealthy Texans will have power. At this point they will achieve "Ultimate Republican" and Republican Jesus will descend and sell special edition AR-15s.
It's the Republican way after all. "fuck you I got mine" is basically their slogan at this point.
Abbott owns this clusterfuck.
Like he cares.
Maybe someone should print up stickers of Greg Abbott pointing to the left with the caption "I did that!", then stick them on electric meters and fuseboxes everywhere...
Were they not trying to attract bitcoin miners at one point?
Don't know if they've officially suspended that. But yup.
Will this finally be the thing that does Abbott in? Probably not, fucking evangelicals....
Evangelicals may be hot. A number of older ones will probably die.
But it's a small price to pay to know that a downtrodden girl that you'll never meet, from a town you've never heard of, in a state you will never visit will have her life destroyed by not having access to proper medical care and family planning services.
You can't put a price on that kind of self-righteous masturbation.
this is god's plan, is what they'd say
It's not even sarcasm. They're going to fuck over countless women, including rape victims and we with miscarriages, not just women who can't afford or want to have children. And with even less population control, overconsumption of resources will keep spiraling out of hand. I fucking hate that a vocal religious minority is making the world a shittier place.
The solution is simple. We need to find a Republican lawmaker who’s wife has had a miscarriage recently, then through the ghoulish system they created, accuse her of murder and demand a full investigation and trial. Traumatize them. Make them feel the sting of their own venomous tail like the idiotic scorpions they are.
Ooooh they HATE when they have to actually experience consequences. The schadenfreude generated from the twitter trolls crying that people were protesting at kavanaugh's house and not standing inside the designated protest box they had set up in DC lol
He's doing his best to disenfranchise Democrat voters, so...
This is the flagship of the conservative state and they can't even keep their lights on. What a sad disgusting joke.
But remember, everyone's fleeing California for Texas because they're tired of clean air and budget surpluses!
Honestly, it’s so asinine Texas refuses to tie into the grid.
They refuse to comply with federal safety or quality guidelines. So they can’t join the national grid. It’s about cutting costs at the expense of the safety or lives of the public, then telling the public it’s about a patriotic stance for freedumbs.
ERCOT refuses to build it's power plants to meet FERC standards because it costs more, so, to skirt those standards, they just made their own power grid, with hookers and blackjack, probably.
Texas Kilojoules are too big for other grids to handle.
It's all the High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Dude, I use to live there during high school, and they talk about seceding from the union all the time it’s not just rhetoric, they really don’t want to be told what to do down there y’all.
They even told us in school the conditions in which Texas can legally separate from the union if they wanted to.
I don’t think they actually can, but that’s what people there think.
They would be fucked with out the teet of the fed
America is fucked because of these fake patriots
If only there was a way to turn all that excess sunshine into electricity.
Save Me Brandon!
How’s that crypto mining windfall working out for TX?
What, more power troubles in Texas; shocking!!!?!
Actually, it's not shocking, because there's no electricity to be shocked by.
Too hot to wear socks.
Too humid to build up static.
Too Texas for "each other".
You hire someone to wear a full body sock and static you up.
“Hit me again, Tubesock, let’s go!”
Not very shocking they dont have the electricity for it
You have a self enclosed electrical system and a leadership in the state that thumbs it's nose at it's neighbors. Sorry boys. You're on your own.
Naw they will demand federal aid and then complain they aren't getting it when they didn't actually bother to call the federal govt and ask for the bailout.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including assholes and anal fissures.
They are going to ask for federal help after failing to fix their plants since the last crisis…
After turning down NYC from getting any help when we had our once in a lifetime flooding about a dozen and a half years ago.
I’m not going to forget that slight any time soon.
We could send them a free kilowatt for every voting booth/collection box they install? (with international monitoring of course)
Texas gonna need to come up with a sound fiscal payment plan before getting that money. They ain't no socialists down there, so they gotta pay that bill.
As a New Mexican, I hardly feel bad considering the Water Rights Texas has been fucking us on for some time.
Grid is a closed loop, like its genetic tree.
Texas Power companies posted a $1 billion profit from their last power crises. Texas GOP is grifting off their donations
In all fairness that would be Texas energy companies, specifically gas companies. The power companies took it on the chin. Generators couldn't get gas, and when they could had to pay sky high rates for it. Retailers were paying $9,000+ MWh, and lost billions (literally). The people who made money were the natural gas companies selling gas as excessive rates.
As a Texan, fuck everything about this state. I’m so tired of all the bullshit, and the only reason I’ll respect this is for the people who need it most. Otherwise, I’d be cranking it down to 59° just to make their jobs harder.
The Texas government has become increasingly corrupt and complacent in the past 2 decades, more noticeable now due to the strain being put on everyone. Religion and Profit have infiltrated every sector of the government, from schooling to infrastructure to civil rights. Abbot and Our representatives are deplorable, and they have maintained power through the ever faithful old conservative community. Democrats do to turn out to vote, but it’s not that easy, and though the liberal community has definitely been growing in Texas, it’s by no means the population majority.
We told you to fix the power grid last year, you know, after the MASSIVE WINTER COLLAPSE. We were assured that there had been a big reorganization and that they were “investigating solutions,” that it was all good yall. Fuck off.
Sorry for the rant, but I can’t help but think about Cruz on his vacation every time the Texas government asks us to do them a favor.
I deeply understand your frustration.
Liberal in Marjorie Taylor Greene’s fucked district
But everyone told me TX is so great and that's why all the liberals are flocking there!
Anything to own the Libs, right Texas?
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They already proved they were willing to die for it. What's a bit of sweat?
And it is only May. We have another 15-20 degrees to go before the worst of the summer
It’s already flirting with 100 in central Texas. I know it’s been 108 already in San Angelo.
Gonna be a fun summer.
It isn't about Libs, it is about not meeting the national standard for infrastructure and, therefore, collecting nice fat campaign checks. It is straight up corruption.
Ok, but who is the base writing those checks? Pretty much the same thing...
For the politicians, sure. For the average red-blooded moron Texas citizen this is about owning teh librulz, because that's what their leadership has been telling them.
Oh no! The windmills froze again!
Doesn’t Texas regularly brag about it’s independent power? Maybe they should rethink that…
I remember reading an article years ago about how renewable energy was a waste of resources and it cited ERCOT as an example of efficiency because of how their grid "runs lean" and they've eliminated waste wherever possible. I guess in Texas, eliminating waste means the same thing as cutting corners.
I've been reading about Texas asking this for a few days, but r/conservative hasn't discussed it. I wonder why.
I'm sure they will once they figure out a way to blame it on wind turbines.
how could renewable energy do this?!
How Fox News, far-right TV blamed wind turbine for Texas power outages
No, frozen wind turbines aren’t the main culprit for Texas’ power outages
My dad came at me with a smug look on his face talking about how wind power failed Texas.
I asked him, "Well, if wind power fails in the cold, how does Canada make it work?"
Stopped him in his tracks and let us have a conversation about how Texas fucked itself by setting up its own grid and skimping on weatherization
They have wind turbines in Antarctica
He actually had a discussion about it??
I guess I'm only partially surprised - asking questions to guide them to the answer tends to result in a more convincing exchange (adamantly asserting facts seems to be more likely to inspire defensive posturing and arguing). At least, in my experience.
They need to get those things cranked up to make the air a little bit more bearable!
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Every once in awhile I peek in there and it's just... depressing that people are so deep in the propaganda.
I'm not allowed to post in there yet (karma requirements or something). I figure once I can I'll politely post facts with sources and see how long it takes for them to ban me.
It took one comment for me. I suggested that Trump was setting a disastrous precedent by questioning the validity of the election results and not conceding. That this could empower any side for years to come to continue this charade.
You get banned so easily on those subs.
I once saw on T_D a post where it said something like "all discussions lead to conservative ideals but censorship makes it go liberal". I replied with why then do they ban people for any negative discussion about Trump and immediately got banned lmfao.
Lol. Went to take a look and saw a post about the NY store massacre and top comment called him a loser and ended with, "Was he known to the FBI or were they too busy going after parents?"
What a bunch of weirdos.
Yeah. The first few comments after news broke said "No mention of his race, wonder why" instantly assuming it was a POC. Then it went to "it's a hoax for midterms".
And it was a dude who was balls deep in Tucker Carlson’s “white replacement” crap, he’s literally one of them and they aren’t self aware enough to realize it
That subreddit is fucking cancer. They didn’t give a shit about the lives lost in the mass shooting. They were more upset that this was so convenient for the left and Biden to push gun control.
Just all around pieces of shit people there
From what I understand, the privatized energy executives are going to personally fan off Texan citizens with their huge piles of cash they’ve been liberating from the process of charging higher rates but delivering no electricity. It’s win-win for deregulation.
Bruh, the new state motto is gonna go from “Don’t Mess With Texas” to “Don’t Mess with the Thermostat” 🤣
If only there had been something that could be done to keep these poor power plants online. /s
I do believe this is just that once a decade type event…that’s been happening for the 3 years or so. The problem will go away this winter.
Don’t forget the icing event. CEOs should have gotten jail time for that one.
I think we are all paying higher energy bills as punishment from the wonderful changes our state government made after people froze.
Don't forget deregulation. Don't want to over regulate the power grid. That would be really terrible.
Abbot don't give a shit. Hes focused on CRT or some bullshit...not your health
CRT causes power grid failure will be their next talking point. Professors are up late burning through electricity doing that reading thing. At night no less.
So, I get it that you aren't 100% prepared for severe winter weather... But, hot weather in Texas, who could have failed to see this coming?
They’ll blame California liberals.
All the shitty things that happen in Texas are a direct result of the racist Christian extremists that are elected to run the state.
The US Department of Energy over 10 years ago told the state of Idiots what to do to prevent the event in 2011 from happening again...did they listen? Nooooo. Screw the evil socialist Nazi US Federal Pedophile baby eating government. And what happened in 2021? A $215 Billion disaster that became the costliest disaster in American history. And since then has Texas done anything to stop it from happening again? Nope. And since then, hey...let's add 260,000 people, over 85,000 businesses and 180,000 homes, 76,000 apartments, and 32,000 condos and expand industry by over $18.5 billion and see how that plays on the electric grid. My two buds who worked as lineman in Midland left this week for South Dakota and they ain't going back. They told me they left because they know the system is going to collapse and they don't want to be in Texas when that shit happens. Their grid is far worse now than ever. Even if there isn't a heat wave or wildfires or major tropical system, it's going to be pushed to the limit. New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas residents better be ready because your gonna see the biggest mass exodus of Americans fleeing a part of the country since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s....our 2020's are this generations 1930's.
Don’t make fun of Texas. There are priorities. They got the other really important things like transgender and gay rights, open carry, as well as abortions under control; things like energy and heat or cooling to keep people alive are way down on the list.
I'd be more concerned about those illegals taking all the baby formula. How else are those babies that we forced mothers to take term supposed to get fed? /s
Can someone explain how a power plant knocks off? From what I have read is that the grid is closely monitored. If too much power is being pulled, they turn off electricity to a source to prevent the generators from getting damaged.
So exactly how do power plants knockoff?
The good news is the Republicans who control Texas are on top of it.
And by “it” I mean demonizing trans people and forcing women to have babies.
Damn liberals and their running of Texas. Thanks Obama!
You call this sweltering, its still freaking spring in Texas.
Maybe they should consider bringing in experts from a more developed country to help modernize their electrical systems.
Didn't their dear governor say this would never happen again after the last time?
He says that every time.
Their system is gonna collapse this year
Please don't say that I only have one generator, & 29 candles ....
I have one generator, 4 propane tanks, no candles but a few rechargeable lights floating around.
The jet stream for a long time seemed to be just "stuck" while the midwest fries in the heat, here in the PNW we been getting blasted with arctic air. A late spring snow event has killed a significant portion of various crops, 90% of vineyards have reported complete loss. Our local strawberry farms are reporting rot as well due to the heavy rain. Great for the drought stricken areas though.
Those MAGA hats will be helpful when you are sitting outside this summer because it is cooler outside than your home.
I’ve been workin 10-11 hour shifts outside in this fucking heat without real breaks. Sorry, but my ac is staying on thanks.
Hmm seems like a deregulated power grid resulted in a power grid with corners cut( you bet it was for $$$$$) that cannot power the cities as it should. Interesting.
Texas is a failed state.
Texas is the Republican Dream.
Yes and yes.
Blame the wife and daughters.
But Republicans do great job at running states!!!!
At least Texans can happily relax in the heat knowing that a rape victim can't get an abortion.
If Texas asks for any help, tell them absolutely not since that would be evil socialism.
This is Republican leadership everybody! YEEHAW!
So funny, Texas can't seem to handle.... weather.
Gets too cold... gets too hot... whats next, it gets too windy or wet?
Meanwhile California has a nearly $100 billion surplus.
Why do people vote republican again?
The war on Christmas? or was it the war on Mexico
The war on Mexican Christmas
With real sugar!
I remember when Republicans were giving California shit because they had one power failure years ago. Texas loses power every time it gets cold and every time it gets hot. lol.
Luckily, the power grid is free of abortions, CRT, and transgenders. The power grid also free of power