Sen. Ted Cruz is underneath assault for flying to Mexico whereas Texas is dealing with extreme winter climate and energy outages. Cruz defined why he went there:
With college cancelled for the week, our ladies requested to make a journey with buddies. Eager to be a great dad, I flew down with them final night time and am flying again this afternoon. My workers and I are in fixed communication with state and native leaders to resolve what occurred in Texas.
If true (and I’m unaware of any purpose to consider it isn’t), it is a full protection to the assault on Cruz. Those that recommend that he was derelict in his obligation as a Senator ought to clarify what Cruz may have carried out to assist his state, past having his workers in fixed contact with officers, throughout the transient time he was on this journey. Photograph ops might need helped him, however not Texans.
As one emailer put it:
What the heck was Cruz alleged to be doing, taking a gasoline powered hair dryer to each frozen windmill in west Texas?
The reference to windmills calls to thoughts the controversy over the diploma to which wind farms are chargeable for the Texas blackout. The New York Instances rallies to the protection of renewable vitality with this story referred to as, “No, Wind Farms Aren’t the Fundamental Reason for the Texas Blackouts.” The Instances notes that wind farms make up solely about 7 % of the facility combine this time of yr.
That’s true, I feel (however see the replace beneath). Nonetheless, it’s additionally true that renewables, principally wind, make up a disproportionate share of the downed capability, about 40 % of it — 18 gigawatts of the 45 gigawatts taken offline — based on the left-leaning Texas Tribune, counting on figures from the state electricity-grid supervisor. So wind farms are one of many culprits.
As Kevin Williamson says, “when 7 % of your anticipated energy represents 40 % of your misplaced energy, that could be a important truth.” Williamson provides:
Renewables have been sponsored fairly richly, and it’s not unreasonable to ask: What if that cash had as an alternative been spent on making ready the remainder of the electrical energy infrastructure for occasions corresponding to this storm — uncommon, however certainly not unforeseeable — and what mild does answering that query throw on future coverage choices?
The mainstream media isn’t solely taking part in protection on Texas’ issues. It’s happening the assault (and never simply towards Ted Cruz). For instance, on the Washington Submit, Karen Attiah, an editor, has an op-ed referred to as “It’s time to bury the parable of Texan exceptionalism.”
The humorous factor is that readers who depend on the Submit for his or her information are unlikely to know that there’s such an idea as Texan exceptionalism. However many atypical People find out about it. That’s why so many have moved there, a pattern that may proceed in all chance.
UPDATE: A reader informs me that the Instances’ declare that wind farms make up solely about 7 % of the Texas energy combine this time of yr is sort of definitely bogus. Citing the federal authorities’s vitality info company (EIA) web site, he writes:
From Feb 3 by way of the ninth, which had common climate, wind and photo voltaic collectively common 37% of all electrical era within the state. 34% of all era was from wind energy alone.
Wind energy averaged 26% of the whole for January.
After the chilly snap, wind and photo voltaic generated about 10%.
Citing utilization knowledge from the interval after wind farms didn’t ship energy looks as if a serious abuse of the outages.