ALL BLOG POSTS AND COMMENTS COPYRIGHT (C) 2003-2020 VOX DAY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRODUCTION WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Third World comes to Texas

Karl Denninger explains what happened and why it's not going to get better any time soon:

The Bidens and AOCs of the world are literally going to kill you.

You're seeing it right here and now across the nation, including in Texas.

Texas, like so many other areas, has put up windmills and solar "farms" for the last 20 years, shutting down older coal-fired plants and not modernizing and improving their "fossil fuel" energy production infrastructure.  At the same time on a national basis the natural gas pipeline operators, in service to the woke green mob, have replaced fuel-fired pumps (that run on the gas in the pipe, therefore are failsafe so long as the pipe has something in it and is intact) with electrically powered booster pumps because, of course, you can get the power for them from "green" sources instead of all that eeee-vile carbon.

I remind you that natural gas does not freeze at other than cryogenic temperatures and as such the problem is not the gas freezing and as for machinery you have plenty of heat source in the pipe.  By putting up with and responding to the "woke mob" instead of immediately frying and eating their entire blood line these companies took an ultra-reliable and essential energy delivery system that other than by physical destruction would nearly-always continue to operate and turned it into a fragile system dependent on multiple outside elements where if any of those elements failed so does the natural gas delivery.

Winter in the south is when nuclear plants are typically taken down for maintenance as well -- since it's the middle of summer when the A/C is blasting away.  But those NatGas peaking plants and coal-fired base load infrastructure, well.... it's not green enough, so let's turn that stuff off and rely on the windmills and solar panels -- and hope it doesn't get destabilized.

Of course the "Globull Warming" screamfest folks always and forever have prognosticated that it will forever get warmer, that wind levels will rise forever and thus both solar panels and wind will forevermore continue to yield more and more useful energy.

All of that got blown up this week.

Texas is seeing wind chills in negative (Fahrenheit) numbers along with single digit or below temperatures.  That plus moisture = ice, and windmill blades are wings and not only suffer the same problem an airplane wing does when it gets loaded in addition they go out of balance and thus the windmill has to be shut down lest it destroy itself.  At the same time ice and snow cover solar panels and reduce their output to an effective zero.

The problem with the power grid is that in the event you demand more of it than can be delivered it becomes unstable due to a number of factors including, in the case of A/C transmission, phase sag.  If expected resources are not available -- such as when your wind turbines ice up -- then you have no alternative but to shed load (turn off people's power intentionally) because if you don't you will get an uncontrolled collapse and possible severe equipment damage.  Further most nuclear plants cannot quickly load-follow -- if you need more power quickly you better have something else, and if a bunch of load drops off rapidly you better have some other generation source you can shut down.  Go outside the operating parameters and a nuke plant will "trip" and if they do most of them cannot immediately restart due to a phenomena called "xenon poisoning"; if the fuel has some age on it you must wait until that bleeds off because the core does not have enough reactivity to go critical until it does, which can take a couple of days or even more.

That's exactly what happened.

I know it's serious. I know a lot of people are enduring things that are very difficult. But, I have to admit, as a survivor of some of Minnesota's coldest-ever winters, it's hard not to be just a little bemused by people prophesying doom on the basis of "temperatures expected to drop to as low as 11F in Houston and 9F in San Antonio."

I mean, in 1983, I once waited 30 minutes for a bus in -40F windchill temperature. They didn't even cancel school! So, if you want some advice from a genuine Zero Hero:

  • Layers. Always layers. It's nearly impossible to be cold with five layers. T-shirt, turtleneck, sweater, windbreaker, parka, especially if you move at all.
  • Mittens are better than gloves. Fur-lined mittens are better than regular mittens.
  • Wet feet freeze. Three layers of socks are best. First the thin silver socks, then regular socks, then thick socks. Moon Boots rock.
  • Hat and facemask works best. A scarf is good because you can cover your face with it if you don't have a mask. That being said, I never wore a scarf.
  • Back to the wind. Always keep your back to the wind as much as possible.
  • Snow is warm. Use it to build windblocks.

Labels: ,

178 Comments:

Blogger tdcommenter February 18, 2021 8:13 PM  

I had a friend who was in the Army, he used plastic bags to keep his feet dry. They don't breathe, but it works in the short term.

Blogger MATT February 18, 2021 8:20 PM  

I love when its in the teens, if it isnt too windy.

Blogger Zeedub85 February 18, 2021 8:25 PM  

The frantic narrative-supporting articles have already started appearing. "No, it's totally not because of windmills and solar farms!" Abbott, as usual, is talking out of both sides of his mealy mouth.

I walked to school in the aftermath of the Blizzard of '77 in northern PA when the temperature was -20. I was layered exactly like you say. Didn't even feel it.

Blogger Charlie February 18, 2021 8:32 PM  

I grew up outside of Houston, been in NE Ohio for 30 years now. Almost used to the cold winters..... almost.

20% of your power supply comes from wind? Did you consider what happens when there is to much wind? What happens when it freezes AND thee is too much wind?

Oops.

Blogger 7916 February 18, 2021 8:34 PM  

Grand Solar Minimum looking more and more likely.

Blogger English Tom February 18, 2021 8:34 PM  

The same phenomenon happened in Germany which heavily invested in solar power and electric buses. Now, the solar panels are covered in snow, and the buses cannot start due to extreme cold.
Given that we are heading deeper into a Grand Solar Minimum, these types of failure can only increase.
David DuByne of Adapt2030 has been promoting magnetic motors in one of his latest videos and is well worth a watch.
The Texas debacle should be a major wake up call to people, learn the lessons or die, because these phases of extreme cold will only increase as the jet stream continues to be destabilised.

Blogger RAT64 February 18, 2021 8:35 PM  

As usual, they go in the wrong direction.
Answer is large scale nuclear, preferably thorium (much research needed)
Run the plants above average demand and use co-located desalinization facility and trash/refuse processing to absorb production above grid demand.
Grid demand high, scale back water production or trash processing.
Grid falls off, make/pump more water into elevated tanks or Plasma burn more trash.
Energy Conservation is NOT the answer.
Energy management is.
(apologies if this multiple posts, got a 403 error twice so wasn't sure it went through)

Blogger wreckage February 18, 2021 8:35 PM  

If you don't have a wind-cheater, an oilskin or raincoat over the top of layers will also stop the wind from getting in. Depression era trick from rural Australia: get a big bit of canvas, hessian, or whatever, then sew all your worn-out clothes and rags onto it in layers. Called a Bidgee Blanket. It will keep you warm at night.
In these times of total institutional incompetence, everyone with the option should have bottled-gas or ethanol-fueled heating and lighting in reserve - if you don't have the option, because you live in a highrise or medium density housing, GTFO while you still can, to somewhere where you can have a back shed with shelf-stable fuel stored.

Blogger tdcommenter February 18, 2021 8:36 PM  

Another tip, use a sleeping bag as a comforter. Wear a beanie at home.

Blogger Fozzy Bear February 18, 2021 8:37 PM  

I moved here from Australia, I never saw a sub zero Celsius day until I moved here. Now the phrase “lows in the teens” haunts my nightmares. Luckily I had the propane tank topped up a few weeks ago so heat and hot water will not be issues I have to worry about, regardless of the stability of the electrical grid.

Blogger RAT64 February 18, 2021 8:37 PM  

As usual, they go in the wrong direction.
Answer is large scale nuclear, preferably thorium (much research needed)
Run the plants above average demand and use co-located desalinization facility and trash/refuse processing to absorb production above grid demand.
Grid demand high, scale back water production or trash processing.
Grid falls off, make/pump more water into elevated tanks or Plasma burn more trash.
Energy Conservation is NOT the answer.
Energy management is.

(Moderator, apologies if this is posted 2-3 times. keep getting error after hitting publish. I know to be patient because the post must be moderated. This will be last time I publish this comment.)

Blogger rumpole5 February 18, 2021 8:38 PM  

Also. Try wearing a stocking cap to bed. It makes a huge difference. Hanging blankets or sheets over interior open door ways also makes a big difference. Look up how to build a rocket stove away from the house out of bricks to cook food, make hot drinks, melt snow and ice for water to boil, and to fill hot water bottles and covered pots and pans of bottles to bring inside to radiate heat.

Blogger rumpole5 February 18, 2021 8:40 PM  

Great ideas! You've just solved a couple of additional problems!

Blogger Attila is my bro February 18, 2021 8:43 PM  

My bedroom growing up didn't even have heat at all. Going outside - at least you were moving. No big deal. Even in sub zero weather.

However, I totally get the Armageddon doom & gloom. Yesterday was 36 degrees and I was out in a sweater. Felt like it was 60 in the sun. But it takes weeks to acclimatize. In the heat of summer, a cool 60 degree night feels like the dead of winter. In Dallas it was 70 less than 2 weeks ago.

Blogger JamesB.BKK February 18, 2021 8:44 PM  

Long Johns are essential. Sometimes two. Don't tie your boots too tight.

Blogger Attila is my bro February 18, 2021 8:44 PM  

When i lived in a shitty part of NYC, i couldn't wait for cold weather. It kept the undesirables off the street.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 18, 2021 8:46 PM  

Denninger is right on the money.

I was unaware that the gas fired compressors were all electrically r7n now until I saw some of the production guys I follow talking about how power to the compressors was intentionally cut to feed residential generation.

That works until the gas fired power plant feeding the homes runs out of fuel.

Abbott, Paxton, and Patrick don't have the balls, since they're leftover Bushie neocons, but they need to drag everyone at ERCOT into criminal court. That is the epicenter of the shenanigans. If there are any 4chan autists reading my comment, digging into every member of the board there will reveal some interesting connections.

Bottom line, always follow the money.

Blogger weka February 18, 2021 8:48 PM  

I live in Southern NZ and we do have snow. I have family in Canada.

Layers rock. You need windshells.

I prefer to the two or three forms of heating built in. Heatpump plus woodfired stove plus ideally vented gas. Ditto cooking.

Driving? Do what the Europeans do. Use diesel engines.

The more carbon dioxide we get in the atmosphere the less nasty this grand minimum will be.

Blogger Wayne February 18, 2021 8:49 PM  

I think the third world would appear to be smarter than this. The third world wouldn't have the luxury of changing out a reliable energy source for one that theoretically works.

Blogger Derangement Syndrome February 18, 2021 8:49 PM  

Another northerner here, I'm also shocked that 9°F in Texas = the complete destruction of the state's infrastructure.

The "Polar Vortex" of week long Temps below zero, has been sweeping into Chicagoland every year at the end of January or beginning of February for it seems like the last 5 winters, "Anthropogenic Global Warming" is an absolute scam.

Blogger cyrus83 February 18, 2021 8:50 PM  

Good quality winter boots are also key. Usually purchase a half size larger than usual to make room for the extra sock layers and don't cheap out on them, especially if you have to walk any distance with snow or slush around.

Snowvember back in 2014 is the worst I have seen, I was fortunate not to be stranded on the highway for days as many others were.

Blogger Balkan Yankee February 18, 2021 8:54 PM  

Make Coal Great Again.

Blogger Fernando Covett February 18, 2021 8:59 PM  

I’m in Houston. Having lived in Canada helped to prepare for the cold. It got as low ax 47°C indoors without power. Just pulled out some camping gear and we were fine.

The Tesla Y worked great in the snowy roads and doubled as an igloo. The family warmed up in the car comfortably for a couple of hours while recharging it. My previous Infiniti gas-guzzler would’d run out of gasoline.

We’re back to normal now, other than people stockpiling on meat and cheese for some reason.

Blogger yohee February 18, 2021 9:04 PM  

Natural gas lines can "freeze" become blocked. Gas from wells has H2S and CO2 mixed in, this must be removed, it is removed with amine. As the gas flows through the amine it picks up moisture and if the flow rate is high enough it could carry out amine.
Other gases contain liquid hydrocarbons that must be removed before the gas hits the pipeline, these can form icy hydrates in the pipeline if not removed.
Either way you're going to block up the line.
The Green Energy mania also impacts the system in subtle ways, see:
https://judithcurry.com/2021/02/18/assigning-blame-for-the-blackouts-in-texas/?fbclid=IwAR0SAoW8PSE6sY8F5C2Ysy5EOxM5cie4Dtd8VDpvXWhCYZAk3evOomhZDFU

Blogger maniacprovost February 18, 2021 9:09 PM  

None of the technology is complete, nor will it be as O&G is inherently unsustainable.

What's the best way to run pipeline pumps... Maybe some kind of mechanical energy storage system charged off of small windmills. Will we ever have that... Doubtful. Thorium reactors, maybe. Why do we even need gas pipelines, when we could just electrochemically generate electricity and water at the wellhead and reinject CO2?

The point is there are a lot of reasons why technology stumbles drunkenly from suboptimum to suboptimum. I would hesitate to say anything we're doing is regress, except insofar as it's economically inefficient to subsidize renewable sources.

Blogger JamesB.BKK February 18, 2021 9:09 PM  

Electrical power generation that works well only in sunshine and breezes used because they are marketed as "free" but also at gunpoint using coerced and paid state actors are pretty dumb. Very r-oriented.

Blogger guardianDogg February 18, 2021 9:13 PM  

The first two days where annoying then scary. I felt foolish for not having a plan if the government shit the bed and turned the power off. The whole time I thought about what Vox said about conflict and learning from your mistakes. I knew why they shut it down and the whole time I thought okay you just had your shit test. I know what I can expect from you and I know I can survive without you or your "help".

Blogger IAMSpartacus0000 February 18, 2021 9:15 PM  

Texas simply has no ability to deal with the weather. Personally they can layer but their roads are a mess in good times. Add snow and Ice and they have nothing. They dont even know to throw down clay catlitter for traction.

House dont have externel faucets with the valve deep in the house wall so they are breaking all over. Heck they even have tankless water heaters on the outside of the house. They ate breaking.

Texas simply doesny have the houses structued even like Oklahoma so the freeze is wreaking their water systems.

Honestly plumber are going to make a killing.

Blogger tsquared February 18, 2021 9:18 PM  

We still haven't experienced the cold of the late 70's. The sunspot activity has been low the past year. It is going to be cold this year. That is the truth in global warming. We have no control...

Blogger Filter Bear February 18, 2021 9:19 PM  

Got about 25 degrees colder here in Kansas (-15 F) which is equally rare... we had rolling blackouts for 30-90 mins and then it was all sorted. Animals all lived, no ones pipes exploded, life goes on. Next time someone from Texas talks about wanting to secede ask them if they've bought a snow plow yet.

Blogger Autarky Bear February 18, 2021 9:21 PM  

This is more evidence for the Grand Solar minimum. It has only further renewed my expectation that transitioning to "green energy" is a massive grabble to eventually wipe out huge portions of the population because they either freeze, die from starvation, commit suicide, or something else along these lines. Because cities would not be able to keep up with the power demands assuming the sun suddenly took a few extra hours off every day.

Texas is certainly not in a good position demographically either. It's basically in the early stages of what happened to California. Which arguably is worse then California is right now because there are so many nations that live in Texas and are intermingled together. Where as California now has most areas sectioned off by nation.

As more people move to these states, I've found its actually best to consider moving to "blue" states that have great potential assuming the people are good in the area your in.

I've been planning on looking into Oregon and Washington because they have amazing agriculture land and a stable climate. They would be hot property states to move to assuming it wasn't controlled by the cities, which when you look at the population is either less or roughly equal to the rest of the state population.

One more generation and those cities will be either completely burning, abounded or possibly canalizing itself. Yet the outside areas will probably experience little to no effect of anything going on in those cities.

I imagine at some point there will be a major revolt in those states and they will just stop listening to the whims of their state rulers.

Blogger scimitar February 18, 2021 9:21 PM  

also: "cotton kills"....use old school wool . Wool is still the gold standard for warmth ...

Blogger Canadian Warlord February 18, 2021 9:23 PM  

Tips from someone who has spent entire winters outside working up north (instrumentation is all outside, not like those pussy electricians):

1) Halley Hansen thin wool face shield will keep your head warm in the wind. Add hat.
2) < 1$ hand/feet warmers, they last longer than a work shift (10 hours).
3) Deer skin gloves with thinsulate 100 grain. Cheap and at the farmer stores. When not doing anything with your hands, put them in the pockets of the overcoat.
4) Safety glasses overshield style are $3 and keep the wind off your face/glasses, if you don't have ski goggles.
5) Important: Keep the snow off your feet. This is the "canteening effect" and the snow will suck all the heat out of your boots to melt. Even in the dunlop "space boots."

English Tom already mentioned this, but wow, the USA has rolled back to Germany level. This is what the second world is folks. Get a good long whiff. Who ordered the "failed civilization, hold the strudel"???

Blogger Hope@ZeroKelvin February 18, 2021 9:27 PM  

I have lived here since 1985. We used to have a very stable grid until Austin bent the knee to the Green Lunatics.

Denninger is 100% correct in his analysis.

What is not widely reported is that in the wee hours of Monday, our grid came within minutes of a hard shut down when demand totally was about to outstrip production. When that happens, large/expensive/difficult to replace things start to break.

Then you are looking at weeks to months without power.

Oh, and a lot of those things come from.....China.

ERCOT deserves a lot of blame for not winterizing things in advance of this storm but if they had not shut down what they did, we would be looking at a weeks to months long grid failure.

And that does not bear thinking about.

Blogger Submitted2Christ February 18, 2021 9:28 PM  

Mountain biking trick also

Blogger KingKrawFish February 18, 2021 9:29 PM  

Ha, never dealt w/-40 temps, but in Missouri in the 1980's & 90's I too waited for the school bus in freezing weather. Also had no heat in my patio-type bedroom.

Blogger Crunchy Cachalot February 18, 2021 9:33 PM  

Please please please let it snow in sea-level California. The REE would indeed warm the Earth.

Blogger Arthur Isaac February 18, 2021 9:35 PM  

Whatever you do don't sweat. Especially don't sweat into cotton. Polys beats wool. Lighter, more flexible and easier to wear. I still wear Moreno wool socks though.

Blogger King Lardner III February 18, 2021 9:43 PM  

Our family is living through this right now. We were lucky and didn't lose power, but we had no water for two days, and there is still a boil water notice in effect. My wife was able to fill up the bathtubs with water before the pressure was gone. Because of this, we were able to flush the toilets by pouring a bucket of water into the bowl. Whew.

Most people here have experienced power outages to some degree, some for days, but what is unique about the past week are the large number of people without water. The water plants weren't just impacted by the power outages, they also had the problem of freezing equipment - pumps, valves, chemical feeders etc. - that weren't adequately insulated and heat-traced. Plus water demand increased as people would run water through their faucets to keep their pipes from bursting.

Some say that Texas's problem is that the State electrical grid (ERCOT) isn't connected to the national grid. For example, Oklahoma did fine in the same weather because their grid is connected to the national grid. There's probably some truth to this, but I tend to believe Denninger's explanation accounts for most of the problem.

Blogger English Tom February 18, 2021 9:48 PM  

@Wayne

It's not that the 3rd world is smarter. I believe the phenomena called Grand Solar Minimums are well known to the elites and they piggyback onto this with their insane great reset/green new deal, which are helping to pave the way toward the population numbers stated in the Georgia Guidestones. This is a grand, but very evil, design.

Blogger Turk187 February 18, 2021 9:50 PM  

I was born in Texas, lived overseas in the tropics for 14 years, then lived in Alaska for 4 years. I've been back in Texas for the last 27 years, but I remember how to handle the ice and cold. Most of my friends and neighbors have no idea how to deal with this.

But, screw "green" energy.

Blogger Dan February 18, 2021 9:50 PM  

Most of my neighbors have nothing but cotton clothes, maybe a tropical weight wool suit. In town this usually works in winter. When you invariably get damper or wet, you go inside warm up and dry off. Remove the heated buildings all around you, and cotton will kill you.

Also counterintuitively, hypothermia is a much bigger problem at 40°F than -40°F

Blogger John Cunningham February 18, 2021 9:51 PM  

I used to live in Fairbanks, AK. The schools sent kids out for recess twice vacday and after lunch until it got below -40F.

Blogger English Tom February 18, 2021 9:52 PM  

@Autarchy Bear

You nailed it in your first paragraph.

Blogger The Lab Manager February 18, 2021 10:03 PM  

Thanks for putting this 'freezing' thing into perspective Vox.

In the early 80's we got a week of low teens for the Texas in or about the last week of December. I don't recall having these power issues back then. The Nueces Bay, or Corpus Christi, had some icing over and caused a fish kill. The citrus growers in the valley or around Brownsville were threatened with the loss of their crop.

Blogger optimalrebellion February 18, 2021 10:04 PM  

As someone who is in the Nat Gas buisness, I can only shake my head at what's going on in Texas. Of course the turbines and grid failed. Hell they have something like 25% of their grid on Wind alone? Alas the descent into third world shithole status commences full steam ahead.

While Texans are seemingly in in dire straits, Minnesota winters are truely something else. I recently returned from Ice Fishing on Lake Mille Lacs, MN and as a desert rat myself, it was quite the change. It is all about layering (and wool for that matter), followed essentially what Vox listed and didn't have any problems. If nothing else it was a right of passage enduring such temps. Now if only the walleye were biting more...

Blogger Silly but True February 18, 2021 10:05 PM  

There is an even more fundamental and universal canon people ignored: never trust a system that must rely on the square root of negative one to calculate.

Blogger eclecticme February 18, 2021 10:05 PM  

Long ago in a former career I talked with service guys on the check out floor working on a new control system for a new coal fired plant for Egypt. It used all pneumatic controls,which use 3 -15 psig for 0 to 100%.

Why pneumatic, which is old? Analog is newer but very old now. Digital is current technology.

The guy explained to my pointy head. If you are burning coal you are turning a flywheel which turns an air compressor wich provides the instrumentation air supply which controls the power plant. A tank of compressed air can be used if needed for start ups. It does not matter what is going on outside the plant in a sh*thole country with pneumatics. Also, spare parts are easy to come by. I was impressed

I wonder if the nat gas plants shut down due to the cold or could not start up when cold?

Decades ago in Eagan MN we had a Czech exchange student. It was minus 25 deg F. She had missed her bus to the HS. She wanted to dress cool (tennis shoes) but we forced her to dress very warm. My wife dropped her off at the HS and drove away. She pulled at the doors but they were locked.

For the first time ever schools were closed just because of cold. She walked 2 miles home.

Blogger Wrangler February 18, 2021 10:06 PM  

I agree back to wind, but army survival teaches the opposite. More fat stores on the front to insulate from the windchill.

Blogger Iceeater February 18, 2021 10:09 PM  

Background
1978,79 were way worse.
Near Tulsa Lakes froze so hard we drove cars out to ice fish. Summers were brutal - El Nino.


Current gas infrastructure changes. In past Texas was a giant gas gathering system to pump it to Northeast. Now fracting in Pennsylvania has reversed the flow. The pressured gathering system is no more. Gas Storage projects will be built in Texas.

How dumb are we to even consider using windmills.

Spend $$$ on material science and the problem will solve itself. How bout ultra low resistances electrical wire!

Blogger Ominous Cowherd February 18, 2021 10:14 PM  

RAT64 wrote:Answer is large scale nuclear, preferably thorium (much research needed)

Run the plants above average demand and use co-located desalinization facility and trash/refuse processing to absorb production above grid demand.

As I recall, the waste heat from the liquid metal thorium reactors ('60s technology) is about right to drive the Fischer-Tropf reaction to turn coal into synthetic oil ('30s technology).

The coal has more energy in the thorium, et cetera that contaminates it than you can get by burning it, so if you can figure out how to extract the radioactive contamination from the liquefied coal, you have a ready supply of fuel for your reactors.

Blogger dienw February 18, 2021 10:23 PM  

Remember Vault-co? He was active in the early 2000s and was forecasting this Grand Solar Minimum. Somewhere is a saved version of his blog which he was forced to shut down.

Blogger greg February 18, 2021 10:27 PM  

One of the major benefits of coal power plants, is they can store a year's worth of fuel on site. I don't think they like to do this for fear the coal piles catch on fire, but, in the event of supply disruption they can still run for a long time. Gas turbine plants fail every time when supply is interrupted. Everybody in power distribution knows this. So it should be evident, if you don't have a gen set and woodstove, get them.

Blogger modsquad February 18, 2021 10:27 PM  

Good advice about the winter clothing, but like the German Army in Russia the winter of '41, Texas has the same problem of there not being much of it available.

Blogger The Depolrable Podunk Ken Ramsey February 18, 2021 10:27 PM  

Stuff like this has happened before. I remember New Years Eve in Dallas, 1978. We got pummeled with sheet of ice no less than three inches thick where we used to live. That was totally insane. Nobody could go anywhere for days. But we managed to muddle through it without losing power, water, gas, etc., without getting paraded as a laughing-stock through national papers.

So we used to be able to deal with this stuff. Karl points out nicely what has changed, I wondered what had happened. There is no doubt about it -- we have been measurably increasing our civilizational fragility.

Blogger Nemesis The Warlock February 18, 2021 10:28 PM  

You know, people burn quite well and there are a hell of a lot of lefties just lying around doing nothing but causing more problems. Two birds, one stone. Just saying.

Blogger sammibandit February 18, 2021 10:30 PM  

In Alberta we say you can dress for the cold, but not the heat. When you're waiting in the cold wiggling your toes and daydreaming helps. Try to dissociate the pain of the cold. It genuinely helps distract the mind.

Driving? Do what the Europeans do. Use diesel engines.

Europe is small and has lots of coastline. Much of it has a temperate climate as a result. For example, snow is uncommon in Copenhagen. In South Eastern Ukraine in the Carpathian foothills snow is not common. Besides that, diesel gels and a diesel engine is hard to start in the dead cold as we call it.

Blogger Scientific Manager February 18, 2021 10:30 PM  

We here in NYC just got dumped on by more snow. Lots of people here wearing small hats - no way those keep them warm.

Blogger dienw February 18, 2021 10:31 PM  

Here is the vault-co blog archive

Blogger Minnesota Brandon February 18, 2021 10:33 PM  

Still a surviving Minnesota Winters and yes it amuses me. We were -20 plus the whole time not including windchill.

Blogger LAZ February 18, 2021 10:33 PM  

As usual the media makes it out to be worse than it was. It got uncomfortably cold without power for a couple of days and some pipes burst. Everybody got by and it was business as usual today... except for the plumbers.

Blogger Caffeineforge February 18, 2021 10:38 PM  

A more detailed look at this, that I agree with, though I mostly deal with MISO. https://wolfstreet.com/2021/02/18/whos-to-blame-for-the-texas-power-crisis/

Also, i agree with many of the wind criticisms, but they are not entirely on point. I've run wind farms for years, in places much colder than texas. Ice is a thing, but even in Iowa its only going to significantly impact production 20 days a year, and eliminate it 5 days a year. Plenty of other things rank higher on my list of concerns.

Blogger Beery Swine February 18, 2021 10:39 PM  

Does anyone here think this storm couldn't possibly be man-made, as in using weather manipulation tech?

Blogger Nate February 18, 2021 10:43 PM  

Why is this hard? Layers. Lots of layers. Then put a big blanket on. Done.

Why dont you people have fire places and generators?

Blogger Maniac February 18, 2021 10:45 PM  

"I had a friend who was in the Army, he used plastic bags to keep his feet dry. They don't breathe, but it works in the short term."

Garbage bags can help the body retain heat too.

I bought non-perishable food in bulk a year or so ago, along with a .38 Ruger. I should probably invest in a portable stove and iodine tablets too.

Blogger Old Corps February 18, 2021 10:46 PM  

The wife and I life just north of Houston. We have a garden, probably lost the oranges for this year, but the cabbage, onions and potatoes will likely be ok. We started preparing a week ago last Monday - food, water, shut down the well, gas up the cars. It is not like this weather 'sneaked' down her from Canada. It seems that a lot of folks including Ercot paid no attention to the weather reports. I used to work for Centerpoint, the Light Company in Houston, and I really feel for them. They just deliver the current if it's there. And it wasn't there.

Blogger JaimeInTexas February 18, 2021 10:50 PM  

There are people whos warmest clothe consists of a Texans sweatshirt.
The last time we had this type of cold weather in Houston was in December 1989, January 1990. Driving to work from La Porte to Clear Lake (NASA) I saw dry snow drifts on the road. I even saw the sheen of thin ice layer over the bayou water. This time, my garden pond waterfall froze.
Our normal winter in Houston may be upper 40s F in the morning and mid 70s F in the afternoon.
The saving grace is that many of us are prepared for hurricanes and can handle this weather event, adjusting for the low temps. My home's internal temperature dropped to 58F on night before last.

Blogger glueballs February 18, 2021 10:52 PM  

Vox Day and I are close in age by a few months. Our experiences growing up in his MN and my Western MI are hardly distinguishable except he endured a few degrees lower temperature difference and, I am going on record, a degree or two counts especially when you are a little kid. I stood at the bus stop for several days every year when it was -20 F or lower. My mom lined our feet with used Wonder Bread plastic bags to keep the water out. We still ventured outside for elementary school recesses.

Can you believe I helped my friend with his paper route for no compensation other than he was my good friend and his family apparently needed the money, and we did it in the middle of an epic -40 F winter storm? We just did that sh_t for one another, for me, it was a new adventure and the water wasn’t running at home so I may as well get out there and deliver.

Winter landscapes are awesome, I am at home in the frozen tundra, just wish we had mountains to explore.

Blogger Amethyst Dominica February 18, 2021 11:02 PM  

If you need warmth, buy a comforter at a thrift store and stick a long, 2 way zipper on one side, near the bottom. Sit down on the couch and fold the top half of the comforter around your upper body. Voila. If you have sewing skills, you could also make a giant robe using a fleece blanket. I've found it to be a necessity since the place I live in has large windows and heating that I can't control. I'd recommend buying or getting a stiff wall hanging quilt to use as a top layer on your bed, as a shell to keep in the heat.

Blogger CM February 18, 2021 11:07 PM  

The frantic narrative-supporting articles have already started appearing.

Reason is so reliably wrong, I assume the opposite of what they claim.

Blogger Akulkis February 18, 2021 11:07 PM  

>> The more carbon dioxide we get in the atmosphere the less nasty this grand minimum will be.

Wrong.

Carbon Dioxide is a trailing indicator of temperature, not the other way around.

Blogger Heath D February 18, 2021 11:08 PM  

I grew up in Houston. It snowed twice that I can remember in the 16 years that I lived there. I remember it snowed 1/2 an inch one day and school was canceled. It was 70 degrees by noon that day.

Blogger TiredPoorHungry February 18, 2021 11:09 PM  

Talk about a cold blast from the past. My dad recalled when young Rush Limbaugh was playing at a granary at the age of eight, he would poke out a frogs eyes. Reportedly it was because he was curious which way it would jump.

Blogger Akulkis February 18, 2021 11:10 PM  

>> Good quality winter boots are also key.

If it's made in China, it's not a good quality winter boot.

Blogger CM February 18, 2021 11:13 PM  

Southern homes are not built for cold. Fireplaces are not standard and cold wear is not part of our staple closet.

Generators are typically small enough to run our fridges and can not handle our central hvac systems.

However, I am enjoying the info on how to control the cold with typical items anyone would have in the home.

Blogger Akulkis February 18, 2021 11:15 PM  

>>
What's the best way to run pipeline pumps... Maybe some kind of mechanical energy storage system charged off of small windmills. Will we ever have that... Doubtful. Thorium reactors, maybe. Why do we even need gas pipelines, when we could just electrochemically generate electricity and water at the wellhead and reinject CO2?

Tell us when you are done reading sloppy science fiction.

None of that shit is practical other than on paper, because the people proposing them always ignore all of the 1st order and 2nd order inefficiencies.

Blogger Darien February 18, 2021 11:15 PM  

If you can't find snow pants, you could consider getting a hakama from a JP martial arts store. I find it's actually more effective and easier to deal with re: hanging and drying.

Of course, you'll probably look out of place but you can complete the ensemble with a haori if you really want to own it.

Blogger jkmack February 18, 2021 11:18 PM  

Nat gas contains condensate, including h2o, that promptly freeze ehen the effluents get below 32F. The pressure drop of a 2" line at 120 psi dumping into a 12" line at 40 psi also causes a temp drop, hydrates in gas lines are quite common at 45F and below, depending on the pressure differentials in the system. To combat these issues, spme operators pump in methanol to keep the hydrates slush, others have dehydration unites using amine to remove the drip gas.

What os happening in Texas is the result of 20 years of moving away from coal for power generation, into the teeth of a huge population boom. Hopefully this will cause a mass migration out of texas.

Blogger pyrrhus February 18, 2021 11:18 PM  

Good advice! In the brutal Chicago winter of 76-77, I once walked 6 blocks along the Midway to the U of Chicago's Airport shuttle in a temperature of -27 and a wind chill of -80, wearing all those layers and more, always keeping my back to the wind...A few hours later I was in Seattle, 50* weather, visiting my future wife...

Blogger HoosierHillbilly February 18, 2021 11:26 PM  

@yohee So yer claim is that the water from an absorber tower is going to freeze up a pipeline...or that hydrates are going to plug it? Not a freeze at the wellhead...IN the pipeline?

Blogger The Pitchfork Rebel February 18, 2021 11:33 PM  

So this is why I supposed to be in a lather about Ted Cruz' wearabouts...

Blogger LeMage February 18, 2021 11:38 PM  

Decades-long prepper.

Old-school pre-fag Boy Scout.

"Be Prepared."

How can any Texas "man" countenance his wife and kids freezing and hungry in the dark, waiting for SOMEONE to do SOMETHING?

You know.

Yes, it's an unprecedented event.

I prep for those. Worst case scenario.

Stupid not to.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

If you can't provide warmth, clean water, hot food, and light for you and your family...

You get what you fucking deserve.

Blogger JBD Bella February 18, 2021 11:38 PM  

As a TX native, I won't pretend to have the energy answers, but I would think that the state's population explosion must have had some impact on the grid's ability to support demand. Solution, all you snow "experts" need to stop moving here.

Blogger S1AL February 18, 2021 11:39 PM  

To emphasize some of the advice: good boots are worth the money, no questions, hands down, don't skimp. And if you're planning to spend even a moderate amount of time in them, make sure you have good inserts.

If you do opt for gloves over mittens (because you're working or what-not), there are a few really good brands that can handle down to -40 without getting crazy expensive. But you'll still want layers, so let that in mind for size.

Blogger LeMage February 18, 2021 11:40 PM  

PS:

@scimitar

Yes. Woolens. Can't be beat.

Blogger CookChiNews February 18, 2021 11:51 PM  

in austin, it was a bit uncomfortable. having been made fun of for what is in my cupboard, i, unlike MANY others, had a delightful variety of foodstuffs to eat and plenty of water. my home had no power for more than 150 hours starting at 1:30 in the morning. i had a gas fireplace and set up my living area there, including having the ability to make a comfortable bed right in front. having gamed out things like this since i was a boy, it was not much of a shock other than remembering to fill every vessel i had with water once i realized that soon the water supply would be the next to fail (it did). i also had plenty of food for my pets (do not forget your best friends). i had winter coats from when i lived in chicago (let's talk windchill!!). lots of flashlights, lanterns and ... BOOKS! all in all i did quite well without much of a hiccup. i am one of the very few. i had neighbors trying to walk outside up a hill at night without proper clothing. i had to get at least one of the to actually stop them from falling down and dying in the cold. the lack of information from the utility providers was criminal. they knew that they would not be able to turn the power back on and NEVER told anyone before or during. it is inexcusable to not give people information that they can use to at least manage their own risk. they told us it was a rolling black out to last 40 minutes. we were NEVER told we would not get power for days (they knew this was what would happen 2 days BEFORE they turned off the power) and then sued their "outage map" to lie to us to say "crews need more time to restore power". people need to go to prison for this. and this is ASIDE from the Green Debacle that needs no more discussion.

Blogger justaguy February 18, 2021 11:56 PM  

Texas had a record low-- something like a 100 year record low across the entire state. this event was not something they had planned on or developed the grid for. Normally one part of the large state can make up for the part that has the storm etc. So will Texas add more baseload at a hefty cost for another storm that show we are in a sunspot minimum?

Too many states are used to the huge subsidies for "green energy" and too many connected elites like getting loans to build windmills that then force the grid to pay well above market rates for power whenever they provide it in 10 year plus contracts--- a great deal that "creates green" both renewable and cash. The expense the grid has to pay for renewable power under contract is a huge gimme to the connected elite. So the grid cannot afford more stable baseline.

We know how to create a working grid-- but have not been allowed to do it for too many years. I can't wait until we figure out how to green the water treatment plants and get rid of running water too.

Blogger JaimeInTexas February 19, 2021 12:00 AM  

@33
There are houses built without a fireplace. We have generators, hurricanes remember?

Blogger Azimus February 19, 2021 12:02 AM  

Again, the only uniting theme to the complete incoherency of the left is population control and reduction. Whether its putting Covid patients into nursing homes for convalescence, promoting voluntarily sterilizing lifestlyles like homosexuality or involuntary like pedophilia, no-fault divorce with community property (50/50 ownership) laws, soybean promotion in lieu of dairy products, in this case promoting infrastructural fragility by leveraging "carbon emissions", on and on and on - it all comes back to population reduction and control.

They don't collect and gas/gulag undesirables anymore - that went out of fashion in 1945 - But they're the same people.

Blogger Josh February 19, 2021 12:05 AM  

Good tips. It’s also impossible to get cold underneath old Norwegian blankets.

Blogger R Devere February 19, 2021 12:05 AM  

Admit it: When the Texans discovered they couldn't get rid of the snow by shooting it, they panicked!

Blogger tkatchev February 19, 2021 12:23 AM  

I never wore a scarf.

Fake and wrong.

The head, hands, feet and neck should be warm and protected. That way you won't die or get sick.

Facemasks, earmuffs, et al., are dumb and gay. The fleshy parts of your face carry no vital importance.

t. Russian

Anonymous Anonymous February 19, 2021 12:25 AM  

Jesus Christ, you're dimmer than a two watt lightbulb.

Blogger Ingot9455 February 19, 2021 12:30 AM  

I loved my moon boots.

Blogger The Whisky Priest February 19, 2021 12:34 AM  

Because the cost of a generator isn't normally justified. In Dallas it's the coldest it's been in recorded history. Most winters we get down to the mid thirties and I can't remember ever having actual snow pile on the ground.

Most of the time even these temperatures would have been fine if we hadn't had a failure cascade of poor management by the power companies combined with an isolated power grid.

That being said media is doing what it always does: hype disaster and highlight the worst stories to try and persuade the public to give more power to the state.

Most people in Dallas lived with unstable power for a few days and are back to relative normal and it'll be in the 60's next week. Frankly the real problem is going to be all the commercial buildings who didn't insulate their pipes properly; everyone I've talked to seems to have had their office flood.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella February 19, 2021 12:37 AM  

Well, no fireplaces because there are burn notices from drought on a regular basis. Our apartment had to rebuild an entire block that burned up from an unattended candle. One county has still not entirely recovered from a fire during Obama's mismanagement, from untrimmed branches on electrical lines.

We've been under blankets for the past four days. Power was restored a few hours ago. We don't know if it is still in rolling blackouts, or permanently back on. It was 20ish degrees inside the apartment, 7 degrees outside.

No water, either. Pipes burst next door.

Texas is built for heat, not cold. 100 days in a row of 100+ degrees. If we wanted to deal with snow, we'd live in a traditionally cold state.

Blogger Off The Wall February 19, 2021 12:37 AM  

Power went out at my place in Houston at 2am Monday morning. Ice storm sounded like we were getting sandblasted. Water went out Tuesday. Power came back Thursday morning - we were staying at a friend's place outside Houston that had both power and water. He'd had a water line break but was lucky and got a plumber right away. It's almost midnight Thursday, temp is below freezing again and we still don't have water. Glad I had some preps, but the freezer contents are in the garbage bin.

There are going to be repercussions. Many dead due to fire, CO poisoning (Who knew running a charcoal grill inside was a bad idea? Also learn how to open your garage door when the power is off.) and just plain freezing to death. Thousands have broken water lines. ERCOT (grid manager) bungled this badly.

Blogger PubliusFlavius February 19, 2021 12:37 AM  

I delivered the wapo to deep state douches outside the beltway in winter....wise words of warmth.

Blogger Unknownsailor February 19, 2021 12:54 AM  

IAMSpartacus0000 has the biggest concern, nobody builds residential infrastructure down south to withstand below freezing temperatures. Pipes are freezing in the walls of houses and bursting, and who knows what the city water and sewer lines are doing in the ground, those are not buried that deep because there essentially is no frost line that far south.

I hope ground temps have not been getting into freezing, because if neighborhood water and sewer lines have froze, that is going to be bad on toast.

I have a cousin that lives in Kileen, outside of Ft Hood, and works as a vet tech on base.

Those of us who subscribe to Suspicions0bservers on YouTube know that cold is what is coming. What amazes me is that we are living The Last Centurion by John Ringo. Plague then extreme cold leading to mass starvation is a feature of that book. We, unfortunately, do not have a Bandit 6...

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 19, 2021 12:57 AM  

We have all of that.

You're thinking of the city folk. They're freezing and moaning. We're rolling around out here in the country in 4x4's getting it done.

Blogger Cy True February 19, 2021 1:05 AM  

Speaking from Texas (South Texas, aka the dirty south, aka tip o tex, aka north mexico) Yes, right now its pretty freakin cold but nowhere near Minnesota cold. Yes, the politics behind the power grid issue is messed up but its up to every family (man in the family, hopefully) to plan for events like these, albeit other natural disasters. To depend on state or federal aid should be the last resort and you'll be a popsickle by then.

Blogger JamesB.BKK February 19, 2021 1:06 AM  

If you wreck with (apparently) zany rules or cancel permits for pipelines, the guys that own freight train lines can benefit. Correct? Warren B? Let’s hope they don’t blow up too many towns. Bulk transport of natural gas for pipeless legs of the journey is very challenging.

Blogger JamesB.BKK February 19, 2021 1:07 AM  

*is

Blogger Reader February 19, 2021 1:07 AM  

FUBAR is the new normal in commie America. Being cold outside is one thing, being freezing, seeing your own breath, and pitch black inside your own home is another. That's just depressing. The first blackout hit Sunday night about 2am, officially Monday. I checked out the Oncor outage page which stated there would be rolling blackouts of 15-45 minute duration. That was all bullshit. The Oncor message soon changed to the fact that the blackouts would be for much longer extended periods.

You never knew when everything would go down, never knew for how long. You couldn't plan anything, not even to cook a meal. The blackouts lasted longer than the on-power periods. We had a 7-hour outage Monday that lasted until 11pm. I started to imagine that Trump-supporting neighborhoods were being targeted on purpose. The BASTARDS were killing us!!! Heh. Anyways... to add insult to injury, people were reporting that some neighborhoods never lost power at all. This insanity lasted until late Tuesday night. I logged that the power came back on at 1:52AM. We went to bed and the power was on when we awoke Wednesday. We haven't had a blackout since then. Of course, the temps have risen from the single-digits to the upper twenties and even 30 today, so the demand is less.

Normally, I love the cold, snowy weather that we so rarely get around these parts. Yesterday, once the power ordeal appeared to be over, was the first day we could enjoy the beautiful snow-covered scenery. The neighborhood was blanked in white, streets and all. Kids were sledding behind cars pulling them around. We took our daily walk in the snowy streets. Today I slipped on the street and fell on my ass but I was so bundled up that I didn't even feel it.

Blogger Zander Stander February 19, 2021 1:13 AM  

He said face masks hehe. Only kidding.

Blogger Doom February 19, 2021 1:29 AM  

Saw a winter were a month and change, perhaps two months and change, the high was -20 F. Oh, it was harsh, lost many livestock, and people... until they smartened. Even hardy stock have limits, if some seem to have to die to prove the point. I have personally been out in -67 wind chill. Moments between frostbite and a strange drunk feeling.

Funny, I walk out to feed the critters, in flipflops, no socks, sometimes as low as 0 F. Not every day, or always, but... sometimes. But the house is kept at least to 66, though normally warmer while awake. Not even tall tales...

Blogger GeronL February 19, 2021 1:37 AM  

What we really need in Texas is a few extra nuclear reactors

Blogger Doktor Jeep February 19, 2021 1:46 AM  


What Texas is getting right now is some R/K filtering.

Blogger Laconic February 19, 2021 1:58 AM  

Better yet, find/make shelter

Blogger Noah B. February 19, 2021 1:58 AM  

An indoor propane heater might have been nice to have, and we probably would have actually used that. Unlike a generator or fireplace there's not much indication from outside that you're running a propane heater.

Blogger Yukichi Sensei February 19, 2021 1:59 AM  

Solid analysis of blue states

California has been collapsing for 40 years, and corona looks to finish the job. Where BLM didnt wipe out police authority, locals are totally ignoring the state. Sanctuary cities from the state, as it were.

Blogger Laconic February 19, 2021 2:06 AM  

Wearing a scarf is the equivalent to wearing an entire sweatshirt.

I would reccomend not losing 70 percent of your body heat from just your neck being exposed

Blogger Laconic February 19, 2021 2:07 AM  

I bet some texan preppers are maybe even enjoying the storm

Blogger Christina February 19, 2021 2:55 AM  

Autarky Bear wrote:This is more evidence for the Grand Solar minimum. It has only further renewed my expectation that transitioning to "green energy" is a massive grabble to eventually wipe out huge portions of the population because they either freeze, die from starvation, commit suicide, or something else along these lines. Because cities would not be able to keep up with the power demands assuming the sun suddenly took a few extra hours off every day.

Texas is certainly not in a good position demographically either. It's basically in the early stages of what happened to California. Which arguably is worse then California is right now because there are so many nations that live in Texas and are intermingled together. Where as California now has most areas sectioned off by nation.

As more people move to these states, I've found its actually best to consider moving to "blue" states that have great potential assuming the people are good in the area your in.

I've been planning on looking into Oregon and Washington because they have amazing agriculture land and a stable climate. They would be hot property states to move to assuming it wasn't controlled by the cities, which when you look at the population is either less or roughly equal to the rest of the state population.

One more generation and those cities will be either completely burning, abounded or possibly canalizing itself. Yet the outside areas will probably experience little to no effect of anything going on in those cities.

I imagine at some point there will be a major revolt in those states and they will just stop listening to the whims of their state rulers.


Yes, this. Grand Solar Minimum for sure, which is supported by the recent earthquakes (a big one off New Zealand recently) and Mt. Etna erupting. Rural Oregon is probably a good choice, though the cold hit them also. I moved from San Francisco to Nevada recently, my rational being that Nevada is only 3 million people, how badly can they mess with it? Lots of military infrastructure. I do love Texas but too many people have moved there, or are in the process of going there. My favorite site documenting the grand solar minimum is Electroverse. Snow in Libya for the first time in 15 years! https://electroverse.net/

Blogger FrankNorman February 19, 2021 3:15 AM  

I wonder if the basic premise of the "power grid" needs questioning. It's nice to have, but requires a First or Second World mindset. Third World it becomes iffy - for all the obvious reasons.

A saner future might be one in which each and every building has its own source of electrical power.

Blogger Br1cht February 19, 2021 3:25 AM  

I´d just wanted to add Russian foot wraps, "Portyanki" to the SDL´s list. Used them since a hunting trip in Siberia and loved the utility of them.

Blogger Josh Brown February 19, 2021 3:59 AM  

East of the Cascades in the high desert. Beautiful.

Blogger map February 19, 2021 4:33 AM  

Ariadne Umbrella wrote:No water, either. Pipes burst next door.

Texas is built for heat, not cold. 100 days in a row of 100+ degrees. If we wanted to deal with snow, we'd live in a traditionally cold state.


Whatever you do, shut your water off if your pipes burst. Right now, everything is forzen, but, when that water thaws you will have flooding in your home.

You may be lucky that your water is just frozen without the damaged pipes so try to get heat there with something portable to thaw the pipes.

Blogger The Last Roman February 19, 2021 4:36 AM  

Similar "green" policies kept Florida from building oil rigs off the coast. So, it's still little more than a tourist and retirement destination. It's time for the states to take back their sovereignty.

Blogger Opus February 19, 2021 4:41 AM  

In the north of Sweden the bus-shelters are in the winter centrally heated to prevent people freezing to death (I know that as I was there) as are the pavements (sidewalks) outside the shops in town.

I can also say as I took the thermometer outside that in D.C. in that year's January it was as low as six or seven degrees fahrenhite.

Global warming (man-made) is a wicked myth: my fan heater once saved my life (I believe) when I was suffering from Hypothermia yet the new fan heaters chuck out little heat for reasons of safety or saving the planet or some such nonsense: these days I would have died; a small price to pay to comply with EU regulations.

Blogger Bezzle February 19, 2021 4:52 AM  

Beards work.

Blogger Crunchy Cachalot February 19, 2021 5:03 AM  

FUBAR is the new normal in commie America.

The movie of today's America is John Carpenter's version of the Thing: "I dunno what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is."

Blogger Steve Rodger February 19, 2021 5:23 AM  

These green retards could give a push for superconducting transmission lines infrastructure if they were serious about reducing emissions in the long run. But they always think about green energy in the most meme way possible because they are just in it for the woke points, they don't actually care or have a soul to enable some criativity.

Blogger Rowan February 19, 2021 5:41 AM  

I make the mistake of using Reddit from time to time, to follow topics of no interest to many, and certain headlines will be promoted or suggested as I browse a sewing thread or discuss reading weaving drafts...

So please, I know global warming is now called “climate change” but can someone please explain to me how AOC says climate change is responsible and more green energy would mean these people wouldn’t have power outages?

My mental gymnastics are weak fu compared to *that* ones brain, I guess. I can’t wrap my head around how warming causes cooling, or green energy is magical and doesn’t require a functioning grid to deliver power. Is she a Tesla fan? Microwave power for all, delivered through the air, from cold fusion to boot. Science!

Please note that there is ALL the intended sarcasm dripping from this post. I sometimes question my sanity, their stories change so swiftly and without warning. Gaslit, indeed.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer February 19, 2021 6:38 AM  

I've lived in the frozen north and in the south and the thing is most people in the deep south don't have much in the way of cold weather gear, because there isn't much need for it. It dropped down into the low 20s and teens a couple of nights around here, but its back in the 50s and 60s starting tomorrow. That's the usual pattern in this area. It gets cold for a couple of days, by local standards, and then warms up to mild, pleasant temperatures for a week or two. Then we get our two weeks of spring and then summer kicks in for 6 - 8 months.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 19, 2021 6:41 AM  

I worked outside in all this type of weather during the coldest parts I used an old military cold weather parka with hood, the hood being the most important part for keeping warm, plus the tight weave of the outer shell fabric.

Other than that folks we on the FreeRight are on our own consider the government in the hands of people who want you dead.

Blogger JohnR219 February 19, 2021 6:43 AM  

No trash pick up either. They won't drive the trucks in the 3 inches of snow. I was driving 30 and passing everyone. No one can drive on snow and ice.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer February 19, 2021 6:43 AM  

Facemasks, earmuffs, et al., are dumb and gay. The fleshy parts of your face carry no vital importance.

They are if they get frost bit.

Blogger Avalanche February 19, 2021 7:11 AM  

@56 "hell of a lot of lefties just lying around doing nothing but causing more problems"

And hey! Maybe we could sell them into volunteering with the "helping the poor and illegals stay warm!"

Soylent Green is PEOPLE!

Blogger RedJack February 19, 2021 7:14 AM  

We need Texas to harden there power systems for cold weather. They tripped a Nuke 0lant because the cooling pumps froze

Blogger Meanoldbasterd February 19, 2021 7:16 AM  

Unknown sailor, be glad we,don't have a bandit6 because he would be stupidly trying to prop up th regime, having mistaken government for nation. Rome can burn in hell. I'll fight for my people,anytime, but the Sodom on,the Potomac can get bent.

Blogger Unknown February 19, 2021 7:17 AM  

Our local news is dividing their time this morning between His Majesty Biden coming to bless Pfizer operations on the other side of the state, and the fact that the Mars robot is fully diversity because they have blacks and a dot Indian on the control team.

Which seems weird, because Indians aren't diversity, but whatever. I assume that means the probe will or has already broken in some way.

Blogger rumpole5 February 19, 2021 7:19 AM  

We walk a mile up, mile back circuit on the beach every day. Nothing to block the wind. In summer we always walk wind to back out and wind to face return. The turn around makes a huge difference. Even the slightest zypher makes the return notably cooler. In winter, when colder temps mean a north wind, it's face out, back return. Again, huge difference, even with the slightest breeze. I don't care what the army says, follow VD's advice.

Blogger Lazarus February 19, 2021 7:26 AM  

Winter 101

Don't let the pipes freeze

Blogger tublecane February 19, 2021 8:18 AM  

The Winter of 1996 was wort on record in Minnesota, I think. Somewhere in the state it was -60°. Not where I was, but it was damn cold because they shut down school for temperature alone.

That day I walked a few blocks to a friend’s house, and I swear it felt like being on another planet.

Blogger xevious2030 February 19, 2021 8:24 AM  

You are recognizable undoubtedly right. Was a kid in 1985. The then cold Texas, with 1980s technology. Pretty much went along just fine, except for a few burps and spots. No shortages of goods in the f’ing stores then. Sancho mentality doesn’t buy ahead as a regular practice.

Blogger lckychrmsrr February 19, 2021 8:30 AM  

As our host likes to remind us MPAI.

It measured -4F on my back deck and we were fine w/o power and water because we're at least smart enough to read a weather forecast and stay prepared all year.

All the boomers in my neighborhood have been running their generators essentially non-stop to keep their refrigerators running (no joke). Most Texans just can't do cold. I've stayed cozy by doing exactly what Vox outlined; layer up and move around. Pop-top mittens over fur lined gloves. Hat & facemask. Down blankets. Boomer parents and neighbors are "suffering" in their solitary jacket while they just sit in the dark waiting for things to get fixed for them.

Blogger English Tom February 19, 2021 8:48 AM  

@LeMage

Better to have and not need, than to need and not have.

Blogger Fishslinger_Bear February 19, 2021 9:06 AM  

Part of this is the long tradition of northerners, particularly northeastern yankees, antithapy for southerners and southern life. Power issues are typically a summertime heat/AC related problem that yankees can't and don't care to comprehend. They complain and even die when it happens to get a little hot for a day or two in their AC free world and scream the world is on fire. They dictate from Washington how we should live and retire to their second or third home in the south bringing their insanity and virtue signalling and force their enviroinsainity on the south and this is the result. Gone with the wind.

Blogger JaimeInTexas February 19, 2021 9:17 AM  

This situation is so freaking embarrassing. ERCOT removed the names of their board of directors from ERCOT's web site. Apparently they have been receiving threats. The board has 15 members, of which 5 live outside Texas.

Many years ago I worked with a guy from North Dakota, one of them. Our Siberia as far I am concerned. At lunch time we were getting some snow flakes and he said he wanted to go outside. This is Houston. I put on my parka and he just goes outside in a button down long sleeve shirt. While outside he is just going "aaaah" and says "Jaime, you do not know what cold is until you change a tire in minus 30 degrees." I told that he was absolutely right, that I will never know what cold is.

Some years later I read a book on cold weather survival. Why? I do not know Survivalist wanna be?. As already mentioned, the book made sure to impress that "cotton kills" and "do not work a sweat."

@96
"Texas is built for heat, not cold. 100 days in a row of 100+ degrees. If we wanted to deal with snow, we'd live in a traditionally cold state."

Agree. As I tell people, there is a reason I live South. of I-10.


@108
Yep

@113
:)
My wife does not like camping. I told her that since she does not go camping, camping comes to her. She not amused. I keep telling her she is lucky to have me, at least for situations like this.

Blogger Taignobias February 19, 2021 9:19 AM  

From my power engineer friends: wind costs far, far more per kwh than pretty much anything else. Any given turbine spends half its life out of commission, waiting for repairs and maintenance.

Imagine if we cut our losses, tore down a wind farm, and set up another nuclear generator. Baseline power for pennies on the grand. Use chemical batteries like nat gas and coal to manage the flux.

It's always been that simple.

Blogger JaimeInTexas February 19, 2021 9:21 AM  

One more thing. Now, the push to join our independent power grid with the national grid and to put us under Federal regulators. As someone once said "not let a crisis go to waste."
We need to make sure we maintain our power grid independence.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd February 19, 2021 9:29 AM  

Wrangler wrote:I agree back to wind, but army survival teaches the opposite. More fat stores on the front to insulate from the windchill.
Army is stupid and wrong.

Blogger sammibandit February 19, 2021 9:29 AM  

I screwed up. I meant South Western Ukraine doesn't get much snow.

Blogger JayD February 19, 2021 9:37 AM  

Curious how you were recharging your Tesla with no power.

Blogger Unknown February 19, 2021 9:55 AM  

I attended cold weather the survival and cold weather equipment operations courses in the Marines, both held in Wisconsin. In both cases staying out of the wind, not sweating, and layers were preached pretty hard.

As well, stay hydrated. The lower level leadership's main job is keeping people drinking water, because apparently people don't feel thirsty when cold.

Blogger Canadian Warlord February 19, 2021 10:00 AM  

Taignobias,
I don't know how it works in the USA, but in canada nuclear is BY FAR the most expensive dollars per kwh by something like a factor of ten.

If you can make it work without massive subsidies for massive government involvement, kudos to you. If it's licensed and has oversight, I don't see it working financially. Can thorium be used as it's not rich enough to make a bomb - perhaps no government oversight?

Blogger Ominous Cowherd February 19, 2021 10:00 AM  

Laconic wrote:Wearing a scarf is the equivalent to wearing an entire sweatshirt.
Wear a hoodie. Wear a neck gaiter. Your parka should have a hood with a fur ruff. Wolverine is best, but any fur is good enough.

Scarves are for warm climates, where people think 0F is cold.

Blogger teemac February 19, 2021 10:11 AM  

we are just at the tail end of a three week cold snap here in sask. -34 to -40 c every night, sometimes 48 with the wind. i love it. but a good wood stove is a life saver.

Blogger Seth S February 19, 2021 10:18 AM  

Im in central Texas but I'm from Cleveland and I've been skiing in Montreal in February in -30. It got down to 7 degrees. My house got down to 49 degrees but 2 blankets was plenty 3 and I overheated. I prefer one pair of thick wool socks they handle sweat and moisture better than cotton. Charcoal and matches saved me from having to go anywhere for food.

Blogger Damelon Brinn February 19, 2021 10:26 AM  

You're thinking of the city folk. They're freezing and moaning. We're rolling around out here in the country in 4x4's getting it done.

A generation ago in my area, power outages were always worse in the country. Trees going down on power lines made inaccessible by snowed-in country roads meant that power outages could last for days longer in the country than they did in town.

That script seems to have flipped, and I think it's because the rural co-ops are still run and staffed by white Americans who are competent and care about the quality of their work and the safety of their neighbors. White men out in the trucks, and white men and women back at the offices dispatching them. The electric companies that power the cities, not so much.

Blogger Doktor Jeep February 19, 2021 11:01 AM  

Will basic generator design be in Castalia's "Core Civilization" series?

Blogger Unknown February 19, 2021 11:02 AM  

We could have avoided this entire blackout; the state anticipated problems with the coming snow and ice, but had to ask permission from the federal government to ramp up power production because it would violate the EPA's emissions regulations. The feds said no, and 5 million Texans huddled in the cold and dark as the power grid went down.

https://tnm.me/news/political/the-disgusting-reason-that-millions-of-texans-spent-the-night-without-power/

We finally got permission from our lords and masters in Washington to increase power production and end the rolling blackouts on Thursday, via an emergency order:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-15/pollution-limit-waived-for-texas-power-plants-in-emergency-order

Back when Texas did things the Texan way because we know what we need best, everything was fine. But for some retarded reason we gave in during the Obama admin and started listening to Washington, and now look where it's gotten us.

Biden, to my knowledge, hasn't once spoken publicly about the emergency in Texas. Instead, the news talks about how he's playing Mario Kart in Camp David. As if that senile pedophile could figure out how a video game works, or as if it's newsworthy if he does. The emergency was declared on Monday and was expected before then; the feds sent help on Thursday in the form of 60 generators and 1,000 single-use, disposable wool blankets (the felted ones that fall apart immediately upon use). Thanks for the help guys, we couldn't have done it without you.

This is clearly punishment for refusing to go blue in the 2020 election, just like the proposed travel ban for Florida, when New York and California have far worse problems with the plandemic. Washington not only doesn't give a crap about Texas or any other state, they're actively trying to sabotage and harm us. It should be increasingly obvious that Texas needs to do things the Texan way, not the federal way, and that secession should be seriously considered. We can go it on our own, once we undo all the damage giving in to Washington has done, better than we can go it with 'help' from the federal government.

Blogger Unknown February 19, 2021 11:07 AM  

Taignobias wrote:From my power engineer friends: wind costs far, far more per kwh than pretty much anything else. Any given turbine spends half its life out of commission, waiting for repairs and maintenance.

Imagine if we cut our losses, tore down a wind farm, and set up another nuclear generator. Baseline power for pennies on the grand. Use chemical batteries like nat gas and coal to manage the flux.


Get rid of the damn wind farms, they're useless and expensive wastes of space. Build more nuclear plants, especially thorium. Get East Texas back off the Eastern Interconnect, and West Texas back off the Western Interconnect, and go back to Texas being its own, completely separate, power grid once more. Tying ourselves to other states just lets them drag us down with them when something goes wrong, like that big power outage New York had a few years ago that wiped out multiple states because of one outage.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella February 19, 2021 11:13 AM  

A Texas senator from Plano is calling a hearing on ERCOT next week. Paxton + Plano guy= a mean hearing. Just a mean, mean hearing that gets things done. "Mean" means it works for regular Texans, not so much for out of staters.

Kids are okay with heads on pikes, after living through this. One was a peaceful, happy leftist. But she has research skills, so now she's all in on old school punishments, since she's had four days of old school environment.

Seriously, when I had college applications back when, I deliberately did not go to the Yankee acceptances because I could not imagine surviving the cold as a poor Southerner. Irritatingly enough, I'm back to poor Southerner, and it was a close run thing this past week. More than half of having food was my new friend from New Jersey calling to tell me to put food on the balcony. I put the frozen goods out. It didn't occur to me that power would be out for days. It has always been six hours, even with power lines down. So there's the prepped fridge full of humidly bacterial food in the fridge.

The second part was my son has a jacket and hat that I bought him for Christmas. It is literally the heaviest jacket he has ever owned in his entire life. It was on sale (32 degrees- they sell shirts at Costco- and have a website sale) It looked Christmasy, I wanted him to be comfortable in college. It never occurred to me that it would be essential. He's the one person who can go outside and fetch food. The jacket was on sale for $50, and it was also the most I've ever spent on Christmas for him. That whole poor thing isn't a joke. $10 at Michael's for Christmas was usual for their childhood.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella February 19, 2021 11:24 AM  

What are silver socks? Socks with actual silver spun into the yarn? Or a brand?

Blogger DonReynolds February 19, 2021 11:32 AM  

About ten years ago, I spent most of the year in what used to be called East Germany at their main port city on the Baltic...Rostock. I was a tag-along with girlfriend and she was working for Nordex, the windmill manufacturing subsidiary of BMW automaker.

During one of my return trips to the US, I ended up in one of those long lines at the airport in front of a cute young thing and we struck up a convo to pass the time. She was a recent grad with a Masters degree in Environmental Science and was very pleased to have landed her first job as an environmentalist. I told her that was terrific and no-doubt exciting. Maybe she could answer just one question I have always had about environmentalism. She put on her glasses to look professional, then I asked her..."WE all want to help the environment, so just which form of energy do you accept?" What do you mean, she asked? Well... you don't like hydroelectric dams, because it might be bad for canoeing; you don't like nuclear, because of Hiroshima; you don't like coal-fired, or natural gas-fired power plants, because of the ozone layer; you don't like windmills, because they are noisy and ugly and kill birds....so which form of energy would you approve? She said.."I don't know." C'mon, surely there must be something, we cannot even burn firewood, or wood chips, or coal, or pellets. Which form of energy would you approve of? By this time, she is getting really annoyed and the crowd around us was really quiet and watching intently. Then slowly the crowd started clapping until it was everyone around us.

The truth is... there is NO form of energy that environmentalists would approve. None. Not even the ones they "had rather". They hate those too and can find enviro fault in all of them if you give them a few minutes. Now things are only going to get more critical, no pun intended....with environmental "justice" considerations and "equity" nonsense. These are the nay-sayers.

Blogger Unknown February 19, 2021 11:55 AM  

Damelon Brinn wrote:You're thinking of the city folk. They're freezing and moaning. We're rolling around out here in the country in 4x4's getting it done.

A generation ago in my area, power outages were always worse in the country. Trees going down on power lines made inaccessible by snowed-in country roads meant that power outages could last for days longer in the country than they did in town.

That script seems to have flipped, and I think it's because the rural co-ops are still run and staffed by white Americans who are competent and care about the quality of their work and the safety of their neighbors. White men out in the trucks, and white men and women back at the offices dispatching them. The electric companies that power the cities, not so much.


A friend retired as a mid level exec from one of the two big electrical companies in Michigan. He had started as a lineman and went to college and worked his way up.

That door closed after he did it. Starting in the 90s both companies were required by the state commission and the feds to hire mostly blacks, depending on the hiring class. Except blacks won't climb ladders or go underground, and barely will work in the buckets.

So both companies kept hiring more and more contractors to do the actual work. The remaining white employees bump jobs as far away from blacks as they can get.

And only desperate white contractors will take assignments in darkest Detroit or Pontiac or Flint.

Blogger TechieDude February 19, 2021 12:05 PM  

I live in DFW. The third world that hit us is the buffonery and incompetence all around. And I'll tell every loudmouth yankee to STFU and go home. This is a once in a lifetime event here. If you think connecticut handled things better, go back.

Otherwise, monitor the weather and prepare. Every few years there's always an extreme weather event that'll smash your stuff. This year it's cold. Then it'll be tornados/wind storms, then hail. Prepare. It's the payoff for living in a fairly temperate climate.

By far the worst-but-funniest are those posting on NextDoor - "My pipe burst! How do I turn off the water!" (I'd say, call someone rather than posting) "I need to turn off the water, can anyone lend me the tool?"

FFS, you own a home, or even rent, you have to know how to shut off utilities.

I myself read the weather and prepared. But in a twist of serendiptiy, I'm on the same grid as a firestation, water plant, and city hall. I've endured the traffic along my property for years, now, begin where I am paid off as I"ve had 24 hour electricity.

Still buying a generator though...

Blogger Jeremy February 19, 2021 12:21 PM  

People do not have that stuff. They literally don't have it.

I work outside all winter, and all the stuff I own in proper layers would barely make that comfortable for a long period of time.

Blogger map February 19, 2021 12:43 PM  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ9t25kQf1s

Good video on layering clothing.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella February 19, 2021 1:16 PM  

Oh, yeah, it was a Dem that federalized country power grids. REA under Johnson.

Blogger Reader February 19, 2021 1:49 PM  

The power debacle in Texas was not simply a matter of how to survive the cold. It was a matter of "what the fuck is going on here?!" Yes, we know how much colder it is where you're from. This was not about who can withstand the coldest temps. I keep my thermostat at 60, and turn it off completely at night if the lows are not below freezing. I have no problem being in sub-zero temps. This was not about who is the most prepared. Yes, we understand layers, we know about generators and fireplaces and candles and wool and all those wonderful things. We really do. This is about the very fucking real state of America and how it is falling apart because the people in charge of vital functions are fucking orcs put there by evil sons of bitches who don't give a damn about anything except their agenda. And it will only get worse, unless and until people start seeing things for what they really are.

Blogger Seth S February 19, 2021 1:56 PM  

The wind chill in San Antonio was -15, people there just have no experience with this.

Blogger stevo February 19, 2021 2:16 PM  

Growing up in Winnipeg, I learned that even without any high tech gear, you will be fine, I feel for Texans whose houses are not set up for winter conditions, but humans are very tough and the only people who freeze to death are usually extremely drunk.

Blogger Ahărôwn February 19, 2021 2:16 PM  

Up here in rural Ontario, families have been prepared since pioneer times. Generator to run the fridge/freezer/well pump, wood stove/insert, canned food, lots of warm comforters and parkas, and sewage on a septic tank. We heat with a fireplace insert, and baseboard heaters, as most houses were converted back in the 1970's when power was dirt cheap.

The power lines on my road are two wires strung to 50-year old cedar posts, and sometimes power will even go out on a nice spring day. It's surprising it works as well as it does, really.

Blogger Cwyn February 19, 2021 2:43 PM  

In fairness, this is the Polar Vortex settling on Texas; what was a hot weather desert just had the North Pole land on it. No infrastructure is designed for that sudden change to a radically different climate. In the southeast, we're subtropical swamps. If the pole suddenly move over here, we'd be in worse shape: Tree with limbs that can't hold snow and ice without breaking, external power-lines above ground (we're nuclear, but the lines will still be a problem), Water is integrated into the side of the houses, just like Texas.

Fact is, this is abnormal weather, and certainly not something Texas could likely afford to make plans for in their budget; the event is too rare. While the green BS isn't helping, power-lines and pipes were always going to have issues in this much cold.

@28 who needs cat litter when you have grits? Those work just fine.

Blogger eclecticme February 19, 2021 2:46 PM  

There is a lot of information and misinformation on the net. I hope time will allow them to be sorted out. The comments here on freezing nat gas contents were good.

I found this plot of power production in TX. Good to counter the idiots.
[img]https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ebb2d0f3d0e6adc8863168c0029521a15768df58254eac1f692c4864f107ab77.jpg[/img]
[/quote]

https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/usa/austin/historic

I noticed a step decrease in nuclear around Feb. 16. Also a drop in nat gas.
Some news says that the over loaded grid caused nat gas, coal, and nuclear to trip and go off line. This can be prevented by a controlled black out done in time as I understand it. Maybe the cold snap during the night directly caused some thermal drop outs or the snap stressed the grid which tripped some thermal plants off line?

Austin TX noon high temps and daily lo were, in Feb
9th 63 46
10th 43 37
11th 34 30
12th 32 30
13th 30 27
14 25 12
15 23 9
16 25 9
17 ?? ??
18 34 25?
19 ?? 21

Blogger JaimeInTexas February 19, 2021 2:50 PM  

@162
Ironic that LBJ was instrumental in Texas' grid being independent.

Blogger Unknown February 19, 2021 2:52 PM  

Cotton Kills - this is not necessarily true, if the cotton is dry. Cotton loses its insulation properties when wet. Wool still insulates when wet. But DO NOT GET WET if at all possible. The evaporation of the water wicks the heat away from your body. If the water freezes, then it sucks up the heat of your body trying to melt it. This is why you do not want to sweat.

Frost bite on face and extremities first shows up as white spots. Rub them to keep them warm and promote blood circulation.

For power generation, install an inverter on your vehicle. It converts the battery power to 120v. Use it with the car on idle so you don't drain the battery.

Use your generator/inverter intermittently. You can charge your cell phone, check e-mail, make coffee, microwave dinner and cool your fridge down in one or two hours in the am, then shut everything down until evening. The rest of the time, sit in the dark.

Your fridge will run until the temp reaches to proper point then it will turn off. No need to keep it powered beyond that. Twice a day is probably sufficient. It is insulated, but keep the door closed. Also, if it is cold outside, take the stuff you use frequently and put it in the shed or garage. It will stay cold. No need to throw the freezer food out in a cold induced power outage - just stick it outside! Fridge temp is about 37-35f, freezer should be below 20f, 5-0f is better.

Heat loss from the body increases where the blood is close to the surface: Head, neck, under arms, crotch, behind the knees and elbows, and extremities. In hypothermia, the body will lessen blood flow to the extremities in order to keep the trunk warm. Advanced hypothermia often results in feelings of warmth and well-being, with victims actually disrobing and running around.

Avoid alcohol and nicotine in cold conditions. It can flush blood to the surface where it will cool from the conditions.

Heat pumps will not work in extreme cold conditions. Often, neither will refrigerators.

Snow is 10 percent water and 90 percent air. It is an excellent insulator. If you are caught out, get some shelter, even if it is a snow cave, it will keep you warm enough to survive. You can start a fire on top of snow if you have some sort of platform between the snow and the fire. A small fire or even a candle can keep a show shelter cozy without melting the shelter away.

Blogger eclecticme February 19, 2021 2:54 PM  

In case I was not clear, what is the reason for the sharp decrease on Feb 16 for nat gas, coal, and nuclear in my above plot?

Tony Heller is good as usual. The whole video is good. At 6:10 in he shows the temp map from 1936. Same as now.

https://rumble.com/vdyz3x-the-root-of-the-problem.html
The Root Of The Problem
tonyheller Published February 18, 2021 363 Views

"You can ignore reality but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality" - Ayn Rand, See TX for but one example. See also her book title "The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution."

Blogger Cwyn February 19, 2021 3:06 PM  

@159 generator is a double-edged sword: it's loud if running and folks will know you have it. And the gas to run it. Short term is great. Long term trouble it's dangerous and likely to be stolen.

Not in the zone, but still have my Obama-prep. Adding more as I've gained more experience.

Blogger JaimeInTexas February 19, 2021 3:33 PM  

@153

Is there an article detailing the Federal "help" sent to Texas?

Department of Energy
Washington, DC 20585
Order No. 202-21-1

https://tnm.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/DOE-202c-Emergency-Order-ERCOT-02.14.2021.pdf

Blogger eclecticme February 19, 2021 4:37 PM  

"24. yoheeFebruary 18, 2021 9:04 PM ...
The Green Energy mania also impacts the system in subtle ways, see:
https://judithcurry.com/2021/02/18/assigning-blame-for-the-blackouts-in-texas/"

Best article I have read so far. In short, TX has an energy market but not a capacity market. There is little incentive and no law requiring utilities to have excess capacity, so they don't.

This is because a capacity market would work against wind energy economics. If a utility had to plan for and guarantee a minimum amount of power they would have to factor in an expected loss of units. if coal or nat gas the expected amount of loss is not that great. Maybe build an additional plant. For wind the loss can be 90% of normal output. See Europe. If wind had to pay for backup excess capacity that would expose the economic scam they are running, Instead they externalize the risk onto the customers. TX law could change this.

Blogger Gator McCluskey February 19, 2021 5:01 PM  

For you Texas folks, get yourself one of these, you won't regret it.

https://www.carhartt.com/category/carhartt-bibs-coveralls-cold-weather

Blogger Avalanche February 19, 2021 6:45 PM  

@124 "can someone please explain to me how AOC says climate change is responsible"

Silly Rowan, of COURSE no one can explain what AOC means... she's retarded AND evil...

Blogger Storm Rhode February 19, 2021 11:15 PM  

It's those shill dollars in her pocket using her like a wooden dummy. Biden has the same issue complicated by senility.

Blogger LSWCHP February 20, 2021 4:27 PM  

That may be the stupidest thing I've ever seen posted on this blog. Pretty much everything in electronics relies on that number.

Post a Comment

Rules of the blog

<< Home

Newer Posts Older Posts