More than 2 million homes in Texas without power, another 400,000 in Mexico. (At 2½ people per home, that’s 6 million people trying to survive without power.)
Bloomberg News blames “climate change.”
Yeah, its’s climate change alright, but it sure as hell isn’t caused by CO2. How about a sun almost devoid of sunspots?
Blackouts are spreading across the central U.S. and into Mexico as an energy crisis caused by record cold deepens.
The operator of an electric grid spanning 14 states ordered utilities to start rotating outages to protect the system from failing amid surging demand for electricity.
“In our history as a grid operator, this is an unprecedented event,” the grid operator said in a statement Monday.
The brutal cold striking Texas “is emblematic of a world facing more unpredictable weather due to the rising impact of climate change,” says Bloomberg News. “The outages underscore how as the globe moves away from fossil fuels into an all-electrified system that relies more and more on renewable energy, the grid becomes more vulnerable too.”
In Houston, roads are iced over and there are long lines to refill household propane canisters. Firewood is selling out.
Large swaths of Dallas, Houston and other cities have been plunged into darkness as extreme cold and surging demand for heat pushes generators to the brink. The outages began as controlled, rolling power cuts but have cascaded into prolonged blackouts in some areas.
“We anticipate we will need to continue these controlled outages for the rest of today and perhaps all day tomorrow,” Dan Woodfin, a senior director for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, said during a briefing Monday.
The temperature at 5 a.m. in Houston was 18 degrees Fahrenheit. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area it was 5 degrees Fahrenheit. (It was 4F at my home just south of Fort Worth when the power went out at 6 am.)
Houston may pick up anther as 2 inches (5 cm) of snow overnight, along with ice and sleet, the National Weather Service said. Yet more ice and freezing rain is forecast for Wednesday.
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February 15, 2021 at 05:13PM