AOC rips into Texas governor for blaming storm outages on the Green New Deal, saying his ‘failed leadership’ is the true ‘deadly deal’

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Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on Tuesday offered scathing criticism of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after he falsely blamed winter storm power outages on the Green New Deal and renewable energy sources. 

“I go offline a few days and return to a GOP Gov blaming policies he hasn’t even implemented for his own failures. Gov. Abbott doesn’t seem to have a grasp on his state, so here’s a reminder: Texas runs 80-90% on fossil fuels. The real ‘deadly deal’ is his failed leadership,” the New York Democrat tweeted. 

Ocasio-Cortez in a separate tweet said that Abbott “needs to get off TV pointing fingers & start helping people”

“After that, he needs to read a book on his own state’s energy supply,” she added.

Abbott had referred to the Green New Deal, a broad proposal to address climate change that hasn’t actually been implemented in the US, as a “deadly deal” while discussing outages in his state during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

“This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America,” Abbott told Hannity of the outages. “Our wind and our solar got shut down, and they were collectively more than 10 percent of our power grid, and that thrust Texas into a situation where it was lacking power on a statewide basis.”

“It just shows that fossil fuel is necessary,” he added.

I go offline a few days and return to a GOP Gov blaming policies he hasn’t even implemented for his own failures.

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Gov. Abbott doesn’t seem to have a grasp on his state, so here’s a reminder: Texas runs 80-90% on fossil fuels.

The real “deadly deal” is his failed leadership. https://t.co/a3YoEqks7K

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 17, 2021

 

Millions of people have lost power in Texas as the state and its neighbors contend with record-low temperatures and a fatal winter storm.

Though Republican leaders like Abbott have sought to blame renewable energy source for the outages, a senior official with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates the state’s power grid, painted a different picture.  

“It appears that a lot of the generation that has gone offline today has been primarily due to issues on the natural gas system,” Dan Woodfin, a senior director at ERCOT, told reporters on Tuesday, per the Texas Tribune.

ERCOT said 16 gigawatts of renewable energy generation were offline, the Tribune reported, while almost double that (30 gigawatts) was lost from thermal sources — including gas, coal, and nuclear energy.

Renewable energy shortages only accounted for about 13% of the total outages in Texas, Insider reported. In short, wind turbines are not the main cause of the Texas outages.

The primary issue in Texas appears to be that officials did not adequately prepare for cold weather. There are anti-ice systems available that can help wind turbines run through harsh winter temperatures. 

In tweets, Ocasio-Cortez portrayed Texas as a cautionary tale for leaders who don’t take climate …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

      

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