Texas Gov. Greg Abbott blames wind turbines, Green New Deal for power grid outages

February 17, 2021 ☼ texaspower-failureclimateliesgop

Source: The Washington Post

Link: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott blames wind turbines, Green New Deal for power grid outages

“This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America,” Abbott said to host Sean Hannity on Tuesday. “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.”

The governor’s arguments were contradicted by his own energy department, which outlined how most of Texas’s energy losses came from failures to winterize the power-generating systems, including fossil fuel pipelines, The Washington Post’s Will Englund reported. But Abbott’s debunked claims were echoed by other conservatives this week who have repeatedly blamed clean energy sources for the outages crippling the southern U.S.

ERCOT is contradicting the governor. Rightly so.