The Great Texas Blackout Was Caused by a Failure to Ensure Supplies of Natural Gas

The Great Texas Blackout Was Caused by a Failure to Ensure Supplies of Natural Gas

ercot-natural-fuels-snowstorm“Let the Yankee bastards freeze in the dark” was a popular refrain among Texans in the seventies, who felt that the federal government was depriving them of their natural gas by compelling them to ship it to the Northeast and Midwest below cost. Yet it was Texans two weeks ago who were left to freeze in the dark, in their home state. Governor Greg Abbott and legislative leaders, who are ultimately accountable for overseeing the state’s electric grid, have sought to focus blame on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state’s grid operator, and have lambasted the group for its lack of preparedness. But to focus solely on ERCOT and the electricity system is to miss the key role played by the natural gas…View Original Post

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