Biden refused Gov. Abbott's request to declare major disaster for all 177 Texas counties while DOE refused Texas Power Plants to operate at 100%
Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked president Joe Biden to declare a major disaster for the entire state and the president declared a major disaster for only 77 of 254 Texas’ counties.
Last Friday, Biden signed declaration that includes Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and other neighboring counties, which Jen Psaki called as the “hardest hit” parts of the state. But Texas officials definitely sought for more.
No explanations about the rest of Texas were provided neither from the White House and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, nor from Biden himself.
“I thank President Biden for his assistance as we respond to impacts of winter weather across our state,” Abbott said in a statement. “Texas will continue to work with our federal partners to ensure all eligible Texans have access to the relief they need. The funds provided under the Major Disaster Declaration may provide crucial assistance to Texans as they begin to repair their homes and address property damage.”
And what is more specific about this news. Just imagine if such a declaration was signed by former President Donald Trump. All major media would immediately kick off an anti-Trump campaign and would take to all 177 counties covering the stories of the people suffering the absence of heat, water, and food.
But while the ole Joe is occupying the Oval Office, no one will ever speak about this.
But now let’s assume. In the frames of the resumed “green power” agreement Texas’ coal and natural gas were allowed to operate only at 60% of their capacity and amid the severe weather conditions the state has lost much of its renewable energy like wind and solar.
We haven’t built a power plant in 10 years. That’s the problem. The “green energy” sources are not effective for the long term growth of our energy needs in Texas. Plus, ERCOT isn’t even managed by Texans. That should change!— CookieMan (@pcook102) February 21, 2021
Instead of backing up the situation to save the people, Biden’s Department of Energy proposed some power generation companies to opt out of their services if they raise the prices charged to Texans to more than $ 1,500 per MWh.
What caused the Texas outages isn't an engineering problem, or frozen wind turbines. It's a financial structure that offers no incentives to power plant operators to prepare for winter in the name of deregulation and free markets.— The Decolonial Atlas (@decolonialatlas) February 17, 2021
The truth is that the federal government controls how Texas generates electricity – the mix of sources and the capacity of each. The DOE requires that Texas’ fossil fuel power generators operate far below their maximum output.