posted on Feb, 20 2021 @ 02:33 PM
Well, after reading all the replies, I'd like to offer my theory about what went wrong in Texas, why (I think) it went wrong, and how it can be
prevented in the future. Be advised, my response here may not be what you expect...at all!
Before I start though, I'd like to say I am more than a little surprised at many of the responses. Very few of them were what I expected. No need to
go into detail about what I did expect as it will only distract from what I'm about to say now. Many people touched all around the edges of the real
problem, but no one responder actually called it outright. And, how do I know what I'm about to say? Because I've seen it happen, right before my
eyes in another state, my home state of Wyoming. Alaska as well. And, it's happening again too!
Here's what I think the problem was/is...and it should be a lesson to all of us, not just Texans. I certainly hope Texans are a little humbled
by it, but then again we all should be.
The people of Texas fell into a trap. The trap? Politics. That, and ever thinking you can win against establishment bureaucracy in Washington DC.
Texan bravado may have contributed, but any state is just as exposed. Oil is gold, and Texas is oil. It's not only about oil though; no, it's about
any valuable commodity, service or industry in any given state. In any case, we'll use oil and Texas here. I think you'll quickly see how this could
apply anywhere. So, let's dive in.
Oil is gold, and Texas is oil. The petroleum industry is the principle business in Texas...it's where the money is. And, when there's money the DC
establishment crooks are not far behind. When they can't get their fingers into everyone's pie, they become obstructionists and throw roadblocks.
When this happens major industries placate those obstructionists by caving in to some of their demands to make them go away and stay out of their
hair. In Texas, as it relates to power, it was things like solar, wind and other green initiatives. So, while everyone was out working on the rigs,
no one was watching the company store. In other words, while everyone was happily out working in a booming industry, no one was paying enough
attention to things like the DC bureaucrats (through environmental threats, etc.) completely destabilizing the power distribution grid. The
establishment bureaucrats didn't do this intentionally, they did it because THEY'RE A BUNCH OF BUMBLING, CROOKED, IDIOTS! Period.
With alternate sources of energy people became complacent, even utility companies. Power plants fell into disrepair, but there was no urgency because
there were...alternate energy sources. What's one of the biggest risks associated with green energy like solar and wind? Extended weather events
just like what has happened recently. BOOM...instant catastrophe! So, while there may have been alternate sources of energy, those sources aren't
really considered reliable alternate sources (not from a utility perspective).
Imagine for a moment how much less of a disaster this whole event would have been in Texas if it were not for the power outage issue. Power would
have stayed on and people would have had heat, and more importantly...water! Sure, it would have been cold, and the roads still would have sucked,
but so what?
I could write a book on issues like this. I've seen it in Wyoming, Alaska, and more recently North Dakota. We all saw it in New Orleans, LA. When
the big industries cave in to the greenies and allow the establishment bureaucrats to undermine their infrastructure, that infrastructure eventually
fails. But who is to blame, is it just the industries? NO! No, it's not. Everyone is to blame. Why? Because they let it happen right under their
noses, on their watch. Sure the petroleum industry is responsible, but so is are the power plants, and so are the planners, engineers and municiple
managers. Ultimately, it's "the people" who allow these things to happen, the voters.
Texas is not unique. They were just in the wrong place at the right time. And every state, to a lesser or greater degree, is in exactly the same
boat. Smokey the bear used to say..."Only YOU can prevent forest fires!" And what happened in Texas was akin to a forest fire, what should
have been a minor brush fire event conflated itself into a massive catastrophe.