(Tea Party 247) – As a massive storm brewed, and in anticipation of what this storm could mean for its residents, Texas begged for help and asked the Department of Energy to lift federal regulations that barred the state’s energy output. This was asked a week prior to what ended up killing many people in its wake.
Instead of listening to the pleas for help and responding in accordance, an Emergency Order issued by the Biden administration’s Department of Energy did just the opposite when the Texas energy grid operator ERCOT was given instructions to stay within green energy standards.
This was done by purchasing energy outside of the state and in turn was purchased at a higher cost. As a result, power output throughout the state ahead of the massive polar vortex was throttled. The outcome proved to be catastrophic and deadly.
On Sunday, February 14, Emergency Order 202-21-1 went into effect and showed the Energy Department was aware of the statewide disaster declaration put forth by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. At this time, ERCOT was making ready gas utilities in preparation for a likely surge in demand.
The order indicated that David Huizenga, Acting Energy Secretary, did not waive the environmental restrictions that would allow for maximum energy output. It actually ordered ERCOT to use all resources in order to stay within their acceptable emissions standards which included purchasing energy from outside the state, thus putting the entire state of Texas in potential dire restraints.
Is this what responsible governing looks like? I think not.
Let’s take a look at the money side of this decision. The order stated, “ERCOT anticipates that this Order may result in exceedance of emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury, and carbon monoxide emissions, as well as wastewater release limits.”
It goes on to state, “To minimize adverse environmental impacts, this Order limits operations of dispatched units to the times and within the parameters determined by ERCOT for reliability purposes.”
The order also instructed that an “incremental amount of restricted capacity” be sold to ERCOT as “a price no lower than $1,500/MWh.” That is an increase of over 6,000 percent over February 2020 prices when it was $18.20.
The Dallas Business Journal put a report out on Wednesday that, “Electricity on the Texas grid has averaged about $1,137.33 per megawatt hour so far in February, up from $18.20 per megawatt hours in February 2020.” This is according to data found from the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas. That’s the 6,000 percent increase as mentioned above.
Then, just days later, the Public Utility Commission of Texas set prices at a whopping $9,000/MWh!
This order put out by the Biden administration was done so with full knowledge that Texans could most certainly freeze to death in their own homes with no electricity and temperatures in the single digits.
This is outright negligence on the part of our leftist governing administration and they need to pay for their greed. And we’re supposed to believe the left when they say they are for the people and want to see America get back to, to, to what?
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