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Title: A brilliant Texan architect's verdict on the big freeze (VIDEO)
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URL Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BnSz-AtLso
Published: Feb 23, 2021
Author: Carr
Post Date: 2021-02-23 11:21:20 by NeoconsNailed
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Views: 70
Comments: 10

Why the Texas Energy Grid FAILED | Fundraiser

The Texas Energy Grid was knocked down by a single winter storm. Residents are still dealing with power loss, natural gas shut offs, cuts to the water supply and burst pipes. Link to my Patreon page: www.patreon.com/Belinda_Carr​ http://">www.patreon.com/Belinda_Carr​

Chapters: 0:00​ Introduction 1:58​ Political reaction 2:49​ Natural gas power plants 03:22​ Wind power 4:13​ Coal, nuclear, hydro power 4:56​ What is ERCOT 5:31​ Preparedness 6:03​ Construction flaws 7:15​ Population growth 7:53​ Consumer awareness 8:47​ Conclusion

At 1am on Monday morning the entire state began “rolling blackouts” because the demand for energy was greater than the supply. Texas lost about 30% of its power-generating capacity which left over 4.5 million people in the dark. Many offices, schools and homes are flooded because of burst water lines which has lowered water pressure for entire cities. Natural gas leaks have caused fires, but low water pressure affects the ability to put out fires quickly.

Natural gas is 51% of total energy production in Texas. The pipes were not winterized because it was too expensive and the last time Texas faced such extreme weather was 100 years ago. Windmills account for 24% of the total energy production. These were also not winterized and were frozen. Wind turbines work in much colder conditions in Canada and Sweden because they have in-built heaters in the blades, gearbox, yaw and pitch motors and the battery. Blades have thin layers of heated carbon fiber and water-resistant coatings to prevent icing.

Next, coal accounts for 14% of total energy production. Several coal power plants also went offline because they either lost electricity or their parts were frozen. Nuclear power is 5% of total production. One of the two reactors of the Power Station in Matagorda County shut down because of freezing water. Solar panels which are 4% of total production were covered in snow and ice. Hydro and biomass account for 2% of the total production, I assume frozen rivers affected them.

The US has 3 main electric grids: the Eastern Interconnection, Western Interconnection and Texas Interconnection. ERCOT or Electric Reliability Council of Texas manages electric flows and payments for 85% of the state. They implemented the much hated rolling blackouts to prevent a more prolonged blackout for the entire state. Many are blaming the deregulation of the electric grid for this mess.

This was a freak, unexpected storm. People typically don’t even own generators here because there hasn’t been a need to own one. Most don’t have insulated roofs, just batts in the attic. Uninsulated copper and pex pipes froze in that unconditioned space. Almost all homes here have a water heater in uninsulated garages, so the pipes going to and from the heaters froze. We don’t even have a fireplace in our home. We can only rely on our gas and electric powered furnace. Many other people have natural gas furnaces that didn’t work when their supply was cut. Apartment complexes don’t have fireplaces either.

Texas is home to 6 of the fastest-growing cities in the States. This massive influx of residents has led to construction of hundreds of thousands of cheaply built homes and sprawling, energy-guzzling suburbs. Homes here are typically larger than in other states, and consequently consume more energy. All these factors are straining the crumbling, aging infrastructure. I live in an older neighborhood that has overhead power lines supported by leaning electric poles. These are more prone to power cuts than underground power lines.

We, the consumers, don’t value the bones of a home as much as we value the stuff that goes in it. Every home listing boasts about the new granite or quartz countertops, fresh paint and hardwood flooring. New insulation, wrapped pipes and ducts and conditioned attics are not sexy topics, but they are extremely important. People don’t rip out all the drywall and replace all the insulation in walls and attics when they flip homes. When we bought this house 2 years ago, we made superficial changes to it because insulation changes don’t have the same ROI as granite countertops do. That’s a change that we, the consumers, have to initiate. We have to value and demand better built homes.

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Poster Comment:

This very civilized lady busts up so many peecee myths I don't mind her having moved here from her native Dubai. There's always been room in America for some nonwhite presence. Her conclusion is the same as our absolute best commentator, Russ Winter of Winterwatch (the name a priceless coincidence): The crisis happened because bldgs and infrastructure aren't winterized in TX.

She waves off ppl blaming it solely on 'green' energy schemes but shows what a stupid fail they are, revealing that THE BLADES ARE INTERNALLY HEATED. (Was that in this video or another of hers? Watch 'em all!) Texas is exonerated in that such weather simply never occurs there. It's like expecting people in Nicaragua to build everything for Alaskan winters...... EXCEPT..... that TX had such a storm only 100 years ago.

I'm left wondering, tho -- are the 1000s of miles of in-ground and on-pole utility lines there supposed to be insulated like the hot water line in your basement? Or is this only about elements in buildings. Her classic on the fun and nifty but hopeless fad of shipping container construction:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7yEDz6bCfU

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#1. To: NeoconsNailed (#0)

It lasted a week. No big deal. Except where it was piled 4' or more deep, the snow is all gone. It is sunny and 70 degrees outside appropriate for short sleeve shirt and of course the girls are wearing shorts.

DWornock  posted on  2021-02-23   13:05:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: DWornock (#1)

Wasn't it a trauma for millions of ppl? Weather's so crazy now it could ezily happen again in another year or 2.

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-02-23   14:50:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: NeoconsNailed (#2)

Wasn't it a trauma for millions of ppl?

I live in Texarkana and although I got a call stating that due to the high load they might cut power for a few hours but they never did. I don't know that millions lost power, but I understand there was places in Texas where power was out for a while. Even then, it shouldn't have been a big deal since people could just drive to where there was power. The deepest the snow got in Texarkana was 14" and by morning it was 12" and dropping and certainly people were driving on the streets.

DWornock  posted on  2021-02-26   15:16:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: NeoconsNailed, gentle readers (#0)

So much bs in that article, believe at your own peril.

But if it keeps anyone from moving here, that's a good thing.

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2021-02-26   16:23:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: NeoconsNailed (#0)

Texas is home to 6 of the fastest-growing cities in the States.

Cancer grows swiftly also.

Soon Texas will be in league with CA and NY. Three of a kind.

Cynicom  posted on  2021-02-26   16:57:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Cynicom (#5)

My fear for a long, long time now. Texans, please comment!

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-02-26   19:42:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: DWornock (#3)

I have no idea what's where in TX and the freeze wasn't precisely Texas-shaped, but surely those ghastly news reports weren't made up.

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-02-26   19:45:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Lod (#4)

Many are calling BS, none are giving definitive details. Why would she lie?

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-02-26   19:47:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: NeoconsNailed (#8)

Because she has no clue what she's blabbering about.

That's all that I have to say about it.

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2021-02-26   21:06:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Lod (#9)

And obviously I should take an anonymous commenter's word for it over this building professional's whose videos get millions of views ;)

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-02-26   21:19:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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