There is one fixed in American politics that involves the fore each time there’s a catastrophe on this country: opposition to the federal authorities. That reliably right-wing opposition to the feds is at all times behind each lethal catastrophe.. The horrific disaster in Texas is the newest instance of Republicans blaming a humanitarian emergency of their very own making on something unrelated to why Texans are freezing and dying.
The present Republican-caused catastrophe started way back and can doubtless by no means be resolved as a result of the GOP will continue unabated placing the “interests of the rich elite and vitality firms far above the welfare of the individuals of Texas.” The actual catastrophe is that when the subsequent election rolls round Texans will flock to the polls and reelect the identical individuals liable for theit plight immediately.
As anticipated, Republicans instantly blamed the dearth of electrical energy, clear water, and warmth on renewable vitality sources that make up a comparatively small slice of the state’s vitality wants. In fact Republicans refuse to acknowledge the present calamity was brought on by anthropogenic local weather change and Republican opposition to involvement with the federal authorities’s vitality oversight. As Associate Professor Daniel Cohan in the Division of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice College famous:
“Texas has chosen to function its energy grid as an island.”
What which means is that Texas can not import energy from different states even while its residents are actually freezing to demise. That’s as a result of Texas Republicans detest any federal rules regardless of the implications. Or as former governor and Trump vitality secretary Rick Perry stated:
“Texans would go longer with out energy [and heat] simply to maintain feds out of their enterprise.”
It’s extremely doubtless that Texans freezing and missing electrical energy would possibly disagree with Perry – at the least till the subsequent election. Inside a month all will probably be forgiven and they will gleefully plan to reelect Republicans against any form of regulatory oversight that might have allowed different states to share their electrical energy with Texas.
Texas vitality is underneath purview of the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) which was purposely created to be unbiased of any federal authorities oversight of vitality distribution. All as a result of Texas Republicans are intent of “retaining the feds out of their enterprise.” See, Texas is unbiased and nobody tells its worthwhile and unbiased vitality sector to winterize its vitality grid – as a result of regardless of local weather scientists’ predictions; it is going to by no means freeze in Texas as a result of the local weather shouldn’t be altering.
A colleague of this creator, a highly-educated man, blamed the freezing temperatures and lack of electrical energy and warmth on President Joe Biden.
In keeping with the dyed-in-the-wool Republican, President Biden pressured renewable vitality on Texas residents and unilaterally shut down pure gasoline strains, nuclear energy vegetation, and coal use as a part of his liberal socialist inexperienced new deal. After reminding the genius that the Biden presidency was barely a month outdated, the person nonetheless asserted that if the election wasn’t stolen from Trump, Texans could be heat with all of the electrical energy they needed.
It could be a tragic commentary if one state within the richest nation on the planet was unable to offer warmth, water, and electrical energy to its residents, however Texas might have offered those requirements if it was not run by Republicans. In truth, the humanitarian catastrophe in Texas proper now’s exactly what happens when a virulent right-wing Republican state government is violently against the federal authorities and doesn’t consider in world local weather change. Subsequently, Texans are struggling.
It might sound apropos to say that Texans get what they voted for and should undergo the implications of Republican opposition to the federal authorities. Nevertheless, regardless whether or not Texans need to admit it or not, they are American citizens and they’re struggling a humanitarian catastrophe. It’s time to present them only a modicum of compassion even when they did elect the individuals liable for their deaths and despair.
The actual concern is easy methods to persuade those Texans that it isn’t, as Republicans declare, renewable vitality or President Biden’s fault they’re freezing.
Sadly, it’s nearly sure that each Texas Republican working for workplace within the next election will probably be elected easily in the event that they promise to maintain the federal authorities out of Texans’ enterprise and oppose efforts to combat local weather change; the first purpose they are experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe.
Audio engineer and teacher for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of ladies, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of faith and notably, freedom of NO faith.
Born within the South, raised within the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.