Is it Kyrsten Sinema's time to shine?
Surprise news from Washington last night: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D?-West Virginia) announced that they had reached an agreement on a bill that will address climate change, limit healthcare costs, hold down inflation, and put a little dent in the federal deficit, too. Since it includes measures that the Senate has been working on for months, the bill text is ready to go.
In a nod to the thing Manchin kept saying prevented him from supporting any version of Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda, the bill is named the "Inflation Reduction Act," although it would be terribly cynical to suggest that just renaming it was enough to get Manchin on board. But if that was what did the job, then Schumer clearly needs to do one more reconciliation bill that would extend the expanded Child Tax Credit for a full 10 years, pay for it (and then some) with another whack at the Trump tax cuts, and call it the Deficit Reduction Act.
The bill includes $369.75 billion for fighting climate change — mostly in the form of tax credits and incentives — so if it passes, it'll be the biggest investment in climate action the federal has taken to date. Dollar-wise, that total falls short of the more ambitious $555 billion for climate action in the House version of Build Back Better that passed last fall, but it's also $369.75 billion more in climate spending than we were looking at yesterday morning. A Senate fact sheet estimates the measures in the bill will "put the U.S. on a path to roughly 40% emissions reduction by 2030," helping to boost the US transition to clean energy and transportation.
The bill also aims to contain healthcare costs by authorizing Medicare to negotiate prices for prescription drugs, a longstanding Democratic goal; it also would cap seniors' out-of-pocket prescription drug costs at $2,000 a year, and would extend tax credits that have helped reduce Obamacare health insurance premiums. That latter bit is a big freaking deal, since without it, the tax credits, which were part of Biden's American Rescue Plan stimulus package, would have expired next year, meaning premium increases for folks buying health insurance through the ACA exchanges. It also would have been bad news for the midterms, since states would have had to notify policyholders of the increases this fall, before the elections.
The climate and healthcare spending would be paid for through the savings from the prescription drug measure, as well as by targeted tax increases, including a new 15 percent tax on corporate profits, that will bring in $739 billion over 10 years — enough to cover the new spending and to reduce the federal deficit by $300 billion, which appealed to Manchin's fiscal hawk impulses.
In a long statement, Manchin took credit for finally getting Washington politicians to take inflation seriously, and if that's how he wants to frame it, we're fine with him declaring victory while actually passing necessary legislation, well good for him.
Over the last year, leaders in Washington have ignored repeated warnings about the severe threat of inflation and the consequences of unprecedented domestic spending. Despite these concerns and my calls to give the country time to fully realize the impacts of such historic levels of spending and our inflation crisis, many Democrats have continued to push for trillions more in spending to meet a political deadline. As difficult as it is for some to hear, political calls to action that ignore the severity of the crises we face and will continue to face are a recipe for national disaster.
We must be honest about the economic reality America now faces if we want to avoid fanning the flames of inflation. At its core, the purpose of reconciliation is to get our economic and financial house in order. Contrary to foolish talk otherwise, America cannot spend its way out of debt or out of inflation. With respect to my position, I have never and will never walk away from solving the problems facing the nation we all love. I strongly support the passage of commonsense policies that reduce inflation and focus on the major challenges confronting America today and in the future.
Manchin declared victory over Biden's first-term agenda while he was at it, because nobody actually needs universal pre-K, childcare, family leave, reduction of child poverty, or any of it. He snottily dismissed the full year the president and fellow Democrats spent trying to get his vote, explaining that
For too long, the reconciliation debate in Washington has been defined by how it can help advance Democrats [sic] political agenda called Build Back Better. Build Back Better is dead, and instead we have the opportunity to make our country stronger by bringing Americans together.
OK, glad he may have gotten that out of his system, as long as he doesn't find another excuse to weasel out of the deal next week. (We're reasonably sure Manchin doesn't read Wonkette. If he did, he'd be a better person, like all our readers, who are smarter and better looking than most folks, not to mention far more resistant to hollow flattery.)
Why yes, there was also some good old-fashioned horse-trading involved in getting Manchin's support for the climate package: The joint announcement from Schumer and Manchin noted that they had agreed with Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) to "pass comprehensive permitting reform legislation before the end of this fiscal year," which the Washington Post explains amounts to an agreement to ease permitting requirements for pipelines and other infrastructure:
Such regulatory changes have to be tackled separately from Democrats’ spending package, given the rules under which lawmakers hope to advance their forthcoming bill. Manchin has in particular prioritized a drilling project in Alaska and a natural gas pipeline that runs through West Virginia.
Yes, that's fossil fuel stuff, but it seems an OK compromise in order to get the long-term climate action we need. Even better, if Democrats can hold the House and add just two new senators this fall — which polling suggests is possible — then Congress and the White House can conceivably murderize the filibuster and pass more aggressive climate measures in the next two years.
The Post also reports that Manchin's Democratic colleagues "sought an intervention from Larry Summers, the former treasury secretary who has been sharply critical of Biden’s earlier stimulus law," according to two anonymous sources. Manchin apparently found Summers's pep talk persuasive:
The two men spoke this week, and Manchin listened as Summers talked in detail about why Democrats’ proposed economic package — including its energy provisions — would not lead to higher prices, the people said. Manchin has on occasion consulted with Summers throughout the last year, and the senator’s allies have been adamant that his views have been consistent throughout the negotiations.
Also too, the reconciliation bill managed to stick a (metaphorical only) thumb in Mitch McConnell's eye by undermining one of the Senate Minority Leader's vows to never pass anything that might help Joe Biden, as HuffPo explains. You see, last month, McConnell promised he would absolutely not allow passage of a bipartisan bill that would boost US manufacturing of computer chips if Democrats insisted on passing any part of Build Back Better. Increasing domestic manufacturing of computer chips is a high priority for Biden, since international chip shortages have held back the recovery of the auto industry, which can't meet post-pandemic demand for new cars. The resulting high prices for new cars has been one of the top causes of inflation.
The Senate, in a rare moment of some Republicans actually doing something, passed a version of the CHIPS bill yesterday; it'll now go back to the House, which will likely pass it and send it on to Biden to sign.
But just hours after the CHIPS bill passed in the Senate, Manchin and Schumer announced their agreement on the climate and healthcare bill, which, whatever Manchin wants to claim, includes a lot of the climate parts of Build Back Better. SO neener, neener Mitch, NEENER NEENER.
McConnell doesn't seem too happy about being outsmarted. In a tweet last night, he wrote,
Democrats have already crushed American families with historic inflation.
Now they want to pile on giant tax hikes that will hammer workers and kill many thousands of American jobs.
First they killed your family's budget. Now they want to kill your job too.
Just to be clear: The bill is going to provide incentives that will create jobs and make clean energy more affordable. We'll follow up soon with a closer look at all the terrific climate stuff in the bill, which should create jobs and hold back inflation, with the not incidental benefit of keeping the planet habitable for large mammals, and even for large aquatic shelled reptiles, too.
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And Y2K? And HITLER?
Professional Internet Troll Matt Walsh, who may actually be an artificial brain in a box grown from Ben Shapiro's fingernail clippings, trotted out an extremely stupid reply to news that President Joe Biden is likely to declare the climate crisis a national emergency, which would allow Biden some latitude in using executive orders to address greenhouse gas emissions. As Evan already noted, Walsh's bleatings were part of a sudden spasm of rightwing pundits touting long-debunked climate denial tropes, as if the prospect of Biden taking action on climate had bonked them all simultaneously on the kneecaps. But we'd like to linger on what Walsh said on Twitter, not because it's all that worth debunking, but because the debunking provides a timely reminder that not only is international cooperation to address an environmental crisis possible, it used to be the norm and it can be again.
Walsh, who's probably smart enough to know he was lying and cynical enough to know his readers don't know or care, tried to imply that the climate crisis is just a big liberal lie,like other environmental crises of the past, as long as you ignore a few tiny details like science, law, and history.
\u201cThis was also back during the time when they scared school children into believing that "acid rain" was a real and urgent threat\u201d— Matt Walsh (@Matt Walsh) 1658315396
Remember when they spent years telling us to panic over the hole in the ozone layer and then suddenly just stopped talking about it and nobody ever mentioned the ozone layer again?
This was also back during the time when they scared school children into believing that "acid rain" was a real and urgent threat
And then, as is the ritual, the rest of Twitter jumped in to remind Walsh that ozone depletion and acid rain were both very real threats, and that both had been addressed and largely solved by international action by governments, including that bane of rightwing ideologues, regulations on businesses. It's that "Hey, we fixed it!" part of the discussion I'd like to focus on, so now we'll leave Matt Walsh alone to stand there in his wrongness and be wrong. He's not worth discussing, for the most part — except insofar as how science deniers like Walsh tried and failed to prevent action in those cases, too.
It's Not Our First Environmental Rodeo. Watch Out For The Bullshit.
The good news about both ozone depletion and acid rain is that science identified problems and developed explanations for what was causing those problems, and then governments took action to address the problems. That last bit, of course, was far from easy: Industries that would be affected by solving the problems resisted mightily, denied there was a problem, cried that the economy would be ruined by the proposed solutions, and lobbied like crazy to prevent action. And then the industries mostly adapted to the laws that were passed, while many of the very same lobbyists and rightwing "experts" moved on to denying other issues in an endless Circle of Bullshit.
If you have somehow not read Merchants of Doubt, by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, you should correct that gap in your knowledge, because a lot of the very same people and groups now fighting any action on climate got their start ages ago, denying that tobacco causes cancer or that pesticides could possibly be harmful to human health.
Fixing A Hole Where The Ultraviolet Light Gets In
So yes: Ozone depletion! For a good overview of the science and the history, take a look at this Smithsonian article, which goes all the way back to the early days of chemistry and atmospheric science, including the discovery of ozone in the 1830s. The ozone layer is an extremely thin part of Earth's stratosphere, way up there 12 to 18 miles above the surface, which absorbs ultraviolet light from the sun and keeps much of it from roasting us with cancer and badness. In the 1970s, scientists realized that the ozone layer had thinned almost to nothing over the South Pole, and they also figured out why: Chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons, used in air conditioning, refrigerators, and in spray can propellants, were making their way to the highest reaches of the atmosphere and degrading the ozone layer.
It took well over a decade for the science to result in action, particularly since manufacturers and chemical producers stood to lose a lot of money; industry, helped out by conservative small-government think tanks, paid for lobbying campaigns that sought to convince lawmakers and the public that the science wasn't settled enough, or that the problem was exaggerated, or that any attempt to address it would bankrupt industry and leave our refrigerators and air conditioners useless, and how do you think you'll feed your children if we can't keep the ground beef cold???
Even so, the world came together relatively quickly, as the UN Environmental Programme explains:
But in 1985, a hole was confirmed in the ozone layer over Antarctica. The world’s natural sun shield, which protects humans, plants, animals and ecosystems from excessive ultraviolet radiation, had been breached.
Suddenly, a future blighted by skin cancers, cataracts, dying plants and crops and damaged ecosystems loomed. There was no time to lose. Scientists had raised the alarm and the world listened.
In 1985, governments adopted the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, which provided the framework for the Montreal Protocol to phase out ozone-depleting substances, including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). The Protocol came into effect in 1989 and by 2008, it was the first and only UN environmental agreement to be ratified by every country in the world.
It was pretty amazing, really. Industry even figured out how to make new stuff! Heck, the UN even made a short movie about it, narrated by David Attenborough:
Since then, the Antarctic ozone hole has begun healing; it's estimated to be fully recovered by around 2050, assuming that Donald Trump doesn't uncover a lost cache of 1975-era hairspray in the Himalayas or something.
Also too, because the ozone hole is still recovering, and varies in size from year to year, you can still find plenty of lying liars who insist nothing changed at all. They'll cite partial information to claim it was all a hoax, or that banning CFCs did nothing — one dipshit in the Walsh replies posted a NOAA report from last year, noting that the 2021 hole was the 13th largest on record, to claim we hadn't fixed anything, even though the NOAA press release noted that the hole was "substantially smaller than ozone holes measured during the late 1990s and early 2000s" and that without the Montreal Protocol's ban on CFCs, the hole would have been "larger by about 1.5 million square miles," which is rather substantial.
Acid Rain, Some Stay Dry And Others Feel The Pain
The story was much the same for acid rain, as this BBC Future article reviews. In the 1960s, scientists started noticing that rainwater was far more acidic than it should have been, and oh golly, a lot of freshwater lakes were seeing fish die off because their Ph was all out of whack and the acidic water was killing off the eensy-weensy organisms the fish fed on. The culprit, it turned out, was sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from industry, vehicles, and especially from coal-fired power plants.
The BBC article has an amazing section on how Canadian researchers deliberately acidified a small lake and watched the effects: First the weird little freshwater shrimp died off, and then the fish stopped breeding because they were starving. The lake was far away from any pollution from power plants, and the researchers noticed something weird: After they acidified the water, it didn't stay acidic, and they determined that
alkali-producing microbes were capable of buffering some of the acidity, helping the lake chemistry to recover. That acid could be neutralised by bacteria living in every lake was a controversial finding at the time.
Hey, that meant that if you could cut the pollution, a lot of lakes would be able to start repairing themselves, too. But again, it took decades to actually make progress and force coal-burning companies to install scrubbers on smokestacks, because the usual gang of deniers polluted the public discourse with fear, uncertainty, and doubt: Do you want to sit in the dark just for the sake of some stupid fish? Eventually, though, the US and Canada reached agreements on emissions that might cross borders, and the US instituted a cap-and trade system that moved industry to clean up emissions. Yep, big government and burdensome regulation to the rescue again!
Also too, in the US, at least, some of the relief from acid rain may also have resulted from capitalism being horrible: Outsourcing and offshoring led to the closure of polluting steel mills in the Midwest; in China, which still relies far too much on coal, acid rain remains a serious problem.
Again, this is good news for climate. And while the scale of the problem is far larger, the solutions are all technically feasible, and better for public health and the freaking economy than doing nothing. We would be in far better shape if we and the rest of the world had started 30 years ago. At this point, some really bad effects of climate change are locked in by the concentrations of greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere. It's going to cost far more, and result in more disruption than if we'd gotten serious about greenhouse emissions decades ago.
But the costs of doing nothing also keep rising, so we need to look back at the Montreal Protocols and the reduction of acid rain and get busy. Don't forget to make fun of liars along the way, either.
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Also, no, he didn't say he has cancer, stop that.
President Joe Biden yesterday called climate change "literally, not figuratively, a clear and present danger" that has to be addressed with "urgency and resolve," and announced several executive actions he's taking. Biden stopped short of formally declaring the climate crisis a "national emergency," a move that would allow more aggressive executive powers, but made clear that's also very much on the table, and soon, holding out the slim chance that Congress might act first.
Biden spoke in Somerset, Massachusetts, at the site of a former coal power plant that's now manufacturing components for offshore wind power, to emphasize the energy transition that's needed to slow global warming. Here's video of the speech (oh, and a transcript, too):
Biden cited the most recent UN climate report, which called the climate crisis a "code red for humanity," and emphasized that the effects of climate change are already here, in the extreme heat waves hitting the US, Europe, and Asia. He noted that extreme weather events in the US caused $145 billion in damages just last year, including more frequent droughts, extreme wildfires, and stronger, more destructive hurricanes.
[Just] take a look around: Right now, 100 million Americans are under heat alert — 100 million Americans. Ninety communities across America set records for high temperatures just this year, including here in New England as we speak.
These climate-caused disruptions aren't just bad for the economy, he said; they're also a national security risk as military bases are affected, to say nothing of the geopolitical threats that will result as the planet gets hotter and less sustainable.
Since Congress isn't yet taking action, Biden said, he'll be announcing in coming weeks the details of executive actions he'll take, including that emergency declaration if necessary.
Biden also announced several things he's doing right now, largely with funds from last fall's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. He announced that $2.3 billion will go to helping communities nationwide upgrade infrastructure to "withstand the full range of disasters we’ve been seeing up to today – extreme heat, drought, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes."
And to help with the extreme heat hitting the South and Midwest, the federal government will roll out $385 million in emergency funds to "pay for air conditioners in homes, set up community cooling centers in schools where people can get through these extreme heat crises."
As for why he chose to speak in Massachusetts, that was clear enough: The former Brayton Point power plant used to be the largest coal-fired power station in New England, generating enough electricity to power one in five homes in Massachusetts. But along with all the other coal plants in the US (half of US generating capacity just 15 years ago, Biden noted), coal and other fossil fuels left a legacy, Biden said, of "toxins, smog, greenhouse gas emissions, the kind of pollution that contributed to the climate emergency we now face today."
Biden reminded his audience that the good old days were pretty damn dirty, nasty, and downright unhealthy, thanks to unregulated emissions. He said his climate advisor Gina McCarthy, who once served as a regulator in Massachusetts,
was telling me on the way up how folks used to get a rag out and wipe the gunk off of their car’s windshields in the morning just to be able to drive — not very much unlike where I grew up in a place called Claymont, Delaware — which has more oil refineries than Houston, Texas, had in its region — just across the line in Pennsylvania. And all the prevailing winds were our way.
And guess what? The first frost, you knew what was happening. You had to put on your windshield wipers to get, literally, the oil slick off the window. That’s why I and so damn many other people I grew up [with] have cancer and why can — for the longest time, Delaware had the highest cancer rate in the nation.
And no, Biden was almost certainly not saying he now has cancer; he's previously disclosed that before he became president, he's had non-melanoma skin cancers treated.
Biden shifted to explaining that we don't have to remain in the gunk, because clean energy. The Brayton Point plant will now manufacture cables to be used in offshore wind power, and the cable manufacturing enterprise "will mean good-paying jobs for 250 workers — as many workers as the old power plant had at its peak." And when a major offshore wind complex is up and running, those cables will tie into existing infrastructure to move clean power to the grid,
putting old assets to work delivering clean energy. This didn’t happen by accident. It happened because we believed and invested in America’s innovation and ingenuity.
That's absolutely the messaging we'd like to see more of, to counteract the dishonest claims that moving to clean energy would somehow be bad for the economy. The shift to clean energy, as we keep pointing out, is all about creating new jobs and wealth — but it won't necessarily go to the shareholders of existing fossil fuel companies, which have only had 40 years to change their business model, the poor dears.
Biden highlighted several other projects in which fossil fuel plants are being retired and the infrastructure being adapted for wind and solar, such as a former oil plant in California that's being converted into "the world’s largest battery storage facility" — and with union workers, at that. He noted that the Infrastructure Law has already invested $4 billion to help former coal communities make the transition to new ventures, and that
we’re investing in clean hydrogen, nuclear, and carbon capture with the largest grid investment in American history.
We’ve secured $16 billion to clean up abandoned mines and wells, protecting thousands of communities from toxins and waste, particularly methane.
We hope the administration will keep hitting that point and showing Americans that we're not only facing a crisis, but that the solution to the crisis is going to create jobs — and without all that crap on our windshields and in children's lungs.
Heck, to help people visualize how the green energy revolution is pretty damn cool, I'd even be willing to accept corporate sponsorship to convert my monstrous old 1973 Chevy, Vlad the Impala, to use General Motors' new drop-in electric drivetrain. I'm just that generous!
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Way to go, creaky old power grid!
In the midst of dangerous high temperatures caused by an atmospheric "heat dome" that's affecting much of the Southwest, Texas's power grid operator, the whimsically named "Electric Reliability Council of Texas" (ERCOT), called on Texans to cut back on electricity use in hopes of avoiding rolling blackouts. And while the agency says Texas hit a new unofficial peak in energy demand Monday, it also told the Texas Tribune that it now doesn't expect any rolling blackouts for the rest of the week.
Because of the high temperatures — over 100 degrees in much of the state — ERCOT on Sunday night asked Texans to set their thermostats a little higher and to avoid using major appliances and pool pumps from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. local time Monday. That seems to have been enough to avoid worse consequences. It probably also helped that, as Bloomberg News reported, most of Texas's bitcoin miners shut down their power-hungry computers in response to the call to conserve energy, freeing up one percent of the grid's capacity. The move's impact on the value of stupid low-resolution "art" is of no interest to us whatsoever, so let's move on.
The Texas Tribune reports that Texans actually did cut back on power use when asked to, instead of trying to shoot at the heat dome that's been causing record highs in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Arkansas as well.
On Monday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas set a new unofficial peak record of demand, a spokesperson said. Total power demand reached 78.3 gigawatts, surpassing the previous record of 78.2 set on July 8. Almost half of 1 gigawatt — or 500 megawatts — of demand dropped off between 1:56 and 2 p.m., the spokesperson said. ERCOT sent out a request late Sunday asking Texans to cut back their energy use starting at 2 p.m. Monday.
The heat dome also reduced the available electrical generating capacity in Texas by causing unseasonably slack winds, cutting wind generation of power to less than 10 percent of capacity, according to ERCOT, which predicts more wind power will be available the rest of the week. The Tribune notes that "Winds in Texas often drop during the daytime and pick up overnight, especially in the summer."
Also too, as Texas Monthly points out, the state's fast-growing utility-grade solar power sector "continued to set records for energy production."
“We’ve got twice the solar we had last summer, and something like three times what we had eighteen months ago,” energy consultant Doug Lewin told me on Monday. “We actually set another solar record today, and we set one yesterday. Renewables throughout most of May and June, as we’ve been experiencing extreme heat, really were the difference between [having] a whole lot of conservation calls and potential rolling outages and not having them.”
In a sane state, stagnant winds would be less of a problem since any shortfall in wind-generated electricity could be offset by buying power from other parts of the grid, but Texas decided decades ago to keep itself mostly free of federal power regulations by largely walling its grid off from the other two massive interconnected grids that make up the US grid. That, plus the decision to run the whole state's power system like ENRON, is why the freeze of 2021 left much of Texas's power grid in chaos, resulting in blackouts and hundreds of deaths.
As the Tribune notes, Sunday night's call for energy conservation was the first step in a series of measures the grid operator uses when generation capacity is in danger of falling short of demand.
The next step is for the grid operator to tell the public the grid could be in serious condition, and Texans need to cut back electricity usage in order to help the grid. If the grid’s conditions still don’t improve, ERCOT would then implement controlled, rotating power outages, in which Texans in some areas could lose power for up to 45 minutes at a time.
ERCOT's call for conservation Sunday only noted that there might be shortages of reserve power, not that rolling blackouts were a possibility, and that second level of warning didn't become necessary. More on the various stages of Oh Shit!here, at Houston Public Media.
That said, it's still just the second week of July, and As the Tribune points out, that climate change stuff is here whether elected Republicans will acknowledge it or not.
The average daily minimum and maximum temperatures in Texas have both increased by 2.2 degrees Fahrenheit in the last 125 years. The state just saw its hottest December on record since 1889.
Texas is facing extreme heat conditions this year, with much of the state under temperatures above 100 degrees. As of Monday morning, the National Weather Service has issued heat advisories or excessive heat warnings for 154 of the state’s 254 counties. Some regions are breaking heat records: On Sunday, Austin hit an all-time record high for July at 110 degrees, while San Antonio saw the hottest temperatures on record in the city at 106 degrees.
Municipal governments around the state turned up the thermostats in city buildings and paused use of some electricity-hungry equipment at water plants, like pumps the San Antonio Water System uses to return recycled water back into the San Antonio River. San Antonio also temporarily drew water from only one of the three aquifers it usually relies on.
Renae Eze, a spokesperson for GOP Gov. Greg Abbott, said that demands for electricity have set records 26 times since May of this year, but spun that as a demonstration of the awesome success of what were really very modest grid reforms passed by the state legislature last year. But let's celebrate the great job Abbott is doing protecting the grid from women seeking abortions and from transgender teenagers, who probably use more power by being on Instagram or something.
Beto O'Rourke, Abbott's Democratic opponent for governor in November's election, wasn't especially impressed by how brilliantly Texas's grid was just barely staying stitched together. When the request to cut back on power usage went out Sunday, O'Rourke tweeted:
\u201cThe governor of the 9th largest economy on earth \u2014 the energy capital of the world \u2014 can\u2019t guarantee the power will stay on tomorrow. \n\nWe need change.\u201d— Beto O'Rourke (@Beto O'Rourke) 1657509716
The governor of the 9th largest economy on earth — the energy capital of the world — can’t guarantee the power will stay on tomorrow. We need change.
Then Monday, as everyone on Twitter was wondering where Ted Cruz would head for vacation this time, Beto again called for real improvements to the grid, which has been one of the major themes of his campaign:
\u201cWe can\u2019t rely on the grid when it\u2019s hot.\n\nWe can\u2019t rely on the grid when it\u2019s cold.\n\nWe can\u2019t rely on Greg Abbott. It\u2019s time to vote him out and fix the grid.\u201d— Beto O'Rourke (@Beto O'Rourke) 1657548279
We can’t rely on the grid when it’s hot.
We can’t rely on the grid when it’s cold.
We can’t rely on Greg Abbott. It’s time to vote him out and fix the grid.
Soo hooray for Texas for scraping by this time, and let's hope the rest of the summer isn't very warm, because why would it be?
Also, to help prevent strain on the national grid during this heat dome event, let's all reduce energy usage by not wasting any electricity on tweets or blog comments saying "let Texas secede," because come on, the way better thing would be for the state to turn blue, and maybe someday even join the national damn grid.
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