I've read/heard on the news that a big part of the problem is the natural gas froze in the pipelines because they are not adequately insulated. Apparently this problem was discovered some years ago but nothing was done because of the enormous cost. Bet they are kicking themselves now.
Nah. It's fine.@myst4au wrote:
You are correct. The freezing up problem was identified among others by the Feds in 2013 after a similar but smaller incident. Because it was the Feds, apparently Texas rejected the finding and proceeded to plod on as before. That decision caught up with them. Very sad.
These weak people should have saved up more money, eaten more healthy food, worked out, bought a spare generator for their homes, and had better genes. What's important is that the energy companies saved a few thousand dollars from not insulating their pipes so their executive's wives could get their hair done and a few extra pedicures and their kids had an extra semester worth of private boarding school.@ wrote:
Boyd said people who lack power and water should simply figure out a way to get power and water on their own, without turning to public departments and agencies that ostensibly exist to meet the public's needs. He offered nothing in way of constructive guidance to struggling families.
"If you are sitting at home in the cold because you have no power and are sitting there waiting for someone to come rescue you because your lazy is direct result of your raising," Boyd wrote, without regard for grammar. "Only the strong will survive and the weak will parish."
Maybe because they expected the company to do the right thing and weatherize/insulate their pipes?@Shop-et-al wrote:
So "Texas" did not provide comprehensive and otherwise adequate energy services. The masses were informed of this condition almost a decade ago. Why didn't people leave there in droves, and in protest? What is up with that?!
This was in regards weatherizing/insulating the power plants (which costs additional money), so it wasn't a personal home thing, Shopetal. Sorry if my wording made it seem that way. The power plant equipment literally froze, which led to them being shut down during the winter storm..@Shop-et-al wrote:
No private citizen could insulate their own place or turn on the tap? Is initiative against the law in Texas?
This assumes:@Shop-et-al wrote:
Again. The masses knew about that. Why did they stay?
If you had an opportunity to step off the train track before the oncoming train smacked you, would you stay on the track? Or, would you run away like a bat out of helll?
Lots of people had $10,000-ish electric bills. But, lucky for them:@ wrote:
Texans facing those unexpected bills were hoping that Texas' utility regulator would retroactively reduce the electricity market prices. But on Friday, the Public Utility Commission of Texas chose to let the charges stand.
It's quite nice they'll have the option of a payment plan. Very thoughtful of the energy companies.@ wrote:
The state's electricity companies have said they will work with consumers to set up payment plans. But so far, customers have had little luck getting the charges dropped.
Texas' energy blackout/price-gouging disaster is more of a microcosm of the corporate-political rot that has infested and take up residence throughout all of America. Moving from one state to another won't necessarily protect us from such instances of harm (thankfully, not so common as to entirely crush us common folk).@Shop-et-al wrote:
I take back what I said about people choosing to stay in Texas. Early in the covid era, they might have had to make a detour and/or quarantine for weeks at a time on their way to somewhere else. Now, the wee wonderment is: In a covid-free world, would a significant number of people have left Texas in search of better human-needed energy systems?