As Texans faced record low temperatures this February and snow and ice made roads impassable, the states electric grid operator had lost control of the power supply, leaving millions without access to electricity. As the blackouts extended from hours to days, top state officials called for investigations into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and Texans are demanding accountability for the disaster.
Reports started coming in earlier this week that over half the wind turbines in the state of Texas were frozen and not producing any energy. This number grew into almost 3/4 of the turbines in Texas had frozen solid and weren't producing energy. The only wind turbines that weren't frozen were the turbines that sit in the Gulf of Mexico where temperatures didn't drop as low as the rest of the state. State officials began blasting the wind turbines and their inability to produce power when Texans needed it most. Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said, "We should never build a wind turbine in Texas". Of course liberal democrats were quick to come to the wind turbines aid and point the blame for power loss elsewhere. The fact remains that the 45 gigawatts total were offline, 20 of those 45 gigawatts lost came from the failed wind turbines and renewable energy. (numbers provided by the ERCOT) So despite the liberal left trying to shift blame onto oil and gas, almost half the states energy was lost due to frozen wind turbines and renewable energy. Oh but there is more.
Since the snow and ice started to accumulate across Texas, we heard mayors from across the state (San Antonio, Dallas & Houston) tell Texan's to reduce energy usage, turn off unused lights, don't crank the heater up so high, etc. At the same time, the lights in empty downtown buildings were lighting up the nights skyline, using precious energy that could have warmed your families home. It wasn't until day 3 of the power outages, before those empty buildings finally turned off their lights to reduce energy consumption, but by then it was too late, 21 Texans had lost their lives in the storm.
Meme below was not made by TITFF, not our grammar mistake.
Now for the ERCOT. The ERCOT operates Texas's electric grid. Did you know that a third of the Board of Directors for the ERCOT are not Texans and don't live in Texas? When Texas lawmakers found this out, they started calling for change, but Texans were already angered by this. No one should control the Texas electric grid that lives thousands of miles a way. One has to believe that if Texans were in charge of the board, things would have been a little different. The ERCOT even had to pull pictures of these board members in fear they would be targeted by angry Texans. Texas Rep Leech is drafting legislation that would require the ERCOT board to live in Texas to hold that position.
In San Antonio, Texas, mayor Ron Nirenberg boasted about the fact that he opened the Henry B Gonzales Convention Center to house 500 families who did not have power. Sounds good right? Unfortunately San Antonio has almost 2 million residents, so that 500 families wasn't much help at all. A drop in the bucket. When asked why there wasn't more facilities open (like the Alamo Dome, etc.), he responded that Covid was still a thing. So it's ok to allow Texans to die from lack of heat, but for God's sake don't break Covid precautions, you might kill people. Do you see the problem?
We will end this article by saying this, Texas needs to make some changes to ensure our power grid is capable of handling weather events like these. Although we rarely see storms like the one we are in now, we should be ready for them. In 2011 we had a winter storm hit Texas and yes we had rolling blackouts (although they weren't as bad as now), but we never fixed the problem. We still produce the most natural gas and oil in the USA, so lets protect those systems for cold weather, so we never have to face this problem again. In the same sense, we must get rid of our incompetent mayors who allow energy to be wasted on empty downtown buildings, just so they can look good from afar. Let's learn from this and correct these problems.
BATTLE OF THE ALAMO
Commandancy of the The Alamo
The Alamo should be remembered as the place where the Mexican Army, under command of General Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna, stormed a mission defended by a band of heroic Texans fighting for liberty, freedom and their independence. In rooms where priests had prayed, bayonets clashed with Bowie Knives and swords. Musket and cannon fire tore into the Alamo walls. By dawn, all the Texan combatants lay dead. Their sacrifice, on March 6, 1836, would immortalize them as legends, and turn the Alamo grounds into Sacred Ground.
Texans, we have a problem. While most Texans are distracted by National Issues like Biden being pronounced the POTUS, his executive orders, and the back and fourth between AOC & the Republicans, Texas Democrat House Reps & Senators are filing a pleather of bills attacking our Texas History.
HB1186 was filed on Jan 19, 2021 by Democrat House Rep Rafael Anchia. The bill goes after a lot of monuments, portraits & buildings. In the bill section 443.01527 reads.....
REMOVAL OF CERTAIN ITEMS FROM PUBLIC DISPLAY. Not later than December 31, 2021, the board shall remove the following items from public display.
Section 2. Section 2165.251(a), Govermental Code, is amended to read as follows...
(a) The space in the old State Board of Insurance State
(D) House Rep Rafael Anchia's bill is bad enough by itself, but there is more bad news/work for TITFF.
House Bill 86 was filed November 9, 2020 by Jarvis Johnson. The bill is aimed at abolishing Texas's Confederate Heroes Day & making .
Also Democrat House Rep Shawn Thierry filed HB 219 on November 9, 2020 that tries to eliminate Texas Confederate Heroes Day as well. The bill reads.....
Also in the Senate, Democrat Senator Nathan Johnson filed SB 129 on November 9, 2020 that wants to eliminate Texas Confederate Heroes Day & creates the Women's Suffrage Day. This is the companion bill to the House Bills listed above filed by Jarvis Johnson & Shawn Thierry. If you would like to read the bill in its entirety you can do so on the black button below.
Texans, we have our work cut out for us. We have been on the phone and in Senator Creighton's office since Day 1 of the 87th Legislative Session asking him to hurry up and file the Monument Protection Bill. His office has ensured us the bill will be filed soon. We have worked with Senator Creighton on this bill since 2017 and we have no reason to doubt him. Things just take time. Next week (Feb 8th-12th) TITFF will be up and down the halls at the capitol. talking to Senators and House Reps trying to gather support for this bill, so we can put a end to the destruction/rewriting of our Texas history. Over the next 2 weeks TITFF will start our email/phone call push on Senators & House Reps, this is where you will be asked to do your part as a Texan and apply pressure to those that need it. (Keep an eye out on our social media pages). We will say this, if you don't email these House Reps & Senators, if you don't make those calls, and this bill doesn't pass, you will have no one to blame but yourself for the loss of our Texas History. So please be a stand up Texan and do what is right.
We do have a bit of good news to report as well. (R) House Rep Steve Allison has filed HB 446. He filed this bill on Nov 10, 2020. The reads......
Basically (R) Rep Steve Allison's bill increases the criminal penalty from $750-$150,000 if the property damaged or destroyed is a public monument for the offense of criminal mischief involving the damage or destruction of a public monument. This bill is great if the local PD's will arrest the person and the DA will prosecute them.
We hope this info was informative and we hope to see more of you get involved with TITFF so we can stop these History erasing bills and protect our history once and for all.