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2 minutes ago, prdctvsm said:

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Isn’t  @joshuatxuk living there? And @Atop? Who else...I feel like C Brown (I do miss his mixes) is there too. Whatevs. Hope all Texans are making it through despite the republicans’ best efforts to fuck things up. 

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texans going through some real shit right now w/this crazy weather. it's ok though. ted cruz is heading to mexico.. he's going to collect warm air and bring it back. 

the zodiac has spoken. 

 

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Texas has been on the verge of a failed state for years. 3 incompetent white male Republican Governors in a row saw to that. Bush, Perry and Abbott helped deregulate everything but the kitchen sink, gutted the ACA in Texas, refused free federal Medicaid expansion, their power grid as we’ve seen is a profit based joke, with no regard for public safety or even minimum standards, let ICE run wild in their state, and pretty much created an “every man for himself” culture of racism and ignorance. Bush almost tanked the world economy with his asinine deregulation of the sub prime housing market once he was POTUS. Fuck them all, and his ugly ass dog paintings.

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1 hour ago, Rubin Farr said:

Texas has been on the verge of a failed state for years. 3 incompetent white male Republican Governors in a row saw to that. Bush, Perry and Abbott helped deregulate everything but the kitchen sink, gutted the ACA in Texas, refused free federal Medicaid expansion, their power grid as we’ve seen is a profit based joke, with no regard for public safety or even minimum standards, let ICE run wild in their state, and pretty much created an “every man for himself” culture of racism and ignorance. Bush almost tanked the world economy with his asinine deregulation of the sub prime housing market once he was POTUS. Fuck them all, and his ugly ass dog paintings.

 

 

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I wonder what Joe Rogan thinks of Texas now. Wasn't he critical about California/LA and preferred the Texas way of governing society?

Hope our fellow Texans are alright though. As if the corona pandemic wasn't enough already. Geez..

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1 hour ago, Satans Little Helper said:

I wonder what Joe Rogan thinks of Texas now. Wasn't he critical about California/LA and preferred the Texas way of governing society?

he should just do what lion ted did and take a vacay south of the border, wait until someone fixes everything and come back 

 

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I don’t think I’ve ever been so angry about something in my life...and I’ve lived through disasters and mismanagement in Houston for years.

My family and I have been on a year hiatus for my wife’s job up in St. Louis, but are supposed to move back down there by summer i.e. hurricane season.

Right now 90% of my friends, family (including almost 90 year old grandmother), and former students I taught that I have reached out to are either without power, water, or both. Still.

People are suffering and dying there - rich and poor. This “fiercely independent” culture has left this state completely unprepared for climate change and have left millions of people completely vulnerable. 

I’m terrified of the future and am scared that I won’t be able to protect my family.
 

Oh...and FUCK Ted Cruz.

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2 minutes ago, Extralife said:

I don’t think I’ve ever been so angry about something in my life...and I’ve lived through disasters and mismanagement in Houston for years.

My family and I have been on a year hiatus for my wife’s job up in St. Louis, but are supposed to move back down there by summer i.e. hurricane season.

Right now 90% of my friends, family (including almost 90 year old grandmother), and former students I taught that I have reached out to are either without power, water, or both. Still.

People are suffering and dying there - rich and poor. This “fiercely independent” culture has left this state completely unprepared for climate change and have left millions of people completely vulnerable. 

I’m terrified of the future and am scared that I won’t be able to protect my family.
 

 

If anything, I hope some people come around and realize that civilization/government is there to help all of us. The rugged individualist is a bullshit way of living for anyone past the year 1900.

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anyone interested in a good short overview of what's going on in Texas: https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/02/even-power-disasters-are-bigger-in-texas-heres-why/

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One key reason for this is because Texas maintains its own power grid largely in isolation from those of its neighbor states. In North America, most customers are served by two major grids that operate on the same alternating current frequency—one serving the eastern half of the continent (including the US, Canada, and parts of Mexico) and the other serving the western half. However, Texas—along with Quebec—both maintain power grids that are largely separate from these larger networks.

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A somewhat larger surprise was that Texas also lost nuclear and coal capacity. Rick Perry, while at the Department of Energy, tried to pay coal and nuclear plants to keep fuel stored onsite (a policy that ended up being rejected), under the assumption that it would ensure a reliable supply of energy. Clearly, that didn't work out. And there's some reason to expect it wouldn't help in cases like this, as giant piles of coal can completely ice over in cold weather, making it difficult to use.

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Over the course of Wednesday, ERCOT seems to have brought roughly 7 Gigawatts of generating capacity back on line, and supplies have continued to ramp up on Thursday. Its measure of demand has also gone up, but that's not an indication that actual demand is lagging supply; instead, it means more areas of the grid are receiving power. In other words, ERCOT is still managing demand by keeping power cut off to many locations.

i saw joshuatx on IG posting some updates earlier in the week, and the weather around here is starting to warm up today and over the next few days to winter levels we're all more used to (i'm just over the border in Louisiana and am lucky to have had next to zero problems) so hope all those Texas WATMMers are well :catsalute:

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What I'm reading about Texans' upcoming electric bills is sobering. Some people charged $450 for ONE DAY of power, prices on Monday soared to $9,000 per megawatt hour. I'm afraid we'll see yet another wave of suffering as these residents will have no recourse to pay their bills, because if they don't, their power could be cut off again. 

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1 hour ago, Rubin Farr said:

What I'm reading about Texans' upcoming electric bills is sobering. Some people charged $450 for ONE DAY of power, prices on Monday soared to $9,000 per megawatt hour. I'm afraid we'll see yet another wave of suffering as these residents will have no recourse to pay their bills, because if they don't, their power could be cut off again. 

i lived in california during Enron and the power bill fluctuations were crazy. My work's power bill doubled some times with no changes in usage. there were also all kinds of 'freelance operators' making individual deals with customers for different power sources.. usually green energy solutions that were kinda bogus. this is in the late 90s early 00s. I lived in a 2 bedroom apt at the time and one month our powerbill would be $90 and the next month it would be $300.  we didn't have AC. most people didn't have AC in san diego. when the power grid/sources aren't regulated you get all kinds of instability and always money flowing up to a handful of people. 

 

btw all this dovetails so conveniently with new adam curtis doc series. amazing timing really.

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1 hour ago, Rubin Farr said:

What I'm reading about Texans' upcoming electric bills is sobering. Some people charged $450 for ONE DAY of power, prices on Monday soared to $9,000 per megawatt hour. I'm afraid we'll see yet another wave of suffering as these residents will have no recourse to pay their bills, because if they don't, their power could be cut off again. 

still a lot of uncertainty regarding this, but yeah, I'm expecting we'll somehow get screwed over in the end. the $450 thing could have been a hypothetical, as I saw it mentioned in this article also:

https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/texans-variable-rate-electricity-contracts-paying-astronomical-prices-power/285-0c150cdd-eb76-4197-8695-aa6952e277b1

 

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When you sign a contract with an electricity provider, you get two options: a fixed-rate plan or a variable-rate plan.

The fixed-rate plan locks you into a set price per kilowatt hour of electricity.

A variable-rate plan charges you based on the current wholesale price of power, where supply and demand determines the rate.

This week’s extremely cold weather increased customers’ demand, while at the same time, generators lost the ability to provide the supply.

“That’s right. It’s a lot like shorts and puts in the stock market,” said Fred Anders who runs the website texaspowerguide.com.

He says the price of power went from 3 to 8 cents per kilowatt hour, to as much as 900 cents per kilowatt hour.

“For the average home in Texas, it translates to roughly $450 a day if they didn’t curtail their usage at all,” Anders said.

 

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41 minutes ago, ignatius said:

btw all this dovetails so conveniently with new adam curtis doc series. amazing timing really.

Thanks for this. Fascinating.

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