Texas Gov. Greg Abbott falsely blamed the Green New Deal, which is not law anywhere, and wind turbines, which make up a small fraction of the state’s power production, for massive electricity outages caused primarily by gas and nuclear power failures, The Washington Post reports.
“This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America,” Abbott said as millions of people braced record cold in a state he’s led since 2015. “Our wind and our solar got shut down, and they were collectively more than 10 percent of our power grid, and that thrust Texas into a situation where it was lacking power on a statewide basis. ... It just shows that fossil fuel is necessary.”
This false narrative was echoed by other Texas Republicans.
“If this Green New Deal goes forward the way that the Biden administration appears to want it to, then we’ll have more events like we’ve had in Texas all across the country,” said former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Abbott is wrong:
Abbott’s claim was contradicted by his own energy department, which detailed how “most of Texas’s energy losses came from failures to winterize the power-generating systems, including fossil fuel pipelines,” The Post reported.
A lack of state regulations contributed to utility companies being unprepared for the extreme cold.
“Although renewable energy sources did partially fail, they only contributed to 13 percent of the power outages, while providing about a quarter of the state’s energy in winter. Thermal sources, including coal, gas and nuclear, lost almost twice as many gigawatts of power because of the cold,” The Post reported.
Democrats hit back:
“The infrastructure failures in Texas are quite literally what happens when you *don’t* pursue a Green New Deal,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“If we had a governor open to alternative sources of energy, Texas might be in a situation in which we have energy reserves to efficiently power our state, instead of the reckless leadership we have witnessed time and time again from Greg Abbott,” the Texas Democratic Party said in a statement.