Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) made a claim that was quickly debunked – after blaming the recent Texas power outages from a winter storm on the state’s refusal to fully buy into her multi-trillion-dollar Green New Deal.
“The infrastructure failures in Texas are quite literally what happens when you *don’t* pursue a Green New Deal,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Tuesday.
The irony of it all
It was quickly pointed out that AOC’s diatribe aimed at the oil industry to bolster her climate change alarmism campaign – touting her Green New Deal as its centerpiece – was actually the opposite of true … as Texas’ heavy reliance on alternative wind energy put it in its power outage predicament.
Fox & Friends co-host Will Cain pointed out how the government has been "subsidizing billions of dollars into wind energy for quite some time," while ripping Ocasio-Cortez’s unsubstantiated claim, which he discredited when he told The Faulkner Focus, “That’s nonsense."
State governments being too eager to jump on the go-green alternative energy bandwagon to appease environmental activists pushing the Green New Deal was blamed as the real culprit behind Texas’ massive power failures that left millions in the cold and in the dark as temperatures dropped into the single digits.
"The problem is Texas’s over-reliance on wind power that has left the grid more vulnerable to bad weather," a Wall Street Journal op-ed asserted on Thursday. "Half of wind turbines froze last week, causing wind’s share of electricity to plunge to 8% from 42%. Power prices in the wholesale market spiked, and grid regulators on Friday warned of rolling blackouts.”
Regardless, the left continued to point the finger on fossil fuels for climate and weather crises.
"Liberals blame gas plants for not covering wind's you-know-what when turbines froze amid surging demand," the Journal noted. "This is ironic since they seem to be acknowledging that fossil fuels are necessary – though they still want to banish them."
Fossil fuels to the rescue …
In addition to wind energy being highly inefficient, its exorbitant cost was also stressed, and as AOC failed to mention, fossil fuels came in to save the day when her highly touted wind energy failed.
Ironically, President Joe Biden – who just months ago announced that his green alternative energy agenda would be replacing the oil industry during his presidential debate against Trump – announced his Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would come in to save the day using fossil fuel to thaw Texas out of its deep freeze.
“[FEMA assistance included “60 generators to support critical sites like hospitals and water facilities …” The Hill reported.
Needless to say, the generators were powered by diesel – a fossil fuel – not wind turbines or solar panels touted by Biden and the left.
“Considering how frequently Biden and his Party like to trash the industry, it's notable that when the chips are down, the federal government – under Democratic control – turns to oil to save the day,” TheBlaze recounted from the WSJ op-ed.
“Natural gas and coal generators ramped up to cover the supply gap, but couldn’t meet the surging demand for electricity – which half of households rely on for heating – even as many families powered up their gas furnaces … Then some gas wells and pipelines froze.” the WSJ piece continued. "[There] was not sufficient baseload power from coal and nuclear to support the grid while baseload power is needed to stabilize the grid."
After Cain contended that prioritizing AOC’s Green New Deal solutions – as opposed to reliable energy – made Texas unprepared for the “once-in-30-year event,” he suggested where the Lone Star State should put its money so that it will be ready for the next big storm.
"So, if you're going to prepare for the future, and you're going to prepare for a cataclysmic event, what do you need to invest in? Do you invest in subsidizing wind, or do you subsidize insulating your natural gas pipelines? Do you subsidize storage at on-site facilities?” Cain posed. "The point is ... help what you know you can count on: base power, natural gas, oil and gas. We are subsidizing the wrong things. And so, AOC, let's finish this off with her, wants to lean into that."