The ‘go it alone’ state has had things drop in its lap….
The political idealism has hit the reality of cold weather…..
(Biden has sent FEMA to help out)
The state’s power grid is NOT attached to the rest of the countries….
The state gets cold weather….
But NOT like they have coming out of now….
Things are NOT good down there….
A crushing winter storm was the last thing that food banks in Texas needed.
The numbers of needy families had been rising because of the pandemic, and when the storm hit this week things only got worse.
Now, food banks are facing a drop in supplies from grocery stores, their main source of donated food. Transportation problems are cutting off distribution, and the demand for certain types of food, such as those that are ready to eat, has increased to meet the needs of people who have limited electricity and water.
“It feels like the pandemic all over again,” said Celia Cole, the chief executive officer of Feeding Texas, the state’s largest network with 21 food banks that reach all 254 counties….
In 1989, punishing cold weather that caused power failures across the state led to a federal study that spelled out how to avoid such a disaster in the future, by winterizing equipment the way more northern power companies do.
In 2011, after Arctic weather caused a series of rolling blackouts, the Federal Electricity Regulatory Commission (FERC) produced another report that warned Texas power companies and regulators again that they had to winterize their equipment. “The single largest problem during the cold weather event was the freezing of instrumentation and equipment,” it said.
That report, like the earlier one, was largely ignored.
“I am extremely frustrated that 10 years later our electric grid remains so ill-equipped for these weather events,” said the state comptroller, Glenn Hegar (R), who as a state legislator sponsored a bill a decade ago to prod the electric companies into preparing for winter. The bill passed but had little effect.
“We must address why, after 10 years have passed, are we in a worse position today than in 2011.”
The regulatory recriminations are coming after cold and snow that blew in over the weekend led to a much sharper spike in demand than the state’s electricity dispatching agency had anticipated, and at the same time the cold caused the equipment needed to run power generators to freeze up. One power plant after another went offline, and utilities had to “shed load,” or cut off customers, to keep the whole system from crashing….
Some are now moving patients to other facilities for their safety — if they can find anywhere with the ability to take them amid an ongoing pandemic and power emergency.
“No one hospital currently has the capacity to accept transport of a large number of patients,” David Huffstutler, CEO of St. David’s HealthCare, told The Washington Post in a statement early Thursday….
top image…Credit…Mark Felix for The New York Times
bottom image…Ambulances are lined up to transport patients from St. David’s South Austin Medical Center to other area hospitals on Wednesday. The building began losing heat due to low water pressure. (Bronte Wittpenn/Austin American-Statesman/AP)