"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh plus winter in Texas & impeachment follow up
Mother Nature sent Texas a reality check
Well, the lights went out and came back and went out and came back. Welcome to mid-February 2021 in Texas.
Why in the world did this happen? I thought that we had all that oil in West Texas! What are we doing using wind turbines to keep us warm? Who came up with that crazy idea? Turbines?
I think that all of us got a lesson this time about relying on wind and solar options. They always look better on paper and graphs than they really are. In other words, they are not as reliable as coal, oil, or nuclear power during extreme weather conditions.
The good news is that the public is up in arms. Governor Abbott has put the issue at the top of the Legislature’s agenda:
“The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has been anything but reliable over the past 48 hours,” said Abbott on Tuesday. “Far too many Texans are without power and heat for their homes as our state faces freezing temperatures and severe winter weather. This is unacceptable. Reviewing the preparations and decisions by ERCOT is an emergency item so we can get a full picture of what caused this problem and find long-term solutions. I thank my partners in the House and Senate for acting quickly on this challenge, and I will work with them to enhance Texas’ electric grid and ensure that our state never experiences power outages like this again.”
Let’s hope there is a frank and thoughtful discussion. I hope someone will ask a simple question: why are we using turbines when there are more reliable options to do the job?
Mother Nature decided to teach us a lesson, and I hope we learn it before the next storm comes around!
PS: You can listen to my show (Canto Talk).
We will miss Rush Limbaugh
Like many of you, I was shocked to hear about Rush Limbaugh’s death today. By coincidence, I tuned in just as his wife told us the sad news.
Back in the fall of 1990, I was working on several projects down in Ciudad Juarez on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. My work required me to fly to El Paso on Monday morning and spend a couple of days in Ciudad Juarez. My plane from Dallas landed around 10:45 local time and then I rented a car for the drive across the border.
A few minutes after 11 am, Rush would come on and I loved the show. It was so different than anything on the radio those days. Later, I found Rush on Dallas radio and I’ve been listening ever since.
Rush’s success was because he was genuine and believed what he was saying. And he loved the US and what it stood for.
How much will we miss Rush every day talking about politics and everything else? I will miss him a lot.