Texas Governor knew NatGas shortages caused blackout — Blamed wind generators, anyway!

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office knew of looming natural gas shortages on February 10, days before a deep freeze plunged much of the state into blackouts, according to documents obtained by E&E News and reviewed by Ars.

Abbott’s office first learned of the likely shortfall in a phone call from then-chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas DeAnne Walker. In the days leading up to the power outages that began on February 15, Walker and the governor’s office spoke 31 more times…

After the blackouts began, Abbott appeared on Fox News to falsely assert that wind turbines were the driving force behind the outages.

Wind turbines were a factor, but only a small one. Wind in Texas doesn’t produce as much power in the winter, and regulators don’t typically rely on wind turbines to provide significant amounts of power. Instead, regulators anticipated that natural gas and coal power plants would meet demand.

I think lying has become such a habit among American politicians – especially the rightwing flavor – that even when they must know the truth will come out, they trudge ahead with their lies as if with modern communications, pretty ordinary record-keeping by 21st Century standards … the thinking portion of Americans still won’t notice.

Not any more, man!