The federal government needs to integrate ERCOT and start busing in electricity to Texas

The federal government needs to integrate ERCOT and start busing in electricity to Texas

Why is Texas not on one of two national power grids like all the other states? Because they are racist monsters who would rather endanger their entire state than give up their “state’s rights,” which is a racist dog whistle for we’re not sharing with the “Mexicans and Blacks.”

Owing to the Winter Storm Uri in Texas, millions are without power. It has caused hundreds of car crashes. People are without water because pipes have frozen and busted, and another storm, Viola, is coming later this week to bring even more suffering. 

Instead of having a power grid under the federal government’s jurisdiction and providing for its citizens during an emergency, Texas has instead elected to go it alone. Texas has ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) for the sole purpose of remaining outside the jurisdiction Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which succeeded the Federal Power Commission and regulates interstate electric transmission.

Founded in 1970, ERCOT is an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for overseeing the reliable and safe transmission of electricity over the power grid serving most of Texas. As the Independent System Operator (ISO) since 1996, ERCOT has been the broker between competitive wholesale power buyers and sellers. The ERCOT ISO also provided the platform upon which Texas’ electric utility industry made the transition to retail competition on Jan. 1, 2002.

ERCOT

So what is happening now in Texas with the rolling blackouts? It is what regularly happens in the U.S. —white America willing to risk it all for racism and the free market.

Don’t let them dress that up. That is what this is.

Texas is racist. 

They like to paint the picture that they are independent wild westerners who are against socialism.   

“Socialist” Dems are destroying the poor.” —Ted Cruz

Between January 1, 1840, and January 1, 1842 Texas gave away 36,876,492 acres of land. Free stolen land to white men? That looks like socialism to me. It seems like the worst land redistribution program of Republican nightmares.

“A total of 36,876,492 acres was granted by the republic in headright certificates. In order to attract settlers, the Republic of Texas also made colonization contracts with various individuals to establish colonies in the republic and receive payment in land. In addition to large grants made directly to the contractors, settlers in such colonies were granted 640 acres each, if heads of families, or 320 acres, if single.”

Texas State Historical Association

Texas does not have a problem with socialism. Texas has a problem with Mexicans, Native Americans, and African Americans.

In 1975 the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund had to go to the Supreme Court and extend the Voting Rights Act to include “Language Minorities,” because no one was telling Texas they couldn’t be racist against Mexicans, because “states’ rights.”

If you want to be anti-government to be racist and kill, harm, and disenfranchise people, you should have a consequence. 

Texas needs to be dragged by its ornery ear to court behind this travesty. Utilities all need to be nationalized. We can’t let people die, because it’s not cost-effective to let them live. 

States’ rights is not a thing. It’s a pernicious fabrication perpetrated by deadender disciples of the Lost Cause.

The United States needs to stop entertaining Texas’ (and the rest of the South) malignant interpretations of the U.S. Constitution before they kill more people.

According to the N.Y. Times, historically marginalized communities were among the first to face power outages and probably will be the last communities to be reconnected

Here is the romanticized literal whitewashed version why Texas is unattached to the national power grid via Houston Public Radio:

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Power Act, which charged the Federal Power Commission with overseeing interstate electricity sales. By not crossing state lines, Texas utilities avoided being subjected to federal rules. “Freedom from federal regulation was a cherished goal — more so because Texas had no regulation until the 1970s,” writes Richard D. Cudahy in a 1995 article, “The Second Battle of the Alamo: The Midnight Connection.”

The only “freedom” Texas wants is the right to be white nationalists and murder Mexicans and Black people. That is not what freedom means. 

Four million people are without power, hundreds of calls to area hospitals for carbon monoxide poisoning because people are trying to stay warm in their cars!

All this, a consequences of running utilities like a business —and racism.

ERCOT needs to be seized by the U.S. government, and its CEO, Bill Magness needs to be charged with malfeasance and possibly even murder. 

“Winterizing equipment – making sure it can sustain extended periods of below-freezing temperatures – has never been a requirement in Texas like other states.”

KVUE

Uri has happened before. It happened in 1989 and 2011. They didn’t fix their grid because it would cut into profit, and the only people it might kill are Black people, Mexicans, and some poor white people. 


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