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Julian Lee

Blame Texas Exceptionalism For This Crisis, Not Green Energy

It’s time the state prepared its power supply for more cold winters.



Photographer: Cooper Neill/Bloomberg

Green energy isn’t to blame for Texas’s power problems. It’s the state’s exceptionalism that has made the situation worse than it might otherwise have been.

Loud voices, from that of Governor Greg Abbott on down, are being raised against renewable energy, blaming wind farms for the power outages that have scoured Texas along with the abnormal cold weather. But in reality, every source of power in the state has been hit and the contribution to the crisis from wind and solar is the least significant factor, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s power grid.