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Politics Larry Kudlow Suggests Texas Power Outages 'Consequence' of Biden's Presidency

01:55  22 february  2021
01:55  22 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Energy-rich Texas suffers energy nightmare with ongoing power outages

  Energy-rich Texas suffers energy nightmare with ongoing power outages Even mighty Texas, the energy powerhouse of America, is feeling the wrath of Mother Nature. © Matthew Busch/Bloomberg/Getty Images Pump jacks operate in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, U.S, on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. The arctic freeze gripping the central U.S. is raising the specter of power outages in Texas and ratcheting up pressure on energy prices already trading at unprecedented levels. Photographer: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg via Getty Images A deep freeze this week in the Lone Star state, which relies on electricity to heat many homes, is causing power demand to skyrocket.

Larry Kudlow, a White House economics adviser under former President Donald Trump, suggested that President Joe Biden should be blamed for the widespread power outages from the winter storm that has devastated Texas.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Former White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow talks to reporters outside the West Wing on October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. © Tasos Katopodis/Getty Former White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow talks to reporters outside the West Wing on October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.

In a Sunday interview with Fox News host Howard Kurtz, Kudlow criticized Biden for failing to deliver on his campaign promise of unity while appearing to attribute the Texas power outages to the president's allegedly progressive agenda.

Texas governor faces criticism over handling of winter storm fallout

  Texas governor faces criticism over handling of winter storm fallout Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is coming under intense scrutiny over his handling of mass power outages in the state caused by harsh winter weather conditions, as he prepares to run for reelection next year on the heels of two major disasters.The state's Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa accused Abbott of "playing politics with alternative sources of energy" in a statement on Monday, saying that as Lone Star State residents struggle, the governor "continues to relax and wait.

"I think they've moved very rapidly toward the progressive left position on a lot of these issues. He tried to temper it with talk about unity. There was some talk about moving to the center, that there would be more balance, there wouldn't be a far-left progressive agenda," Kudlow said.

"Unfortunately in the early weeks—what, we've got a month here—it has been a left, progressive agenda," he added. "He's gone after the energy sector. You saw some of the consequences in Texas. That's just the tip of the iceberg."

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment.

The deadly Texas winter, which left millions without water, power and heat, has placed the Lone Star State at the center of U.S. political discourse. Some Republicans seized on the opportunity to blame the outages on solar energy and wind turbines—after initial reports from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) suggested that frozen wind turbines were partially responsible,

Texas utility: Power outages could last another week or more

  Texas utility: Power outages could last another week or more Texas utility company Austin Energy announced on Wednesday that customers should prepare to remain without power for the rest of Wednesday and potentially another week or more.In a series of tweets, Austin Energy stated that a Wednesday morning ice storm in addition to the snow that has hit the state in recent days has caused more power outages in its service area.What to know this morning:⚡If you've had power during the controlled outage, you could be impacted by the ice storm⚡Customers who have sustained outages should expect outages to continue until the situation improves.

Later, ERCOT reported that limited natural gas was also behind the failed power grid.

On Tuesday, the state's Republican governor, Greg Abbott, appeared on Fox News to blame Biden's move toward green energy for the power failures in his state.

"This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America," he said. "Our wind and our solar got shut down, and they were collectively more than 10 percent of our power grid, and that thrust Texas into a situation where it was lacking power on a statewide basis."

Texas Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw pointed to "frozen wind turbines" as a leading cause of the outages.

"This is what happens when you force the grid to rely in part on wind as a power source. When weather conditions get bad as they did this week, intermittent renewable energy like wind isn't there when you need it," he tweeted Tuesday.

As millions remain without power amid more snow and ice, blame and questions mount

  As millions remain without power amid more snow and ice, blame and questions mount Water supplies in several Texas cities are at risk, officials said, and it could be days or weeks until power is restored. More than 100 million people live in areas of the country under some kind of winter weather warning, the National Weather Service said in an advisory Wednesday, with more bad weather to come.

On Friday, grid operators in Texas said that their systems had mostly resumed to normal capacity after the storm impacted power to over 4 million state customers. But as electricity returned, issues with water still persisted for some residents over the weekend.

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