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    • CommentAuthorJeff B
    • CommentTime7 days ago
     
    Unfortunate event this. Plays directly into the hands of Trump supporting, climate change denying, Texan rednecks who will conveniently ignore the true facts and make up their own alternative ones.

    For full story see:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-56085733
    • CommentAuthorjms452
    • CommentTime7 days ago edited
     
    There's a lot of wind turbines in places colder and wetter than Texas - Glasgow springs to mind.

    Sounds more like they haven't designed for a wide enough range of temperatures for their whole electricity system - sort of similar to England grinding to a holt in a few mm of snow.

    And that they would benefit from interconnection.
    • CommentAuthorwookey
    • CommentTime7 days ago
     
    There are a whole set of issues most of which are 'we're not set up for this weather' (much like snow in England).
    There was an ice-storm first which brought down powerlines (almost all US powerlines are above ground). Then both cooling intakes for fossil stations and wind turbines which didn't have the cold-weather options (because not needed in Texas), shut down, and because ERCOT is almost entirely disconnected from the two main US grids they didn't have interconnection options either.
    Combine this with building stock even worse insulated and airtightened than the UK causing epic heating load, and hilarious things like outside-mounted tankless water-heaters and you have what I believe is technically known a munted shit-show.
    Useful info from a building POV (Matt Risinger): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGd9jI72Fqw
    • CommentAuthorSimonD
    • CommentTime7 days ago
     
    Posted By: wookey and you have what I believe is technically known a munted shit-show.

    And then when the worst does happen, the press and a lot of people react in such a way that not planning and building for every conceivable eventuality, and even the inconceivable, is completely unacceptable and negligent.
    • CommentAuthorwookey
    • CommentTime7 days ago
     
    I think it'll be a while before we get proper details, but there is a bit more info in this article:
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/feb/18/why-is-texas-suffering-power-blackouts-during-the-winter-freeze
    and more detail on 'The Choice' talking about the situation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LgBKFLq_Xo&t=630s and interviewing the inimitable Emily Atkin on the climate connections: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDMsGRi7vIg
    • CommentAuthorjms452
    • CommentTime7 days ago
     
    Sections of the US media (i.e. Fox news and those right of it) are desperately trying to reframe the story from 'extreme weather' to 'renewables fail'. 'Extreme weather [& infrastructure not being up to it]' feeds into the idea that Biden's green infrastructure plans might be a good idea.

    I may be being cynical but this is probably the start of an all fronts fight against Biden's green deal where every story will be twisted and fed to the significant minority who lap it up without question :sad:
    • CommentAuthorJeff B
    • CommentTime7 days ago
     
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: jms452</cite>Sections of the US media (i.e. Fox news and those right of it) are desperately trying to reframe the story from 'extreme weather' to 'renewables fail'. 'Extreme weather [& infrastructure not being up to it]' feeds into the idea that Biden's green infrastructure plans might be a good idea.

    I may be being cynical but this is probably the start of an all fronts fight against Biden's green deal where every story will be twisted and fed to the significant minority who lap it up without question<img src="/newforum/extensions/Vanillacons/smilies/standard/sad.gif" alt=":sad:" title=":sad:"></img></blockquote>

    I don't think you are being cynical. Like face mask wearing this will become another political divide. Assuming the BBC report is correct, the photo of the frozen wind turbine was not taken in Texas at all but in Sweden and they were using hot water rather than IPA to de-ice it. If Trump was still president he would be gleefully lapping this up. The irony is that climate change is driving the extremes of weather, so that normally sunny Texas has seen its solar PV panels covered in snow and its wind turbines frozen. The fact that it was the disruption to gas supplies that mainly caused the blackouts is conveniently played down.
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    https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/2906962/clear-up-expected-to-last-until-end-of-week-after-worst-snow-in-more-than-30-years/

    There's a lot of news about Texas but I don't know how many people noticed that some parts of the UK had truly extreme snow last week?

    A friend has no heating because the oil lorry can't get through. Another had to use a JCB to dig out the council snowplough lorry that got stuck in the snow on a B-road.

    The wind turbines still seem ok.

    There's a certain amount of exasperation in Scotland whenever the UK media report on a couple of inches of snow causing mayhem in London or Texas, but nobody notices if it's in Scotland, it's feeding another political divide. But then, I'm sure our friends in Scandinavia feel the same about us! 'Extreme' weather is all relative to what you are used to, and so it makes economic sense for Texas power stations to have aircon instead of frost proofing.

    https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/2901649/roads-like-toboggan-runs-and-cars-submerged-beneath-snow-as-winter-weather-causes-chaos-across-the-north/
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    • CommentAuthorcjard
    • CommentTime6 days ago
     
    From the news article:

    "The windmills failed like the silly fashion accessories they are, and people in Texas died."

    They missed off saying "So the solution is to burn even more of a finite resource so we can make sure we're hurtling headlong into a situation where there will be no more of it and then lots more Texans will die"

    News content invariably exasperates me
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