Another winter, another cold snap. Right now, much of the United States is feeling the chill of a brutal “polar vortex.” And northern states like North Dakota and Minnesota are seeing night-time temperatures drop below zero. In fact, Duluth is currently chasing a record for the coldest sustained weather, set in 1912.

Millions of Americans are counting their blessings that they can shelter in place and stay warm during such merciless weather. It’s the good fortune of living in an industrialized nation that has steady 24/7 power generation to keep families alive and safe.

Terry Jarrett is an energy attorney and consultant who has served on both the board of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the Missouri Public Service Commission. He contributes regularly to LeadingLightEnergy.com.

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sidearm

Nice try at deflection Joe. It’s not me or whoever Q is saying it, It’s his own party. He made a decision to put these people at risk. There was plenty of beds available to use, provided by the Federal government but he ignored those beds because using them would give credit to his political foes. Then he covered it up.Don’t try to defend him Joe, he isn’t worth it.

fire111

Yep Joe, putting covid positive patients in nursing homes killed people. Elderly people are much more susceptible to covid. It spreads like fire. Ever been in a nursing home where MRSA is spreading? I have a few times. That spreads like wildfire! The ship COMFORT sat in New York Harbor nearly unused. The Javits' Ctr well under used. Yep The Cuomo gang has been caught in many a lie!

Joe King

I'm sorry, was he talking about the coal plants that failed in Texas? https://www.syracuse.com/business/2021/02/why-wind-turbines-in-new-york-state-keep-working-in-bitter-cold-weather-unlike-the-ones-in-texas.html

sidearm

So Joe asks why would I buy Chinese solar panels. I would not buy any solar panels Joe, but if I did it would be because they are more efficient. I wold not buy them because I don’t want future generations having to deal the mercury poisoning caused by storing the use ones that have to be replaced every 10 years or so. Same with electric cars, where do you store the toxic used batteries? No land fill will take them because they are toxic and will affect the water tables. I could go on about the and on about the pollution and chemicals required to mine the materials to make the batteries. You are touting the use of solar , wind and electric because your masters say it is good. Do some thinking on your own.

Joe King

your facts line up with your ignorance about solar panels....predictable.

sidearm

Wrong again Joe. Where do get rid of depleted solar panels and electric car batteries. Wishing it weren’t true doesn’t make it so. You globals don’t quite think things through. Hating fossil fuels is not enough to get rid of them without another reliable source of energy. Wind turbines don’t provide enough energy to justify the cost and government funding but they do a good job of feeding the coyotes who eat all the dead birds they produce. Again, get your head out of your behind before you sufficate.

Joe King

your facts line up with your ignorance about solar panels.....you recycle the panels... duh.......your generation created the single use item....that mentality is dying out...thank goodness....you recycle, you reuse, its 2021...do I really need to tell you this?

Joe King

And now we read Republican Senator Ted "cancun" Cruz left Texas for vacation....Great Timing! The GOP really don't have a clue or could care the less about the people who put them in office....Not sure if I should feel sorry for Ted or the People....they get what they vote for...

fire111

Yep Joe! U R probably correct about the trip. Cruz should not have gone! He admits is was a dumb thing to do! But OLD NAN thought it was OK to get her hair done during lockdown. Never heard an apology from NAN. You see people do dumb things! They say stupid things! Example....Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson was worried moving more US military to Guam might cause the island to tip over and capsize! Really? Even DemonRats are stupid!

sidearm

As opposed to Andrew Cuomo killing thousands and covering it up and actually winning an Emmy? You get what you vote for.

Joe King

You actually think Andrew Cuomo went out and killed thousands of people.....is like another one of your Qanonomous conspiracy theories? Like dems running a secret group enslaving and eating children? You really think a governor went out and killed thousands of people... Please seek help..

DingFod

The real solution to all of this is safe and much more highly advanced Nuclear plants. Ask France and the rest of developed Europe that has made that investment in safe, abundant and clean emissions energy...This technology has come a long ways since Three Mile Island etc....

Joe King

Texas is now unable to perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity.

Joe King

Renewable energy made up 17% for the US. What this author fails to explain, is the states MISO overseas, chooses to use coal instead of renewable...so, no wonder renewable use is low in those few states....Nothing says progress using 18th century technology....Coal is being left behind....so are the states that cling onto old ways

sidearm

So Joe, if I use solar energy alone, drive 2 electric cars and heat and cool my 1800 sf home, how many efficient “made in China” panels do I need? I think my whole roof plus about a one acre solar farm to run one household. Get your head out of your rear end. You do realize you will be expendable once we are under Bill Gates global government. They will feed you a meat substitute made from plants and tell you you like it. That sound good to you, and yes I am a proud America first supporter.

Joe King

I love how you are so open about your selfish views...thinking of yourself and not your children, your grandchildren, etc...again...global....And why would you choose to buy made in china solar panels? I thought you were a proud american?

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mpfons

This is plain fear mongering and untrue. Coal will kill you from air pollution and is partially responsible for the global warming which destabilizes the polar circulation.

sidearm

You are probably warm as you write this . Tell that to the people in Texas literally freezing to death. You are the fear monger here. Why isn't Florida under water yet? You have been duped by the fear mongering globalists.

Joe King

and once again sidearm uses the term "globalist"...showing your true colors again...

fire111

Sidearm.... never call a lefty a globalist. It strikes fear in them in that people will understand the REAL lefty/globalist goals. Definition of a globalism....a national policy of treating the WHOLE WORLD as a proper sphere for "political" influence! But a lefty says nationalism is completely wrong! Definition of nationalism...devotion to one's nation; patriotism, the advocacy of national independence. And golly garsh dern , we broke from England for those very same values. The greatest nation is the world!! USA USA

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