John Quigley, Director of Harrisburg University’s Center for Environment, Energy, and Economy weighed in on the recent catastrophic power failure that left residents without water, heat, and electricity as a record-low deep freeze pummeled Texas.
A lack of regulation has more to do with Texas’ winter energy failures than renewable energy, Quigley said in a Pennsylvania Capital-Star article.
The article examines a top Pennsylvania Republican’s recent budget hearing comments that support a repeated narrative that places blame on green energy’s unsubstantiated role in the catastrophe.
Windmills did freeze in Texas, as did the state’s natural gas supply chain, Quigley said. Natural gas supplies 45 percent of Texas’ electricity, he added, so Texas’ ability to “flip a switch” was just as hurt when such facilities as gas wells and power plants froze in the cold.
“The issue still fundamentally comes down to a lack of preparedness in Texas,” Quigley said. “No state is completely immune to outlier weather conditions, but states like Pennsylvania prepare for this.”
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