Examples of GOP Leadership

injinji

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A closer look at the Texas situation.


Although renewable energy sources did partially fail, they only contributed to 13 percent of the power outages, while providing about a quarter of the state’s energy in winter. Thermal sources, including coal, gas and nuclear, lost almost twice as many gigawatts of power because of the cold, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state’s electric grid operator. Critics have also noted that wind turbines can operate in climates as cold as Greenland if they’re properly prepared for the weather.
 

Wattzzup

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I also posted in another thread, the reason the wind turbines failed is because they were cheap. They had no de-icing, or heating parts to prevent freezing.

Basically the state is cheap or the Republicans wanted them to fail so they didn’t pay for proper wind turbines.
 

injinji

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If there is one thing the GOP prides itself in, it's the way they relate to the working man. . . . . . .

Evidence has been gathering steadily overnight that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas — the state currently undergoing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis as a result of extreme winter weather, leaving millions of people without power, water, and access to food — flew to Cancun, Mexico, yesterday as his constituents faced freezing conditions, hundreds of thousands of them still without electricity.

 

Unclebaldrick

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I also posted in another thread, the reason the wind turbines failed is because they were cheap. They had no de-icing, or heating parts to prevent freezing.

Basically the state is cheap or the Republicans wanted them to fail so they didn’t pay for proper wind turbines.
It isn't that the state is cheap, they just deregulated the entire energy industry so that there were no guidelines or standards that the energy companies had to meet. Thus they followed the rules of the free market, charge as much as you can and give as little as you need to - that's the equation of capitalism that maximizes profits for the equity owners. I'm not dissing capitalism, just pointing out that this is a stupid, short-sighted and fucked up way to run a public utility that everybody relies on.

Why don't these dumb fucks get out of their easy chairs and go barter with the neighbor for some coal?
 

DIY-HP-LED

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It isn't that the state is cheap, they just deregulated the entire energy industry so that there were no guidelines or standards that the energy companies had to meet. Thus they followed the rules of the free market, charge as much as you can and give as little as you need to - that's the equation of capitalism that maximizes profits for the equity owners. I'm not dissing capitalism, just pointing out that this is a stupid, short-sighted and fucked up way to run a public utility that everybody relies on.

Why don't these dumb fucks get out of their easy chairs and go barter with the neighbor for some coal?
When industry lobbyists write the rules there are no rules. Remember Enron started in Texas and they had almost every public official in the state on the dole, it's an old habit it Texas, started by the oil industry. I mean who else are they gonna vote for, democrats, they depend on a mix of bigotry, racism, fear and bullshit to maintain power. I doubt if this will have any more impact on the base than the covid incompetence did with Trump, the more independent minded might have other ideas though.
 

Fogdog

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When industry lobbyists write the rules there are no rules. Remember Enron started in Texas and they had almost every public official in the state on the dole, it's an old habit it Texas, started by the oil industry. I mean who else are they gonna vote for, democrats, they depend on a mix of bigotry, racism, fear and bullshit to maintain power. I doubt if this will have any more impact on the base than the covid incompetence did with Trump, the more independent minded might have other ideas though.
The recent election must have been a shock to Republican establishment. Out of 11 million votes cast in the 2020 election, Trump won by just 600,000 votes. They also lost the super majority in their state Senate for the first time in a long while. So, they went all in for Trump and his attempt to remove the power of the vote entirely. The sick bastards in the GOP see the writing on the wall. Like Trump, who lost this time around, they can't let Democrat gain power because their little money pot of corruption will become fodder for lawsuits and criminal charges.

Much sympathy and respect for the nearly half of Texas that are, with astonishing grace and civility, slowly shifting power away from Republicans while absorbing their blows.
 

Fogdog

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It's a slow trickle, but elected officials are starting to leave the GOP.

He didn't mention what the Retrumpicants are doing. Voter suppression.

Yeah, they can't win an election if the 2020 turnout are able to vote. But that's not their strategy.
 

Moldy

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Huh? I wonder ....
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Yeah, fucking Eh? Not a prison state?
 

injinji

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It's good to see Florida getting into the act as well.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist announced Sunday he has sent a letter to Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson, asking that the U.S. Department of Justice investigate concerns surrounding Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision to establish vaccination sites in wealthy neighborhoods, such as Lakewood Ranch.
A release from Crist’s office says DeSantis has established “coronavirus vaccine distribution and administration sites to benefit political allies and donors, over the needs of higher-risk communities and existing county waitlists.”

 

DIY-HP-LED

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Chris Hayes On The Implied Threat When Republicans Use Guns As Props

“Many Republicans are now signaling that they retain the right to use violence to overthrow the government at any time,” says Chris Hayes. “And they are willing to brandish that claim as a threat in pursuit of their political aims.”
 
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