Thursday, February 25, 2021

Free market and disaster in Texas


Valentine’s DayThe biggest blizzard and freezing temperatures of the last 30 years fell to Texas’ share. Electricity, natural gas networks, internet, telephone systems collapsed, water was cut off; At the time of this writing, millions of people still lacked potable water, regular electricity, and gas service. People took shelter in their relatives’ houses, who were able to heat their dwellings; children, old and young, sharing the same space “super contagious”Created environments. Currently, the number of deaths as a result of the crisis is around 70; This number is expected to increase further in the coming days, this time with the effects of the pandemic. ERCOT, which manages the Texas energy system, also does not know when the situation will normalize. Biden, Texasdisaster area” Announced.

THE DISASTER OF NEO-LIBERAL REACTION

The crisis that hit Texas is the product of neo-liberalism. Three factors intersected and led to this crisis: a “fleeing control and regulation.”free marketism”. Liar and pro-media environment. Climate crisis denialism.

Texas, the world’s 9th largest economy, has for generations the Republican Party and “oil baronsBy the most uncontrolled forms of neo-liberalism. Texas has severed the state’s electricity grid from the national grids to avoid energy and environmental regulations from the central, federal government. So now, during the crisis, it cannot import energy from other states. Republican Texas, which glorified individualism, remained on its own until the crisis hit, and Democrat Biden became a disaster.

Under the uncontrolled free market, the Texas energy sector has created an extremely competitive environment, especially among distribution companies. The pressure of this competition has deterred investments in the infrastructure of distribution networks, capacity reserves that can be activated in times of crisis, and insulating the grid in accordance with winter conditions. In the world and in the USA “global warming denialism“This sector, which is its most important financier, lives daily without the need to make a long-medium term plan.

Now, the product of global warming, abnormal weather conditions hit the state, the power generation distribution sector collapsed. In February last year in Dallas, people were shocked when some gas bills from $ 35 suddenly jumped to $ 450-2,500 thanks to the free market.Daily Beast, 17/02).

So what are the state governor and local mayors doing: Together, with the help of the conservative media, “renewable energy fanatics“, They blame wind turbines that allegedly freeze. First, the total contribution of turbines is still less than 10 percent of total electricity consumption. These have nothing to do with natural gas supply. As for the freezing charge, although some turbines freeze, this is not a common situation. Mainly the turbines are frost-resistant, as seen in the German, Swedish examples.

WHEN THE ‘AFTER REAL’ MEET WITH ‘SOCIAL DARVINISM

A hate object of US conservatism, especially the energy sector if it is in control another is also spherical warming discourse. Removing the USA from the International Climate Agreement “denierTrump, after losing the elections, now in power, to return to the Climate Agreement, to combat global warming and climate crisis, a “Green New Deal” There is the Biden management that says they are determined to prepare the program.

So Texas Governor Greg Abbot, As soon as the crisis begins, going to FOX TV and short-circuiting the logic of every sane person, “What happened showed how disastrous the Green New Deal will be for the US” he said. In short, the man has no intention of accepting reality or taking action. Electricity and gas were out in Texas, but the authorities “Do not drink water without boilingThey said.

The bottom of the obscenity pit of neoliberalism is not at the bottom of the Colorado Mayor. Tim Boyd‘s words were exhibited: “Tired of people asking for help at every opportunity. Only the strong will survive, the weak will perish. ”

One feature of the Texas crisis is the Covid-19 crisis fiasco, “the elections were stolen your big lieAdding the January 6 fascist uprising and the polarization that justified Trump in Congress, the resulting picture was showing the collapse of the US municipal and energy sectors, electoral and health infrastructure, the decline in its economy and moral decay.



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