Texas Governor: Texas Power Outages Show ‘Green New Deal Would Be a Deadly Deal’ for U.S.

By Melanie Arter | February 17, 2021 | 11:42am EST
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), with US Senator Ted Cruz (L), attends a briefing for US President Donald Trump (off camera) in Orange, Texas, on August 29, 2020. Trump surveyed damage in the area caused by Hurricane Laura. - At least 15 people were killed after Laura slammed into the southern US states of Louisiana and Texas, authorities and local media said on August 28. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), with US Senator Ted Cruz (L), attends a briefing for US President Donald Trump (off camera) in Orange, Texas, on August 29, 2020. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Texas’s reliance on green energy in light of the recent power outages illustrates how “the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal” for the United States, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told Fox News’s “Hannity” on Tuesday.

“This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America,” the governor said.

“Texas is blessed with multiple sources of energy such as natural gas and nuclear as well as solar and wind, but you saw from what Trace said and that is our wind and our solar got shut down, and they were collectively more than 10% of our power grid, and that thrust Texas into a situation where It was lacking power in a statewide basis that was power that was spread out by that Ercot organization that you were talking about,” he said. 

“As a result, it just shows that fossil fuel is necessary for the state of Texas as well as the other states to make sure that we will be able to heat our homes in the winter time and cool our homes in the summertime,” Abbott added.

The governor said that California “is in a tougher situation” than Texas, “because they are even more reliant upon the Green New Deal type of energy such as wind and solar, and they don't have the capacity that a state like Texas does to be able to tap into fossil fuel, and that's my point.

He said that “if the Biden administration is going to try to eradicate fossil fuels in the United States, every state is going to constantly have challenges like what America’s seen take place in Texas right now.” 

“It is essential that we as a country remain, where we continue to provide access to fossil fuels for heating, for taking care of our homes, for industrial purposes, for cities to be able to run, and so, it's just foolish to think that we can disband the use of fossil fuel and have a safe and comfortable nation,” Abbott said. 

When asked how he plans to help the 3 million people who are without power now in his state, Abbott said, “We provide warming centers across the entire state of Texas for everybody who’s in a situation where they cannot be warm. In any large city, at a minimum, there will be dozens and sometimes may be approaching 100 warming centers to help the people in our state. 

“We have the National Guard deployed across the state as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Transportation Division, even Texas Parks and Wildlife working with local officials to make sure that our fellow Texans, they will be taken care of during this trying time, but our same goal at the same time is to make sure that we have ERCOT [Electric Reliability Council of Texas] working around the clock as well as working with the energy generators to make sure they can get the energy back online so people can get back in their homes and get back to normal as quickly as possible,” he said.

Host Sean Hannity asked the governor how he was able to get snow plows to Texas so fast, adding that “Texas doesn’t need plows.”

Abbott explained that the plows were already in Texas.

“The Texas Transportation Department, they deployed more than 700 snowplows across the entire state,” the governor said.

He added that “there are parts of Texas” like Amarillo - which is closer to Colorado than it is Austin, Texas - “where it actually does snow that much.”

“So, we were prepared for that, but one thing, Sean, that was unprecedented was the ultra-low, below 10 degrees temperature. Sean, by equivalence, this would be like a weeklong in Alaska at 100 degrees plus without any air conditioning, which they don't have, because they don't need,” Abbott said.

“And so, this is a very tough week for Texans, but we are going to get through it. It's going to be about 60 degrees in Austin, Texas, this weekend. And so, the snow will melt. The ground will thaw, and we will work to get back to normal as quickly as possible,” the governor added.

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