- Texas homeowners have been charged thousands of dollars on electric bills as rates vary according to market
- Collapsed power grid led sent electricity prices for some users rocketing from $50 to $9,000 per Megawatt
- Comes as 14million Texas struggle to get clean water as residents are forced to scrape snow off walls to boil
- Meanwhile, Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi and their daughters hit the beach in Cancun following outcry over his trip
UK Daily Mail: Texans have seen electric bills surge as high as $17,000 after two powerful storms knocked out power and caused a 300-fold surge in demand – as 14million people struggle to get clean water in a ‘health catastrophe’.
Dallas News: Griddy customers face $5,000 electric bills for 5 freezing days in Texas https://t.co/z9GMz9NOHo
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 20, 2021
While most Texans are on a fixed rate plan on which they pay the same monthly amount throughout the duration of their contract, some are on a variable or indexed plan which sees rates vary based on the market.
this is my electric bill for the past 5 days. we were without power for most of it. i think i’m ready to leave texas. pic.twitter.com/oUF5XQbDRI
— all right i was just goofing it’s actually me john (@johnspriggz) February 19, 2021
For 100 years, electric prices were based on power company costs and “a reasonable profit.“ But in the 90s, a chuckling Chimp, Gov. Dubya Bush, dancing for his organ grinder Enron’s Ken Lay, created the “free“ market in electricity in Texas. https://t.co/11qbnmeH9Q
— Greg Palast (@Greg_Palast) February 19, 2021
One of these customers, Ty Williams, told WFAA-TV that his combined electric bill last month for his home, guest house, and office was $660.
Here is the Texas GOP killing a bill that would have mandated winterization for our electric grid in Texas. https://t.co/5hZGr01aJF
— Živilee 🛹 (@zivinilee) February 19, 2021
As of this month, he owes more than $17,000. ‘How in the world can anyone pay that?’ Williams asked.
Next part of the Texas Electric disaster? Insane bills. From a friend in the energy industry. pic.twitter.com/BwMOHYZkT4
— Eric Heggie (@EricHeggie) February 16, 2021
Meanwhile, temperatures as low as -2F have burst many of the state’s water pipes, leaving residents forced to scrape snow off the walls to boil to make it safe for cooking and drinking.
Is Texas broken? https://t.co/ACDOeA68IW
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) February 20, 2021
As the Lone Star state remained in the grip of crisis and dozens died from hypothermia, Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi and their daughters hit the beach in Cancun after the senator was forced to fly back on Thursday following an outcry. Read more…
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I have a Modest Proposal: Every family in Texas suffering severe economic hardship send one member to Israel on a one-way organ donation trip. Let the free market do its thing.
N.b. For those who English is a second language or are almost but not quite too stupid to live, this is sarcasm (the Jonathan Swift reference should tip off people that have a modicum of learning).
C’mon down to Texas ,… It’s gonna be WILD !!!
This entire event is a time stamp for a great many things, even location.
I think that the authorities of the affected states will deal with this problem. Such weather is not typical for these regions. The entire infrastructure: houses, the electric heating system simply could not withstand such cold weather. In my country, which is geographically located on 2/3 of the territory with the permafrost zone, we are faced with such cold and frosty conditions every year. The energy structure of the RF is very reliable. This is how we live. We are so used to it. -30C is not an obstacle for normal life for us. Green energy is good. But I would only rely on it to recharge my cell phone. In my country, we trust central heating from gas boiler houses, powerful energy networks from nuclear power plants. All utility bills for my apartment are $ 70 in winter. For all. In the summer – $ 40.
But the fact that people in the United States are sent such insane electricity bills is called looting. The electric company should be severely punished for this. In general, the Americans need to improve the country’s energy system. It has become imperfect and vulnerable in today’s climatic conditions. Take care of yourself!
I miss Governor Ann Richards, and I’ll venture so does Texas.
Again… “Now, in Russia, they got it mapped out so that everyone pulls for everyone else… that’s the theory, anyway. But what I know about is Texas, an’ down here… you’re on your own.” – M. Emmet Walsh, Blood Simple
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