Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott falsely claimed to Fox News Sean Hannity on Feb. 17 that green energy — solar and wind — caused the blackout in his state, and said how “this shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America” (MORE VIDEO BELOW).
Texas Gov. Abbott blames solar and wind for the blackouts in his state and says "this shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America" pic.twitter.com/YfVwa3YRZQ— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) February 17, 2021
Hours before the Hannity interview, Abbott told WFAA that the problem was that natural gas lines were frozen, tweeted WFAA reporter Jay Wallis:
In terms of natural gas, Abbott says it hasn't been able to be delivered to power generation centers across the state. Ability to manufacture, ship and transport natural gas has been "frozen also."— Jay Wallis (@WFAAJayWallis) February 16, 2021
Abbott says his team has been on the phone with natural gas producers, telling them to accelerate the process to get it.— Jay Wallis (@WFAAJayWallis) February 16, 2021
Abbott says their response: "It's just frozen right now. It's frozen in the pipeline. It's frozen at the rig. It's frozen at the transmission line."
Abbott was debunked by former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough on his MSNBC show:
He’s just lying through his teeth. He can’t blame AOC, he can’t blame the [Green New Deal] or renewables. It’s all his fault and all the fault of the Texas lawmakers who continued to underfund their energy infrastructure.
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...
In his Fox News interview, Abbott did not address the fact that most of the state’s power comes from fossil fuels and that ERCOT had planned to produce far more power from natural gas than became available as the cold set in, contributing a stunning deficit amid the freezing weather. On Tuesday, Abbott called for a state investigation into ERCOT’s failings, saying the agency had been “anything but reliable” following the winter storm.