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Outrage over Outage: The Green Energy Cause of the Texas Power Failure

February 25, 2021

Politics replaced engineering and science in Texas's power grid resulting in widespread failure when politically mandated and subsidized wind and solar power went offline during recent extreme winter weather.

Heartland Institute's Senior Fellow for Environment and Climate, H. Sterling Burnett joins Merrill Matthews on Point of View Radio, to discuss last week's power failures in Texas.

Texas politicians' mandates and subsidies for weather dependent wind and solar power resulted in the closure of multiple reliable coal fueled power plants. When extreme weather hit and turbines froze and solar panels became covered with snow and ice, thousands of megawatts of power went offline with not enough functioning coal, gas and nuclear  power to take up the slack. Had politicians not mandated and subsidized green energy, it is doubtful more than 8 million Texans would have spent the better part of three days without power.

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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org