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Politicians Are Ruining Texas’ Power Grid (Guest: Jason Isaac)

February 14, 2022

Texas has an abundance of coal, natural gas, and oil, but political meddling has left Texas’ power grid unreliable and vulnerable.

Texas has an abundance of coal, natural gas, and oil, leading you to believe it'd have a reliable power grid. This was once true, but politicians started overruling engineers and mucking with the power grid. As it stands, subsidized renewable power sources forced onto the system have left Texans vulnerable to power outages, a problem that could worsen in the future.

During the next legislative session, legislators should implement reforms that prioritize reliability of the electric power system. Wind and solar power subsidy recipients, not Texas’ ratepayers, should pay to ensure sufficient reliable baseload power exists when nature doesn't keep turbines turning or solar panels generating.

Jason Isaac of the Texas Public Policy Foundation joins the show to discuss what went wrong with Texas’ power grid when it failed in 2021 during a brutal winter storm and how it remains unfixed today.

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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is the Director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org
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The Hon. Jason Isaac is Director of Life:Powered, a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation to raise America’s energy IQ.
jisaac@texaspolicy.com @ISAACforTexas