Former Texas governor, Trump appointed United States Secretary of Energy and Republican Rick Perry encouraged Texans to tough out the cold during the power outage and suggested it was a worthy sacrifice for keeping the federal government from regulating their power grid.
According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)—which manages Texas' power grid and is not managed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission—roughly 2.7 million households were still without power as of Wednesday when severe snowstorms froze pipelines that caused the rolling blackouts in the Blizzard State.
Perry says Texans wiling to suffer blackouts to keep feds out of power market https://t.co/p0Kcw2u24s— Houston Chronicle (@Houston Chronicle)1613575556.0
Perry—who served as the 14th United States Secretary of Energy under the Trump Administration—wrote a blog on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's website, saying:
"Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business."
"Try not to let whatever the crisis of the day is take your eye off of having a resilient grid that keeps America safe personally, economically, and strategically."
@HoustonChron I’m willing to sacrifice Rick Perry, Dan Patrick and Governor Abbot so I can have electricity. Seems fair.— Darlene Lewis (@Darlene Lewis)1613579365.0
@HoustonChron F*CK ALL THAT!!! Rick has access to generators and water. I have buckets outside collecting rain wa… https://t.co/qiiHxdnPAi— ✨TheStarsAtNight ✨ (@✨TheStarsAtNight ✨)1613581609.0
@HoustonChron Yeah I’m sure parents with babies, the elderly, and all other Texans are willing to sacrifice some of… https://t.co/Yf5I2ewoj9— Catfish Gravy (@Catfish Gravy)1613577847.0
The former governor's post was a reaction to McCarthy suggesting that "those watching on the left may see the situation in Texas as an opportunity to expand their top-down, radical proposals."
@HoustonChron Right-wingers would literally rather die than have to accept that their ideology fails every time it'… https://t.co/LP0QpC8n3g— *CLANG CLANG* I LIKE TO HAVE EVIL VƎX (@*CLANG CLANG* I LIKE TO HAVE EVIL VƎX)1613591294.0
@HoustonChron Rick Perry bears a great deal of responsibility for our current situation so of course he’s going to… https://t.co/LxNfE5qgwQ— JBee (@JBee)1613582707.0
@HoustonChron Bullcrap. People are freezing, no power, no heat, food shortages, roads impassable & businesses close… https://t.co/HhgNGFPfAT— Glenda Pollock (@Glenda Pollock)1613580776.0
Like many of his fellow conservatives, Perry shared the false claim the power outages were due to renewable sources—like wind and solar energy.
Their claims ignore the fact these renewable energy sources operate year round in northern states like Maine and in Antarctica and the Arctic circle. Those locations get considerably more snow and ice than Texas is experiencing.
He went on to promote resources such as coal, natural gas and nuclear-based power plants to prevent blackouts in the future despite the fact all of these are currently in use in Texas.
"If wind and solar is where we're headed, the last 48 hours ought to give everybody a real pause and go wait a minute."
"We need to have a baseload. And the only way you can get a baseload in this country is [with] natural gas, coal, and nuclear."
@HoustonChron I’ll suffer blackouts when @GovernorPerry toilet looks like this. https://t.co/H7kQ11Otbo— Better America 2020 (@Better America 2020)1613611869.0
@HoustonChron I am fascinated as to what anyone who’s actually been without power or has murder ice growing from th… https://t.co/LIVf8Bf4Mp— Amie the Great (@Amie the Great)1613584787.0
@HoustonChron Maybe they should actually ask the Texans and not the people profiting from avoiding regulation.— Isa-Lee Wolf (@Isa-Lee Wolf)1613577249.0
Despite Perry's claim, however, ERCOT officials cited the state's natural gas providers were the primary cause for the blackouts. Their pipelines were not equipped to handle the frigid temperatures brought about by the winter storm.