Cain reacted to a tweet by the New York Democratic Congresswoman claiming that the shortage of pursuit of the Green New Deal resulted in Texas’ infrastructure failures.
“That’s nonsense. So what I just gave you is what’s happened in Texas over the past week and what led up to it, Texas being unprepared for this once-in-30-year event. But then you ask yourself, how can we get prepared? How can we be ready for something like this in the future?” Cain instructed “The Faulkner Focus.”
Cain stated that the federal government has been “subsidizing billions of dollars into wind energy for “fairly a while.”
An op-ed by the Wall Street Journal argued that the “overreliance on wind power” led to the Lone Star State’s failure as temperatures dropped into single digits, leading to a massive surge in demand that overloaded the system.
“The drawback is Texas’s over-reliance on wind power that has left the grid extra weak to dangerous climate,” the article stated.
“Half of wind generators froze final week, inflicting wind’s share of electrical energy to plunge to eight% from 42%. Power costs within the wholesale market spiked, and grid regulators on Friday warned of rolling blackouts. Natural gasoline and coal turbines ramped as much as cowl the availability hole however couldn’t meet the surging demand for electrical energy—which half of households depend on for heating—at the same time as many households powered up their gasoline furnaces. Then some gasoline wells and pipelines froze.”
The article stated that there “was not enough baseload power from coal and nuclear to assist the grid whereas baseload power is required to stabilize the grid.”
Cain said that Texas must shore up its supply of coal-fired and nuclear power, in addition to other forms of energy, rather than prioritize Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal solutions.
“So, if you are going to put together for the long run and you are going to put together for a cataclysmic occasion, what do it is advisable to put money into? Do you put money into subsidizing wind or do you subsidize insulating your pure gasoline pipelines? Do you subsidize storage at on-site amenities?
“The point is … help what you know you can count on: base power, natural gas, oil and gas. We are subsidizing the wrong things. And so AOC, let’s finish this off with her, wants to lean into that.”