White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended the renewable energy sector from accusations blaming it for a massive power grid failure, instead claiming coal and natural gas were the culprits.
During a press briefing Wednesday, Psaki contradicted claims by mainstream media outlets blaming frozen wind turbines for the power grid failure leaving millions in Texas without electricity during a freak winter storm.
“I will say that there has been some inaccurate accusations out there… that suggested that renewables caused failures in Texas’ power grids,” Psaki stated, unsure whether former Energy Secretary Rick Perry had made the accusations.
“And actually numerous reports have actually shown the contrary, that it was failures in natural gas and coal that contributed to those states’ power shortages.”
“And officials at Electric Reliability Council of Texas which operates the state’s power grid have gone so far as to say that failures in wind and solar were the least significant factors in the blackouts.”
In a news release published by CNN, ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness also blamed “frozen wind turbines” for the outages.
“We are experiencing record-breaking electric demand due to the extreme cold temperatures that have gripped Texas… At the same time, we are dealing with higher-than-normal generation outages due to frozen wind turbines and limited natural gas supplies available to generating units.”
Even Bloomberg blamed the outages on renewable energy, before they went back and stealth-edited their article:
“The outages underscore how as the globe moves away from fossil fuels into an all-electrified system that relies more and more on renewable energy, the grid becomes more vulnerable too.”
Soon, after the failures of green energy had already been exposed, outlets began backtracking with stories like, “The Texas power grid failed mostly due to natural gas. Republicans are blaming wind turbines,” and, “No, frozen wind turbines aren’t the main culprit for Texas’ power outages“.
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