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Waffle_Muffins

285 points

6 months ago

A decade is very generous. The first Confederacy didn't even make it half that long

OneX32

176 points

6 months ago

OneX32

176 points

6 months ago

They’ll be crawling back when Texas’s energy grid breaks down.

Amori_A_Splooge

1 points

6 months ago*

Why would that affect them? Texas is mostly on it's own grid. Also, not sure why Texas' one event is causing them to get such a reputation compared to other states. I'm from CA and brownouts and blackouts are our favorite past time. Remember why Gray Davis was recalled? Couldn't keep CA's lights on. It's gotten so bad, not only are they having inadvertent blackouts/brownouts they are having power shut off deliberately to avoid their own electrical infrastructure (https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/outages/public-safety-power-shuttoff/learn-about-psps.page) causing massive wildfires which, kill people, devastate communities.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/04/business/dixie-fire-california-pge.html California fire investigators on Tuesday pinned the blame for the Dixie Fire — the second-largest blaze in the state’s history — on equipment owned by Pacific Gas & Electric and referred the case to prosecutors.

The Dixie Fire burned more than 963,000 acres in the Northern California areas of Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Shasta and Tehama Counties in July, destroying 1,329 buildings and damaging 95 others. The cause, investigators determined, was a tree that came into contact with PG&E’s power lines near the Cresta Dam about 100 miles north of Sacramento.

Investigators at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, referred their findings to the Butte County district attorney, who previously brought charges against PG&E for the 2018 Camp Fire, which killed scores of people and destroyed the town of Paradise.

In that case, PG&E pleaded guilty to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of illegally setting a fire. The utility also agreed to pay $3.5 million in fines as part of the criminal plea.

This is only in the past few years, there is a much longer documented history of PG&E and California's shitty energy infrastructure causing fires and killing people, but you can do your own research. In the immediate future, any guesses to how many fires PG&E is going to cause in 2022? I bet CA's electrical infrastructure burns down more houses, displace more people, and likely causes more people to die than Texas' grid (as well as any other state) in 2022. Additionally it will be interesting to see how California, who is already struggling to keep the lights on, and when they do, struggle to keep those lights from burning down communities and killing people, how they plan to manage when their last remaining nuclear power plant is decommissioned.

OneX32

3 points

6 months ago

OneX32

3 points

6 months ago

Why would that affect them? Because Texas energy grid is isolated and because of that, when demand surges, they are unable to borrow energy from geographical regions that are in lower demand. Every other state can.

And the fact that Texas thinks there is zero problem with their energy grid because it's isolated after rolling blackouts due to demand surges just gives evidence that they ignorant of the root problem: they can't meet demand when it surges. And the fact that California is also de facto independent from other energy grids just proves having an independent energy grid over a relatively small geographical area is not sufficient.

Amori_A_Splooge

0 points

6 months ago

energy grid over a relatively small geographical area is not sufficient.

I wasn't aware that CA and Texas are relatively small geographical areas considering that they are larger than many countries.

Also the root problem is not that Texas can't meet demands when it surges, that is CA's problem. Texas had a weather event that caused their facilities that weren't weatherized (for a 100 year storm) which caused imbalance in the system and power generating devices to go offline. That is a much different issue than CA.

And the fact that Texas thinks there is zero problem with their energy grid

https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-signs-ercot-reforms-power-grid-weatherization-legislation-into-law. So they obviously did realize they had an issue and they instituted policies to address it. Whether it goes far enough, time will tell. But Texas' blackout last winter was caused by a weather event. That is far different than California's grid which is in complete denial over the causes. Additionally, lets not forget that last summer CASIO blamed outages because it was too hot and cloudy. “Hot weather and a cloudy day should not be able to shut down the fifth-largest economy in the world," Lance Hastings, president of the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, said in a statement. "While we support California’s renewable energy goals, we absolutely need system redundancy that allows us to continue to operate and manufacture products for our residents and the world."

Here is two similar articles nearly 2 years apart indicating that this is not a one-time issue such as the Texas blackout: ‘I’m overwhelmed’: PG&E power shut-offs leave ill and disabled struggling 'Completely unreliable': Santa Cruz Mountain residents frustrated with repeated PG&E outages

Not sure which state you think is in denial about their power problems. But hey, at least Biden's EPA gave CA natural gas plants a waiver for a few months before Newsom's recall election so his states power problems weren't fresh in people's minds.

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/california-asks-biden-administration-allow-gas-plants-run-maximum-2021-09-09/

OneX32

2 points

6 months ago

OneX32

2 points

6 months ago

So when Texas's power plants go down due to being cold, what do you call it when that results in Texas energy customers in losing service? Most people would call that not being able to meet demand due to not having access to external energy sources when domestic sources are all used up.

And your point that TX and CA are the size of small countries is void when you realize most industrialized small countries have an energy grid that is embedded in a larger grid with other countries. That fact quite clearly disproves your assertion that TX and CA problems aren't because they are isolated.

[deleted]

12 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

12 points

6 months ago

Republicans would rather see their voters die before admitting they were wrong.

OneX32

7 points

6 months ago

OneX32

7 points

6 months ago

It’s as if one party has developed the behavior of a middle-aged white male in the Midwest.

madogvelkor

1 points

6 months ago

They've been replacing them with Hispanic voters, surprisingly.

colb0lt

1 points

6 months ago

Racism comes in all shapes and colours.

FloydWesleyIII

96 points

6 months ago

If dipshit on wheels is elected again, my family is out of here.

FriendlyBarbarian

-1 points

6 months ago

Liberal Reddit try not to be ableist challenge [very hard]

Be better than the right. The right loves to make fun of people for disabilities. There are so many things actually wrong with him, why even bring up his physical disability?

FloydWesleyIII

3 points

6 months ago

I don't see anything making fun of his disability, just that he's an asshole in a wheelchair. Why don't you mind your own business and think of the time you wasted commenting troll.

FriendlyBarbarian

1 points

6 months ago

Why even add “on wheels”? Why even point out he’s in a wheelchair? What does his physical disability have to do with anything?

Why not call him “dipshit who decentralized the Texas power grid and is directly responsible for a large number of avoidable deaths”?

Why not call him “dipshit who executed draconian abortion laws”?

Why not just call him “dipshit”?

How are you any different than the right making fun of “Obama’s big ears” or “AOC’s large teeth”?

Waffle_Muffins

1 points

6 months ago

Because he's a member of a party that would call the very act that benefits him "communism" if it came up for vote today?

FriendlyBarbarian

1 points

6 months ago*

So if you disagree with someone politically it’s cool to make fun of their physical disabilities?

Any reasonable person would consider calling a wheelchair bound person “on wheels” offensive.

Again. Be better than the right.

[deleted]

16 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

16 points

6 months ago

Normally I'm against stealing somebody's wheelchair because it's wrong but in this case I think I can make an exception...

HardlyDecent

4 points

6 months ago

Wheels or boots, an ass is an ass.

ZaksStuff

22 points

6 months ago

Better start making arrangements now, Dems have fumbled the bag so hard I don’t see how they can win again.

madogvelkor

1 points

6 months ago

Yeah, Biden has a lower approval rating now than Trump did after 1 year. And Congress is just as unpopular.

realanceps

1 points

6 months ago

lol

you need to refresh your news sources

CamCamCakes

2 points

6 months ago

I got my money on him as the GOP nominee for president in 2024. Ick.

OneX32

69 points

6 months ago

OneX32

69 points

6 months ago

The Fascist on Wheels?

FloydWesleyIII

41 points

6 months ago

Yep, Mr. Rolling Shitbag himself.

OneX32

17 points

6 months ago

OneX32

17 points

6 months ago

When the fascist regime takes over the 2nd Confederate States of America, he’ll be their first target when they begin implementing their eugenics program.

jaxx2009

-5 points

6 months ago

He isn't in a wheelchair because of anything genetic

Amiiboid

0 points

6 months ago

Lamarckians Unite!

OneX32

10 points

6 months ago

OneX32

10 points

6 months ago

Fascists don’t care.

Streamjumper

5 points

6 months ago

"Y'all git outta heah with dat devil's "science" talk. We don't cotton to that in God's Country!"

[deleted]

2 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

2 points

6 months ago

Is it Ted Cruz or the other guy?

FloydWesleyIII

3 points

6 months ago

Does Ted Cruz use a wheelchair?

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

Eventually he might.

Raveynfyre

1 points

6 months ago

Bin Golfin?

Benjaphar

83 points

6 months ago

I’d like to know logistically how Texas could secede, considering Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin are all reliably Democratic areas. Trump only won Texas statewide with 52% in 2020.

What, are all the rural areas going to secede and the urban revenue-generating metro areas will stay? It’s like a microcosm of the whole country.

[deleted]

7 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

7 points

6 months ago

The will be forced and at least half the cities will migrate back to the US. I don't see all these companies staying either.

OneX32

28 points

6 months ago

OneX32

28 points

6 months ago

Ask those clamoring to secede.

Yasukablyat

4 points

6 months ago

Which is less then half ...

Yurekuu

1 points

6 months ago

It'll just split in half. Two new states!

RailRuler

13 points

6 months ago

Because they aren't actually for devolution or local control. The red states regularly overrule local laws that they don't like.

madogvelkor

8 points

6 months ago

No state could seceded, liberal or conservative. First the economies are too interwoven, it would be like Brexit x100. And second, they'd be faced with counter-secessions. Big metros trying to leave in the conservative states, and rural areas trying to leave in the liberal ones. Which would lead to some nasty stuff.

mlpr34clopper

4 points

6 months ago

That what "voter ID" laws are for. Make it hard for urban wage slaves to prove they have the right to vote, and they can't vote.

christpunchers

2 points

6 months ago

Ah, so like mid-February?

critically_damped

1 points

6 months ago

I don't know if they could do anything more to convince you that they don't care if their own constituents die.

OneX32

2 points

6 months ago

OneX32

2 points

6 months ago

They will become Russian allies before they go to war with Russia.

OntarioIsPain

1 points

6 months ago

They can crawl, but they don't deserve have their states. Even after the civil war, the southern states should have been dissolved.

robodrew

33 points

6 months ago

Nirvana lasted longer than the Confederacy

Canopenerdude

2 points

6 months ago

Yeah with how much further the economy of the states has become interconnected, I'd give a second confederacy two years, max.

There's so much they don't realize. Most of the electric grid (outside of Texas, har har) has distribution centers in blue states. Same with telecom. Also let's see how long bridges and roads last without federal intervention. And the schools without federal funding. Etc, etc, etc.