Smart thermostats can be remotely adjusted during periods of high energy demand. ... Power companies in Texas are remotely raising temperatures inside of some customers’ homes amid the state’s ongoing energy shortage. Houston resident Brandon English, whose home has an internet-connected smart thermostat installed, was shocked to learn of the practice after his wife and infant daughter “woke up sweating.”
"Politics thoroughly corrupted climate science over 30 years ago, but it’s now beginning to corrupt energy policy and engineering, which is a far greater problem than the former. Billionaires own large media corporations, which means they control the flow of information. Whoever controls information controls society. Journalists will do anything to make a good headline that suits the agenda. They aren’t interested in truth, if they were, they’d allow opposing voices to be heard."
Based on research from the Institute for Energy Research (see their articles here and here),
Robert P. Murphy: "Of the total amount of electricity delivered on this first day of blackouts, 65 percent came from natural gas, while only 6 percent came from wind and 2 percent from solar."
"A year earlier, during a normal mid-February day, natural gas “only” supplied 43 percent of the total electricity, whereas wind accounted for 28 percent and solar was the same at 2 percent." ...
"To sum up, compared with the same date a year earlier, during the first day of the blackouts in Texas, electricity from natural gas was 91 percent higher, while electricity from wind was 72 percent lower."
Washington Times: “What happened in Texas is a preview of what the climate crisis will look like — coast to coast — if we fail to make transformational infrastructure investments now,” said Lori Lodes of Climate Power. “President Biden knows we have to build back better and work together towards a clean energy future.”
Not buying it was climate change skeptic Marc Morano, founder of the ClimateDepot.com. “The proponents of the Green New Deal are desperately trying to push the theme that the more green energy fails, the more green energy must be mandated,” Mr. Morano said. “But there is no scientific, economic, or energy reason to expand wind power even more in Texas.”
“The data, studies, and even the UN IPCC have proven that extreme weather is on no trend or declining trends on climate time scales,” said Mr. Morano, whose book “Green Fraud” will be released March 23. “There is no scientific way they can blame the bad weather in Texas on ‘climate change,’ so they instead choose political and pseudoscientific ways to link cold and snow and ice to ‘climate change.’”
Morano: "You have Schumer out there you have John Kerry out there, blaming this cold on global warming. And this is what they've done for decades now repeatedly. Any weather event proves their cause. And so record cold, record snows, record ice. It's all because we weren't prepared for global warming. There's no weather event that can falsify their theory. And that's what makes us so maddening. In my book, Green Fraud, I have a whole chapter about how the solution to the global cooling coming Ice Age scare in the 1970s literally mirrored, the solutions of the Green New Deal today.
The environmentalist in the 1970s who were pushing the global Ice Age scare were literally proposing green New Deal-style restrictions on America and central planning. It is the most amazing thing. They don't miss a beat, no matter what weather event happens, their answer is central planning, coercive government policies and shutting down free-market capitalism."
Many of the world’s leading models are now projecting warming rates that most scientists, including the modelmakers themselves, believe are implausibly fast. In advance of the U.N. report, scientists have scrambled to understand what went wrong and how to turn the models, which in other respects are more powerful and trustworthy than their predecessors, into useful guidance for policymakers. ... Climate models used by next month’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report project more warming over an 1850–1900 baseline than those in a 2013 report. Scientists are using recent observed warming to rein them in.