I’m about to tell you what you can do to light a fire under elected officials.
First, some of you have suffered greatly the last several days. Our prayers are with you, your loved ones, and your businesses as you try to pick up the pieces left behind by the punishing cold, ice and snow. We are so sorry for this additional trouble after such a brutal and maddening 2020 spilling over into January.
Truth is – your state government failed you. Your highest leaders knew the electric grid was vulnerable, but they put special interests above you.
The table pounding coming from state officials about “investigating” ERCOT is quite impressive – unless you know the truth.
Today, Gov. Abbott revised his legislative priorities and has now included “Mandating winterization of power generators and funding needed to ensure that winterization occurs” as “emergency” legislative priorities. So glad you finally arrived at the dance, Governor. You. Are. Exceedingly Late.
The truth is – grassroots leaders like Cathie Adams of Eagle Forum, Trayce Bradford and Cindi Castilla of Texas Eagle Forum, Anne Hettinger and Dana Harris of Texas Concerned Women for America, and Grassroots America along with hundreds of conservative grassroots leaders across Texas have been raising the alarm for at least ten years!
On May 30, 2017, after yet another legislative session blew by with NO action to secure the Texas electric grid, our Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition urged Gov. Abbott to call a special session to get the work done. The following is an excerpt from that letter:
“Governor, we respectfully ask that you send a signal to special interests that you value the lives and economic livelihood of Texans over their objections. Please put grid security on the call for a special session. Lives depend on getting this right.
The undersigned strongly support Senator Bob Hall’s grid security bill (SB 83), which will propel Texas forward in the urgent mission to strengthen, harden, and protect our electrical grid against natural-occurring and manmade attacks.”
Gov. Greg Abbott ignored the pleas we made on behalf of vulnerable Texans.
Gov. Abbott ignored needed legislation put forward by both State Sen. Bob Hall (SD2) and State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (HD 94) for the last SIX years!
There are other issues involved in this bureaucratic disaster – local tax breaks for green energy, taxpayer subsidies for wind and solar energy, and ERCOT having to ask permission from the US Dept. of Energy to produce more from “non-green” sources of energy and avoid federal penalties for exceeding emissions from coal and fossil fuel sources. (This is just idiocy!) We will send out more on those issues later. For now, get busy making your voice heard!
Take Immediate Action!
To a politician, your silence = your approval. So, speak up!
1. First, arm yourself with facts. Carefully read through the following press release sent out by Senator Bob Hall today. It’s only one page.
2. Read this article for a national perspective on the high cost Texans are needlessly enduring all because we have too many politicians who listen to lobbyists, political consultant hacks, and career bureaucrat staffers instead of REAL people! Click here to read the article titled “Texas Blackouts Highlight Costs of Ignoring Resilience” and be sure to watch the 8-minute video clip wherein retired US Marine Tommy Waller explains the urgency of securing the electric grid.
3. Then, call, email, and post messages on social media to Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, House Speaker Dade Phelan, your state representative and state senator. Be relentless!
4. Thank Senator Bob Hall and State Representative Tony Tinderholt for staying in the fight for you! Tell them they have your support!
For State Senators: https://senate.texas.gov/
For State Representatives: https://www.house.texas.gov/
Governor Greg Abbott: https://gov.texas.gov/contact
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick: https://www.ltgov.texas.gov/contact/
Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan: https://www.house.texas.gov/members/speaker/