yeah, we're still having intermittent power outages ... controlled supposedly ... no electricity with gas, no gas, with electricity. People pointing fingers at each other ... typical Texas economics is the root of it.
“But those who have been under the shadow, who have gone down at last to elemental things, will have a wider charity” - Herbert George Wells -
Europe has also been hit with a bad cold front in the past week, with a strong current coming from the direction of Russia. As the matter of fact, I couldn't even get to the shops on Saturday because my car sleeps outside, and after having spent the better part of an hour scraping the snow and ice off of my car, I couldn't get the engine to start. Or that is to say, the battery was still functioning fine ─ to my surprise, because that battery is 9 years old already, while my original battery already died at only 6 years old ─ and the engine did tick over and made a few revs, but then it immediately stalled again after about a second with each attempt due to the oil in the sump having been frozen to a jelly. That has never happened to me before.
As of today, the temperatures over here are climbing again ─ I was actually outside earlier tonight, and the engine was purring like a happy cat all along ─ and come next weekend, we're going to be hitting 18°C, which is "I'll just leave my coat at home" weather, albeit that bringing an umbrella might not be a bad idea, because it's kinda rainy now. But so right now, we're getting a current from the South-West, which is notably (and thankfully) warmer.
Belgium is quite known for its capricious climate, but there's no denying that the global climate change phenomenon is having an impact on our weather. About a month ago, it was even snowing and freezing in Spain, which is at the Mediterranean and thus normally has a very warm climate compared to the rest of Europe. The images in the news were just as surreal then as the ones of Texas that I saw yesterday.
= DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR =
Give me (a -t) for Texas ...
Texas governor calls for probe into power grid operator ERCOT
Brian Sullivan reports a combination of factors such as a colder-than-expected storm, an industry unprepared for winter weather and a shortage of energy and wind power have created the massive power and water shortage in Texas. Texas also relies on nonprofit, Electric Reliability Council of Texas for its electric power grid, unlike other areas in the U.S., which is problematic. He joins Shep Smith to discuss.
Feb 16, 2021
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