Truth be told, Texas natural gas is going down for us. one more time

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In the aftermath of the February crisis, Texas policymakers sought to conform to political narrative. But we have a hard time believing that natural gas is going down again, which prepares us for another energy crisis.

Texas is the world’s third largest natural gas producer after Russia and the United States. He has helped us to clean up the energy sector by displacing us from the rich and coal. Gas is good for us and as a region we are central. But as a result, it’s just a matter of time before the next one arrives. Just as there was a cold explosion at Groundhog Day in 2011 and a cold snap in 1989, we cannot believe that gas plunged us into a winter storm in February.

Texas condemns anything and everything except natural gas, no matter how useless. The power outage in a grid-controlled grid must be wind-blown. In a state where politics is dominated by many scoundrels, liberals are doomed.

In a state with its own, neutral grid, it must be the fault of out-of-state politicians who have no say in our decisions. In the face of the consequences of its own violent decisions over the past few decades, some future plans, such as the Green New Deal, must be a failure, an uncomfortable policy concept that does not exist yet.

In the event that a significant portion of the natural gas supply is cooled, it will be the fault of the electric regulators to cut off the supply of gas to power plants (even those with strong gas supply contracts), even if they do not have a regulator. Natural gas system.

Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. But the problem with Texas was not that we had too few gas stations. The main problem during the blackout was that the power stations remained too small or too small.

Many gas stations have fallen out of the cold, and many of those that could have worked could not get the gas they needed to continue because Texas’ natural gas production has dropped dramatically. According to the University of Austin, Texas, Peruvian gas production has dropped by 80% or more due to cold weather.

But our natural worship for natural gas prevents Texas from seeing these flaws, and that can bite us back.

Why is gas supply so weak in Texas? There are many reasons.

Gas suppliers did not cool down enough during the winter, so there were plenty of parking spaces, especially in the Permian Basin. It costs tens of thousands of dollars to cool wells or other equipment, and some gas companies have concluded that the investment is worthless, despite the risks to human life and the economy.

Instead of serving as a reliable supplier of fuel for the power sector, many gas suppliers have signed up for power outages (which means that consumers are willing to lose power in a grid emergency and provide cheaper electricity). Some have signed up to the Texas Electricity Safety Council’s Emergency Response Services Program, which pays industry customers well to turn off their equipment when power supply is tight.

This means that some gas companies have been rewarded with a lack of reliability, which exacerbates problems in the power sector. To make matters worse, hundreds of gas producers have not been able to register their equipment as a critical infrastructure, which means that, like regular consumers, their power may be cut off during utilities. To make matters worse, some gas companies are listed as critical infrastructure and uninterrupted infrastructure, which means trying to grab your cake and eat it.

The evidence is clear now – five days before the February 10, February 15, gas shutdown, it was not a power outage that caused the gas system to fail, but a catastrophic gas outage. The power system will fail.

In February, wind, solar, nuclear, coal, or natural gas power plants spilled billions of dollars on the table.

While gas producers and plumbers had low performance, some still made huge profits.

According to a recent Bloomberg report, gas supplies and pipeline companies have suffered at least $ 11 billion in five days of hurricanes, a significant moral risk: gas suppliers may receive financial rewards, even if they are unreliable.

While natural gas-producing continents boosted profits and earnings in the first quarter of the year, the company’s natural gas production declined compared to the previous year, and the company suffered a February storm.

It is a major asset transfer that primarily enriches natural gas producers and allows us to carry ten years or more of utility bills.

Some gas producers then make huge political donations to government-appointed regulators and policymakers, encouraging politicians to go hand in hand when they see bad behavior.

And that means that if the reliability of the power is not improved, there is a risk that the interruption will occur again.

By the way, local gas utilities, such as Atoms, have done their best to keep them afloat. They worked to supply gas to residential customers to the point of death, but within hours the market prices were rising with orders. Imagine if grocery stores add $ 3 to $ 1,000 for containers or milk, battery packs, or gallons of fuel. In the event of an emergency, charging large amounts of essential resources is considered an increase in prices and is illegal for most commodities. But it is not natural gas.

Instead of jumping for gas and hurting teenagers, let’s be honest about it. Renewers, of course, have their own set of challenges. But after years of gas activists beating their chests about gas safety, it is time for them to be more honest about themselves and themselves about the fundamental flaws in the gas system.

Before readers can be accused of being some kind of anti-gas advocate, they should know that I have come up with a number of pieces that argue that the oil and gas industry is critical to the future of low carbon. I sit on the board of the GITI Board (formerly the Institute of Gas Technology, for the Gas Industry Industry Alliance) and do research in collaboration with gas companies.

I can think of two things at once: 1) Natural gas may play a significant role in our future low carbon energy system and 2) the gas industry must act responsibly.

Our greatest danger now is to find the wrong people and blame them, and then make the right decisions or the wrong solutions. That puts us at risk for a major power outage in the future.

Michael E. Weber is a professor of energy resources at the University of Austin, Texas. His documentary TV series Power Journey Travel History is available on Apple TV, Amazon General Video and local PBS stations. He wrote this column for the Dallas Morning News.

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