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Houston Chronicle - Correcting phony Infowars report


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Thanks for the link to a pay wall.


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Every thing is a right wing conspiracy. So saith those that don't believe in conspiracy theory from the left.


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Houston, you have a problem.


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That information is disinformation! Pay us to tell you why!


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LINK /

differnt article same topic no pay wall


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Schumer mocking the dead in Texas is all the proof anyo needs that the Biden administration murdered those people.


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Yeah, they didn't read too closely and end up proving Infowars right once again. Shocked.


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Whiznot
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Nothing blocked me from reading the article. I guess the Chronicle just dislikes you for some reason.

I just clicked my link. There was no paywall for me. I'm behind a pi-hole using encrypted DNS with Vivaldi browser and Ublock Origin.
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As millions of Texans regained power after a severe winter storm brought snow, ice and freezing temperatures, some conspiracy theorists tried to pin the widespread outage on the Biden administration.
On Feb. 20, InfoWars, a conspiracy website run by Alex Jones, published an article with the headline: "Joe Biden’s Dept. of Energy Blocked Texas from Increasing Power Ahead of Killer Storm."
"An Emergency Order from the Biden administration’s Department of Energy shows Texas energy grid operator ERCOT was instructed to stay within green energy standards by purchasing energy from outside the state at a higher cost, throttling power output throughout the state ahead of a catastrophic polar vortex," the story says.
The article, interspersed with ads for InfoWars-brand sleep aid supplements, was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
Facebook has banned InfoWars and associated accounts from its platform since 2019, citing concerns about hate speech and content promoting violence. Still, this article had been shared thousands of times on Facebook, so we wanted to take a closer look.



The story is wrong — the Energy Department did not "block" Texas from increasing power production before the winter storm hit. The "major smoking gun" cited by InfoWars is actually an emergency order that temporarily suspended federal emissions caps in the state so that some power plants could operate at maximum capacity.
We reached out to InfoWars for a comment, but we haven’t heard back.

Energy Department granted request for increased power

ERCOT stands for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. It was created in 1970 to oversee the state’s power grid beyond the reach of federal regulators.
As freezing temperatures descended on large areas of the central and southern Plains, ERCOT asked its customers to conserve energy amid "record-breaking electric demand." On Feb. 15, ERCOT reported that about 34 gigawatts of power were offline, mainly due to frozen instruments at natural gas and coal plants.
Before that outage, ERCOT sent a letter to acting Energy Secretary David Huizenga requesting emergency assistance. Specifically, the corporation asked the government to allow Texas power plants to exceed federal emissions requirements until Feb. 19 so that they could operate at maximum capacity.
"In ERCOT’s judgment, the loss of power to homes and local businesses in the areas affected by curtailments presents a far greater risk to public health and safety than the temporary exceedances of those permit limits that would be allowed under the requested order," ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness wrote. "This request is narrowly tailored to allow only the exceedances that are necessary to ensure reliability over the next few days."
The emissions ERCOT mentioned in its letter were sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury, and carbon monoxide. The corporation also anticipated an influx of wastewater as a result of the increased demand for electricity.
On Feb. 14, the same day ERCOT sent its letter, the Energy Department issued an emergency order granting ERCOT’s request.
"Given the emergency nature of the expected load stress … I have determined that additional dispatch of the Specified Resources is necessary to best meet the emergency and serve the public interest," Huizenga wrote. "Because the additional generation may result in a conflict with environmental standards and requirements, I am authorizing only the necessary additional generation, with reporting requirements as described below."

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Parkdoll Jackson Burks, gets a hug from Jerry Garcia, Harris County Constable Precint 2, who was delivering meals from the Houston Food Bank at the Big Bass Resort, in Houston, Thursday, February 18, 2021. The Big Bass Resort, which is home to mostly seniors was out of power for three days after a winter storm left people without power and water along with freezing temperatures. She was cooking her meals with sterno cans on top of a tin roasting pan and delivering the meals with a lantern in the darkened hallways.1of100Parkdoll Jackson Burks, gets a hug from Jerry Garcia, Harris County Constable Precint 2, who was delivering meals from the Houston Food Bank at the Big Bass Resort, in Houston, Thursday, February 18, 2021. The Big Bass Resort, which is home to mostly seniors was out of power for three days after a winter storm left people without power and water along with freezing temperatures. She was cooking her meals with sterno cans on top of a tin roasting pan and delivering the meals with a lantern in the darkened hallways.Karen Warren/Staff photographerSamir Haq, a home-health nurse, covers Hailey Cheevers, 11, as he gets her settled in her home after she returned following several days of winter storms Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Houston. Pipes broke in the cold weather causing parts of the ceiling to collapse.Volunteers help distributing free bottled water at a mass distribution Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at Delmar Stadium in Houston. The city is still under boil water order and some places are still having low water pressure.
The emergency order applied predominantly to coal and natural gas plants. The Energy Department stipulated that ERCOT should "exhaust all reasonably and practically available resources" to "minimize an increase in emissions."
Many Facebook posts center on stipulations of the emergency order that permitted ERCOT to exceed emissions standards only under specific emergency levels. Those stipulations did not prevent Texas from ramping up its power production.
In an emailed statement, the Energy Department told PolitiFact that its order "allowed specified power plants to generate up to their maximum capacity in order to manage the expected increase in electricity demand."
We reached out to the White House and ERCOT for comments, but we haven’t heard back.

Our ruling

InfoWars wrote that the Energy Department "Blocked Texas from Increasing Power Ahead of Killer Storm."
That’s wrong — the Energy Department did the opposite. On the same day that ERCOT asked the government to allow power plants to exceed federal emissions caps, the Energy Department granted the request. The emergency order helped Texas increase its power production during what became a devastating winter storm.
InfoWars’ article is inaccurate and ridiculous. We rate it Pants on Fire!


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re: Houston Chronicle - Correcting phony Infowars report
Iirc wasn't the infowars article more a question about whether or not it was the case? Attaching the ruling, and pointing out interesting parts that made it seem like it was the case. More interpretation points pointing to it. Not as much opinion.

Question should be...was there or was there not a consideration for authorization based on "green" effects on whatever was granted? If so, then that's the issue if it caused a delay. Pretty simple.


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Whiznot
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re: Houston Chronicle - Correcting phony Infowars report
Thanks for the helpful post.

There will be some people who appreciate facts but not those who find Alex Jones and Infowars credible.


AlwysATgr
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re: Houston Chronicle - Correcting phony Infowars report
How much time elapsed in that "same day?" Could be 23H59M or 0H01M. Lots can happen in that time.

And it all misses the bigger question: why do Texans have to get federal permission to save the lives of Texans during an emergency?


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dgnx6
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ERCOT officials said that some generators implemented new winter practices after the freeze a decade ago, and new voluntary “best practices” were adopted. Woodfin said that during subsequent storms, such as in 2018, it appeared that those efforts worked. But he said this storm was even more extreme than regulators anticipated based on models developed after the 2011 storm. He acknowledged that any changes made were “not sufficient to keep these generators online,” during this storm.




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dgnx6
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Thanks for the helpful post.

There will be some people who appreciate facts but not those who find Alex Jones and Infowars credible.


Well you have people saying they did nothing from 2011 and they did. So both sides are fricking lying then. Go figure.


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