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Griddy customers face $5,000 electric bills for 5 freezing days in Texas

20 February[ —]
Some Texans are facing yet another crisis: how to pay enormous electric bills. The Texas power supplier Griddy, which sells unusual plans with prices tied...
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@cindygallop on Twitter
@cindygallop: Dallas News: Griddy customers face $5,000 electric bills for 5 freezing days in Texas dallasnews.com/business/2021/…
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@kegill on Twitter
@kegill: My parents use Griddy and immediately realized their electric bill was skyrocketing so they shut everything down. They had power throughout the entire storm and aftermath, but still sat there in the freezing cold for days cause they couldn’t afford to turn on the heat. twitter.com/mariahalkias/s…
@Chronotope on Twitter
@Chronotope: A great argument for public ownership of utilities cc @NYCDSA_Ecosoc dallasnews.com/business/2021/…
@HeerJeet on Twitter
@HeerJeet: Capitalism, ya gotta love it folks. twitter.com/jaketapper/sta…
@JoyAnnReid on Twitter
@JoyAnnReid: Case in point: dallasnews.com/business/2021/…
@mmasnick on Twitter
@mmasnick: “It’s been 43 degrees in the house since Monday, and I still have a $5,000 bill” twitter.com/dallasnews/sta…
@mattyglesias on Twitter
@mattyglesias: Seems like a good system twitter.com/jaketapper/sta…
@gadyepstein on Twitter
@gadyepstein: This is what utilities wanted most (and often got) from the deregulation push of the 2000s, the ability to jack up prices. Pols parroted lobbyist claims that dereg would be good for consumers, dismissed fears of price-gouging and rammed these bills through twitter.com/mcpli/status/1…
@ScottMonty on Twitter
@ScottMonty: twitter.com/jaketapper/sta… pic.twitter.com/sYToeTU4LE

The Texas Freeze: Why the Power Grid Failed - WSJ

20 February[ —]
The state’s electricity system was considered a model. This week’s outages revealed shortcomings in the market structure, including with incentives to producers.
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@amykknapp on Twitter
@amykknapp: Texas built an electricity market that assumed generators would make sure their systems worked in all weather. That was a bad assumption. on.wsj.com/3uieGxZ
@EstherWojcicki on Twitter
@EstherWojcicki: The Texas Freeze: Why the Power Grid Failed - The Wall Street Journal nzzl.us/ebvzFJb via @nuzzel VERY SAD. We all need to help Texas
@JamesFallows on Twitter
@JamesFallows: As per usual, @WSJ news pages delivering well-reported versions of actual reality, in contrast to what is found elsewhere in the same paper. wsj.com/articles/texas… pic.twitter.com/7j73JezYxi
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@paulkrugman on Twitter
@paulkrugman: Good explanation of what went wrong in Texas, basically saying the same thing I said earlier today but in more detail 1/ wsj.com/articles/texas…
@maggieNYT on Twitter
@maggieNYT: Why is Texas freezing? Beyond the weather, a major culprit is the design of the state’s electricity market on.wsj.com/3dvmhDh

Texas Crisis Exposes a Nation’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

http://twitter.com/bradplumerplay episode download
20 February[ —]
nytimes.com - By Christopher Flavelle, Brad Plumer and Hiroko Tabuchi
Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states.
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@SominiSengupta on Twitter
@SominiSengupta: It’s not just the power grid, and it’s not just Texas: From transportation to water to toxic waste, American infrastructure is fundamentally unprepared for climate shocks. With ⁦@bradplumer⁩ & ⁦@HirokoTabuchi⁩ nytimes.com/2021/02/20/cli…
@jswatz on Twitter
@jswatz: This week's storms showed that American infrastructure isn't ready for climate change.   nyti.ms/3s4w7jA
@jswatz on Twitter
@jswatz: The chaos in Texas reveals a deeper problem with America's infrastructure: Past weather extremes are no longer a reliable guide to the future. nyti.ms/2OO2bty
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@drvolts on Twitter
@drvolts: Like Costa says. twitter.com/CostaSamaras/s…
@nytimes on Twitter
@nytimes: The winter storms battering the U.S. brought tragedy, strife and most of all, a warning: The nation’s infrastructure is vulnerable to climate change. nyti.ms/3s9csiv
@maggieNYT on Twitter
@maggieNYT: “We are colliding with a future of extremes" said Alice Hill, former Obama administration climate planner. "We base all our choices about risk management on what’s occurred in the past, and that is no longer a safe guide.” @cflav @bradplumer @HirokoTabuchi nytimes.com/2021/02/20/cli…
@brianstelter on Twitter
@brianstelter: "Much of this infrastructure was built decades ago, under the expectation that the environment around it would remain stable, or at least fluctuate within predictable bounds. Now climate change is upending that assumption..." twitter.com/nytclimate/sta…

Video on Twitter

20 February[ —]
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@ePatientDave on Twitter
@ePatientDave: We have LIFTOFF of @NorthropGrumman’s S.S. Katherine Johnson spacecraft carrying 8,000 pounds of @ISS_Research & supplies to the @Space_Station! pic.twitter.com/jmJQTHtyKj
@keithboykin on Twitter
@keithboykin: We have LIFTOFF of @NorthropGrumman’s S.S. Katherine Johnson spacecraft carrying 8,000 pounds of @ISS_Research & supplies to the @Space_Station! pic.twitter.com/jmJQTHtyKj
@NASA on Twitter
@NASA: We have LIFTOFF of @NorthropGrumman’s S.S. Katherine Johnson spacecraft carrying 8,000 pounds of @ISS_Research & supplies to the @Space_Station! pic.twitter.com/jmJQTHtyKj
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@hodgman on Twitter
@hodgman: We have LIFTOFF of @NorthropGrumman’s S.S. Katherine Johnson spacecraft carrying 8,000 pounds of @ISS_Research & supplies to the @Space_Station! pic.twitter.com/jmJQTHtyKj

Subscribe to read | Financial Times

20 February[ —]
News, analysis and comment from the Financial Times, the worldʼs leading global business publication
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@EstherWojcicki on Twitter
@EstherWojcicki: Dow CEO urges Biden to use Texas as catalyst to kickstart infrastructure - The Financial Times nzzl.us/GZgKxUN via @nuzzel AGREE
@Edgecliffe on Twitter
@Edgecliffe: “I think this is a little bit like the pandemic: you don’t waste the crisis, you use this to drill in,” Jim Fitterling told the @FT - interview with ⁦@mylesmccormick_⁩ on.ft.com/2M6T8Tw
@FT on Twitter
@FT: Dow CEO urges Biden to use Texas as catalyst to kickstart infrastructure on.ft.com/3sd2RXX
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@FinancialTimes on Twitter
@FinancialTimes: Dow CEO urges Biden to use Texas as catalyst to kickstart infrastructure on.ft.com/3sdHoxW

Is This Real Audio From Mars?

20 February[ —]
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@digiphile on Twitter
@digiphile: @NASAPersevere will be capable of capturing sound, but @NASA hasn’t shared any yet. The video still getting millions of views on Twitter is a clever hoax: it combines @MarsCuriosity video with audio: snopes.com/fact-check/mar… Good fun, but not legitimate. pic.twitter.com/gw5k6BYbFt
@zeynep on Twitter
@zeynep: Snopes on that faked Mars video going around -> snopes.com/fact-check/mar… Follow @NASAPersevere if you want the real stuff! The first GENUINE video and audio from the surface of Mars coming soon!!
@digiphile on Twitter
@digiphile: Snopes on that faked Mars video going around -> snopes.com/fact-check/mar… Follow @NASAPersevere if you want the real stuff! The first GENUINE video and audio from the surface of Mars coming soon!!
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@krave on Twitter
@krave: Snopes on that faked Mars video going around -> snopes.com/fact-check/mar… Follow @NASAPersevere if you want the real stuff! The first GENUINE video and audio from the surface of Mars coming soon!!
@codinghorror on Twitter
@codinghorror: Snopes on that faked Mars video going around -> snopes.com/fact-check/mar… Follow @NASAPersevere if you want the real stuff! The first GENUINE video and audio from the surface of Mars coming soon!!
@rklau on Twitter
@rklau: As someone who RT'd that fake video purporting to be from Perseverance, I'm grateful to scientists like @AstroKatie and others who help us understand the real stuff from the bogus stuff. twitter.com/AstroKatie/sta…

We’ll Have Herd Immunity by April - WSJ

20 February[ —]
Covid cases have dropped 77% in six weeks. Experts should level with the public about the good news.
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@AaronKlein on Twitter
@AaronKlein: A very welcome opinion from Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Let us pray he’s right! twitter.com/eddyelfenbein/…
@EstherWojcicki on Twitter
@EstherWojcicki: Opinion | We'll Have Herd Immunity by April - The Wall Street Journal nzzl.us/hEuxbNS via @nuzzel thanks @wadhwa HOPE THIS IS TRUE
@matthewherper on Twitter
@matthewherper: No, we won't. A deeply flawed oped wsj.com/articles/well-… —55% of Americans do not have natural immunity —2/3 of the US population has not had covid —Wrong on T-cell protection —Very high Brazil infection rate was not protective —150M will not be vaccinated by March end pic.twitter.com/NLGVnUJv2Y
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The Texas Freeze: Why the Power Grid Failed - WSJ

20 February[ —]
The state’s electricity system was considered a model. This week’s outages revealed shortcomings in the market structure, including with incentives to producers.
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@Chronotope on Twitter
@Chronotope: The Texas Freeze: Why the Power Grid Failed This story explains the legalized cruelty of the Texas energy market and the catastrophe of relying on market incentives during an emergency wsj.com/articles/texas…
@HeerJeet on Twitter
@HeerJeet: There is a FEDERAL INVESTIGATION FROM TEN YEARS AGO ANTICIPATING THIS twitter.com/hshaban/status…
@MollyJongFast on Twitter
@MollyJongFast: There is a FEDERAL INVESTIGATION FROM TEN YEARS AGO ANTICIPATING THIS twitter.com/hshaban/status…
@gadyepstein on Twitter
@gadyepstein: The Texas Freeze: Why the Power Grid Failed This story explains the legalized cruelty of the Texas energy market and the catastrophe of relying on market incentives during an emergency wsj.com/articles/texas…
@mehdirhasan on Twitter
@mehdirhasan: The Texas Freeze: Why the Power Grid Failed This story explains the legalized cruelty of the Texas energy market and the catastrophe of relying on market incentives during an emergency wsj.com/articles/texas…
@AdamSerwer on Twitter
@AdamSerwer: There is a FEDERAL INVESTIGATION FROM TEN YEARS AGO ANTICIPATING THIS twitter.com/hshaban/status…

- The Washington Post

20 February[ —]
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@mindofandre on Twitter
@mindofandre: A necessary read via @uche_blackstock& @oni_blackstock: “While much focus has been on vaccine hesitancy as a cause of racial inequities in coronavirus vaccine uptake, access to the vaccine has been a key barrier for Black communities.” washingtonpost.com/opinions/black…
@ayanaeliza on Twitter
@ayanaeliza: In today’s @PostOpinions, @oni_blackstock and I make the case that given the impact of systemic racism on shortening the lives of Black Americans, age cutoffs to qualify for the #COVID vaccine should be adjusted or removed for Black Americans. washingtonpost.com/opinions/black…
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@dabeard on Twitter
@dabeard: Canada and Australia has lowered the #COVID19 vaccination age for Indigenous peoples to reflect lower life expectancies and higher cumulative stress. The US should do so for Black Americans, 2 experts argue. washingtonpost.com/opinions/black…
@merbroussard on Twitter
@merbroussard: In today’s @PostOpinions, @oni_blackstock and I make the case that given the impact of systemic racism on shortening the lives of Black Americans, age cutoffs to qualify for the #COVID vaccine should be adjusted or removed for Black Americans. washingtonpost.com/opinions/black…

@twothickscoops: 'can't stop laughing at these early jim henson commercials where one guy just kills another for not liking wilkins coffee '

20 February[ —]
twitter.com - will
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@amykknapp on Twitter
@amykknapp: can't stop laughing at these early jim henson commercials where one guy just kills another for not liking wilkins coffee pic.twitter.com/ZtfE06p0pR
@sacca on Twitter
@sacca: can't stop laughing at these early jim henson commercials where one guy just kills another for not liking wilkins coffee pic.twitter.com/ZtfE06p0pR
@cdibona on Twitter
@cdibona: can't stop laughing at these early jim henson commercials where one guy just kills another for not liking wilkins coffee pic.twitter.com/ZtfE06p0pR
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@ScottMonty on Twitter
@ScottMonty: twitter.com/twothickscoops… pic.twitter.com/vbwJ3cGuKo
@shaunking on Twitter
@shaunking: can't stop laughing at these early jim henson commercials where one guy just kills another for not liking wilkins coffee pic.twitter.com/ZtfE06p0pR
@gruber on Twitter
@gruber: We need @Criterion to do a full HD restoration of these. twitter.com/twothickscoops…

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