GOP lies disrepect the people - including children - whom they kill. In Texas, we knew in 2011 that state faced a power collapse if plants werent winterized. Dems put forward a bill requiring plants to winterize to prevent the collapse. GOP voted it down because "freedumb"...1
...and "the free market" and the endlessly bogus incantation "jobs!" when winterizing would have created, not killed, jobs. Reality: Winterizing, requiring power reserves through long term contracts and not just depend on spot market, would cost energy companies money. And...2
...they are the biggest bribers - i mean, GOP campaign contributors - in Texas. So, it saved some money. But this didn't change reality. The report from 2011 and the science made it certain that the power system would collapse. GOP scoffed and laughed, as they ALWAYs do when...3
..realities of science and physics say they cant do what they want. We see it now, with COVID. These people would rather murder half-a-million people than accept that every health department in the industrialized world is right - masks controls the spread. Countries where...4
...masks are worn universally have extremely low spread. We are a bunch of idiots, and we have had endless spread. The GOP never explains this - because if reality smacked them in the face, they would have to do what they didn't want to. And "I don' wanna!" is the foundation...5
..of the GOP's self-grievance policies. So, half a million die, and what happens? Fox and the GOP - all people who have had nothing more than high school science (which they probably failed) start attacking a man who was the center fighter against AIDS, Ebola, development of...6
...biodefense drugs, and is one of the most cited scientists in the medical literature in history. But now, Fauci knows nothing and Tucker knows everything. Because it's convenient. Reality is difficult, and reality means Fox News helped murder 500,000 people. So they ignore..7
...reality, find a villain, leave themselves blameless and move on. Which brings us back to Texas. EVERY person in Texas who paid ANY attention since 2011 knew this could happen - we were told it could by the government, and the scientists said it would. The GOP snickered. And..8
...when the inevitable happened, & bodies piled up, what did they do? Lie & blame. I never imagined that, if someone told GOP not to pull the trigger because it would kill Bob, and GOP laughed and pulled the trigger anyway and it killed Bob, GOP could blame someone who wasnt...9
...there. Who and what have they blamed? Biden, AOC, wind power. Every bit of that entails lying about what happened in Texas, hiding that we knew it was coming, that we tried to stop it, and that the GOP blocked the efforts to prevent catastrophe because their contributors...10
...would have had slightly less in profits in 2013-2014. (Note: Decreasing profits also brings down stock price. CEOs who hang out with mass murderer @GregAbbott_TX have stock options that become very valuable if price goes up, so they bribe Greg to sell out Texans so that...11
...the rich guy can add a few more than the 26 refrigerators he has in his mansion (NOTE: This is a real example)

@GregAbbott_TX and the GOP are now desperately trying to find a villain anywhere but in the mirror. First instinct: Go for democrats who have little power in TX...12
...then go after power that is associated with the devil in the minds of the ignorant (NOTE: This will die off for one big reason. The Texas energy companies that the GOP fluffs invested huge amounts in wind power, and now it is the power with the biggest profit margin. It...13
...may make the blood boil at Fox News, but when they finally realize that the Texas good ol' boys running standard energy companies get the power cheap from windmills - and so they like it - Fox will change and so will Texas GOP.)

So now, @GregAbbott_TX and the frauds...14
...are lying by going after @ERCOT_ISO - manager of Texas electricity - because ERCOT didn't fall in line & start mouthing the GOP lies about the cause, but instead said they were wrong. So get ready for GOP hearings ripping ERCOT apart.

But ERCOT couldnt do much without...15
...GOP authorization. ERCOT didnt have the ability to force energy providers to winterize their systems, or to bury the pipelines deeper and expand them (Texas did them shallower and narrower than most to save money - but that led to gas freezing in pipelines). It was *all* ...16
...caused by the GOP. Before 2005 their decisions could have been excused as errors based on no solid information. And before 2011, it could be excused by misunderstanding. But after 2011? THEY knew. DEMOCRATS knew. TEXANS knew. If we didn't winterize, people would die...17
...they gambled with our lives, & we lost. Now, as they look out upon the bodies of the dead, their first instinct has been to lie and blame. Reality doesnt care about spin. If the GOP continues fighting reality, more people will die. It might be next year, or the year after...18
...that, or in 5 years or 10. But if TX GOP doesnt address gther ACTUAL problem, more people will die.

Children died in the Texas freeze. A man froze to death in his recliner. Some burned to death trying to keep warm. If GOP continues to lie, it spits on all of their graves.

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On you, Greg. On you.

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