Chairman declares, “need to know why so many fossil fuel sources failed, why ERCOT wasn’t better prepared, & who participated in the conspiracy to falsely blame renewables.”
Early Friday afternoon, Congressman Ro Khanna (D, CA-17), tweeted the following in relation to the Texas power grid failure this past week in the winter storms in Texas:
“As Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s Environment Subcommittee, I’m launching an investigation into how this [Texas power grid] mess unfolded.
“We need to know why so many fossil fuel sources failed, why ERCOT [Electric Reliability Council of Texas] wasn’t better prepared, & who participated in the conspiracy to falsely blame renewables.
“Once the dust settles here, I also plan to hold a hearing with the leaders responsible for this total meltdown.
“Texans need answers, Americans deserve to know the truth about the failures of fossil fuels, and we must know how to prevent this from happening again.”Congressman Ro Khanna series of tweets, 2/19/21
Chairman Khanna’s investigation, in addition to targeting the obvious near catastrophe of the entire Texas power grid being down for days for the entire state, also targets “conspiracy to falsely blame renewables”.
The 12-members (7 Democrats, 5 Republicans) of the House subcommittee led by Khanna are:
- Jim Cooper (TN-05)
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14)
- Rashida Tlaib (MI-13)
- Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)
- Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08)
- Cori Bush (MO-01)
- Ralph Norman (SC-05)
- Paul Gosar (AZ-04)
- Bob Gibbs (OH-07)
- Pat Fallon (TX-04)
- Yvette Herrell (NM-02)
Given the composition of the Environment Subcommittee, to say this subcommittee investigation and the promised hearings that will follow will be “interesting” is an understatement.
With half of the now 6-member Leftist “Squad” including leader AOC sitting on this panel (Tlaib, Bush are other two), contrasted by the two Republican freshmen from energy producing states, in particular, Congressman Pat Fallon from the state under investigation, the subcommittee hearings could see some fireworks.
And as reported on McHenry County Blog on Friday, AOC is in the Houston area today seeing the aftermath firsthand.
And AOC already “signal-boosted” to her 12.4 million Twitter followers Khanna’s tweet thread late Friday afternoon.
We’ll be watching closely as this unfolds, especially with an Illinois congressman on the subcommittee.
The Texas Tribune article embedded in Khanna’s tweet can be viewed here.