IL-08: Environment Subcommittee of House Oversight and Reform Committee to Investigate Texas’ Power Grid Failure

Ro Khanna

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

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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”.

Raja Krishnamoorthi
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The 12-members (7 Democrats, 5 Republicans) of the House subcommittee led by Khanna are:

  • Democrats
    • 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)
Pat Fallon
Yvette Herrell
  • Republicans
    • 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.


Comments

IL-08: Environment Subcommittee of House Oversight and Reform Committee to Investigate Texas’ Power Grid Failure — 10 Comments

  1. “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

    You can’t make this up.

  2. These Indian pagans should be packed up and booted.

    Why are they here if India is so good?

    In 2041, the Red Chinese will reduce their overpopulated pollution pit into burnt cinders.

  3. Who better to advise Texans, than a California Democrat that has made Pacific Power Blackouts and wildfires caused by idiotic environmental policy an annual event?

  4. Congressional investigations are show trials.

    What’s the point of investigating when one side is just going to blame windmills and the other is going to blame fossil fuel?

    They’ve already said what they think is to blame and what is not to blame.

    Their minds are not going to change. Look at the lobbies that butter their bread… They won’t buck their donors and their political base.

    Almost everything in Washington is a foregone conclusion.

    These people can’t be trusted to investigate anything in a neutral, objective way.

  5. This has all the appearances of a show trial, and if conventional wisdom holds, that’s what it will be..

    But in the past week, we’ve seen acts of God through grace and mercy, help Texans. Good example, AOC abandoning her petty partisanship to raise over $3.2M (through last night) to help Texans, using the gifts God has given her.

    And just as AOC has used her gifts, others on the panel, particularly the two Republican freshmen from energy states like New Mexico and Texas, the topic of this investigation, now have the opportunity to shine, especially Fallon.

    We’ll see, but as this current crisis in Texas has already shown, God uses the least expected, and He may do this again here at this subcommittee.

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