Houston, we have a problem… actually we have two problems
- Texas has massive power outages as an “unprecedented” polar vortex hits, and
- we just can’t agree on what to conclude from this event.
The current unfortunate (and I assume uncomfortable) situation in Texas where over 4 million people were without electricity earlier this week, is revealing about how people view the energy debate.
- On one extreme I have seen multiple “sharings” of a (very) old photo of a helicopter de-icing a wind turbine to “prove” how reliance on renewable energy has caused the problems.
- On the other extreme, it is claimed that the polar vortex is yet more proof that climate change is here and now and we should demand more renewables and shut O&G (and nuclear).
Both of these are confirmation bias in action.
Unfortunately, reality is likely to be far more complex. Texas looks like a plane-crash in the sense that a lot of things have had to line up (badly) for the outages to happen.Continue reading “Houston, we have a problem”