Archive for June 3rd, 2021

P’s Run

The only thing that caught my attention from the George P announcement for his run for Texas Attorney General was his telling reporters afterwards that Joe Biden was elected President.  Donald Trump doesn’t think that.  Neither does the majority of Republicans. I also wonder if P’s dad Jeb will come into Texas and campaign for him.  

Here is from my friend Bill King: 

In response to a disaster that killed hundreds of Texans (we still don’t know how many) and cost billions of dollars (we still don’t know how much), the Texas Legislature passed a handful of totally inadequate bills that will not assure Texans such a disaster will not occur again.  Nor did the Legislature answer the question about how this occurred in the first place.  It did minimal investigation, taking little input from the public, stakeholder groups, or people that might actually know something about solving the problem. 

Senate Bill 2 and Senate Bill 3, which have been heralded as addressing the causes of the grid collapse in February, are a half-baked hodge-podge that make cosmetic changes to ERCOT’s structure but otherwise kicks the problem to bureaucrats to solve without any serious guidance on how to do so.  Of course, that sort of shirking of responsibility by the Legislature is precisely what led to the February crisis.  The Public Utility Commission, the Texas Railroad Commission, and ERCOT already had sweeping authority to regulate their respective areas to prevent the crisis but failed to do so, notwithstanding multiple warnings over many years of the risk.  Why should we think anything will be different next time? 

Several bills were passed that bailed out ERCOT and other players in this debacle by imposing a new fee on the public through higher electricity rates.  In other words, you now get to pay for the state’s negligence. 

See the rest of Bill’s write-up here: The Legislature Did Not Fix the Texas Grid! – Bill King Blog. 

The Chron E-Board today has more about the legislative failure in leadership and here is a part: 

But if the past five months were some kind of credentialing exam for Texas lawmakers, a great many would have failed — most especially those who boasted goals of The Most Conservative Session Ever and couldn’t meet a minimal standard of competence. 

Going in, most Texans, regardless of ideology, knew the biggest issues lawmakers and our agenda-setting governor had to tackle stemmed from the epic failure of state leaders to keep the lights and heat on during a historic freeze that crippled our vulnerable power grid and killed nearly 200 men, women and children — and by some estimates, many more. Texans expected reforms that fixed the problems and assured they’d never happen again. Other major priorities for most Texans involved improving access to health care amid a global pandemic and police reform in the wake of the tragic murder of George Floyd. 

In the session that ended Monday, we got almost none of that. 

Here is the entire E-Board take:  Editorial: Failure to lead – the 2021 Texas Legislature in a nutshell (houstonchronicle.com). 

My “Wizard of Oz” wall calendar for the month of June has a photo of the Wizard with this line – “I’m a very good man – I’m just a very bad wizard.”  

My Beatles calendar has a photo of the four from 1964 before they embark on a tour to Denmark, Holland, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. 

We won again last night thanks to the strong pitching of Framber Valdez.  We wrap up the homie this afternoon with the Red Sox. 

Read Full Post »