Facing continued stress from the seasonably hot temperatures, Texans have been urged to use energy responsibly by a statement from Governor Greg Abbott Wednesday.
With temperatures peaking over 100 degrees with no relief forecasted for the near future, Gov. Abbott suggests citizens to particularly focused on the peak hours of 3:00 PM through 7:00 PM. Electricity usage set a monthly record in Texas for the first time since 2011 and the Lone Star State needs to combat the increasing demands for electricity.
“The state’s electric grid will face continued stress as seasonably hot weather conditions are expected to persist,” the statement warns. “Adding to the stress on the electricity grid, several generation units have been forced out of service due to the persistent weather and high demands.”
“I encourage all Texans to implement responsible energy practices,” Governor Abbott added. “In order to mitigate stress on our state’s electricity grid, Texans should take simple measures to save as much energy as possible.”
Consumers can help ensure the system is able to continue serving current power needs by taking the following steps to reduce demand on the system:
- Turn off all unnecessary lights and electronic equipment.
- Close blinds and drapes for windows that get direct sun.
- Try not to use the dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffeemakers, or other appliances during the peak hours of 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
- Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers unnecessarily.
- Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven.
- Set your pool pump to run in the early morning or late evening.
President Obama’s administration has received substantial criticism from Texas leaders and many citizens in recent years over the State’s energy strategies. This month Obama said his new limits on power plants and energy program would decrease the average U.S. energy bill by $85 a month by 2030.
Gov. Abbott and other leaders across the nation didn’t agree. Obama announced on August 3, 2015 his plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions form U.S. power plants by 32 percent by 2030, opponents were stunned about what they heard.
In 2014, Obama said he intended to have U.S. carbon dioxide levels cut to 30 percent compared to 2005 levels. On Monday he declared it would be 32 percent.
“President Obama continued his unilateral executive overreach by seeking to take unprecedented control over each state’s power market through his new environmental regulations,” said Governor Abbott. “Not only will this rule result in higher energy prices for consumers, it will cost thousands of jobs. As we have in the past, Texas will lead the fight against an overreaching federal government that seems hell-bent on threatening the free-market principles this country was founded on.”
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, speaking at a summit of Republican state attorneys general, said West Virginia would be among a group of states “launching an aggressive legal campaign.”
“Their legal foundation is very, very shaky,” West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey stated as a summit for state attorneys general of Republicans. “We are confident that we will prevail” in joining other states in “launching an aggressive legal campaign.”
Reminiscent of “you can keep your doctor” and “we have to pass it to see what is in it” rhetoric from the past, somehow the Obama Administration can mystically predict the cost at $8.4 billion annually to limit the emissions by 2030. This is an estimate based on the energy industry and White House not even knowing how each state could even possibly reach Obama’s demands given the latest burdens that make these goals more unattainable.
“The left started out in the ’70s threatening a coming ice age, and then that wasn’t working out,” conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh broadcasted the day of Obama’s announcement. “Then they turned it into global warming, and then it stopped getting warmer. So now they’ve turned it to ‘climate change,’ and that’s brilliant, because whenever anything’s odd, they can chalk it up to ‘climate change.’ Get a lot of rain? Climate change! Gets really cold or gets really hot? Climate change! A tornado? Climate change!”