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[2021-02-20 10:48:37] <Z-Man> Lucifer_arma: the snow and cold, mostly. Power failures -> no heating and frozen water pipes -> no runing water were briefly mentioned.
[2021-02-20 12:17:16] <Lucifer_arma> Z-Man: yeah, the power failures were ridiculous
[2021-02-20 12:17:38] <Lucifer_arma> and there to rub salt in the wounds were the republican leaders in the state all somehow blaming democrats and the green new deal for the power failures
[2021-02-20 12:17:57] <Lucifer_arma> like WTF?  Republicans have been running the state for like 30 years!  They don't get to blame democrats for our power grid being shit!
[2021-02-20 12:18:14] <Lucifer_arma> then Ted Cruz had to go and make that trip to Cancun.  Idiot.
[2021-02-20 12:18:49] <Lucifer_arma> the power's back on everywhere, I think.  Most everywhere.  The generators are back up to full capacity, at least, now that the roads are thawed enough to get natural gas and coal shipped in
[2021-02-20 12:19:09] <Lucifer_arma> anybody still without power is without power because of localized damage to the grid, which should be repaired soon, if it isn't already
[2021-02-20 12:20:03] <Lucifer_arma> water is a big problem, though.  We don't have water right now because multiple pipes broke on the property.  When those are fixed, we can connect back to the city pipes, but the city water supply is extremely low pressure because of multiple breaks all over the city, but mostly confined to downtown and SW austin
[2021-02-20 12:20:41] <Lucifer_arma> we'll be on a boil water notice for a few days at least after the city's repaired all their pipes.  Luckily, though, the water treatment plants are at full capacity again
[2021-02-20 12:21:17] <Lucifer_arma> biggest problem is that when they fill up the reservoirs, it just drains out through the broken city pipes.  So they're cutting off entire neighborhoods with broken pipes.
[2021-02-20 12:22:02] <Lucifer_arma> apparently, at one point, we actually drained all the reservoirs.  They're only big enough to support one full day of water for the whole city, which means we can't really afford for any water treatment plants to go offline
[2021-02-20 12:22:34] <Lucifer_arma> last time we saw that was a couple years ago, maybe?  Because of flooding, the water treatment plants went offline and we had to boil water for a little while after they got them back online
[2021-02-20 12:23:25] <Lucifer_arma> now, politically, you can point to Austin's democratic leaders and place a fair amount of blame onto them.  And that's fair.  But you still have to save some of it for the state, because the city has to operate under state regulations, and the state's been fighting with the city of austin for quite awhile now
[2021-02-20 12:23:48] <Lucifer_arma> I guess it's embarassing to the state conservatives when the most liberal city, the capital of the state, is run better than the state
[2021-02-20 12:24:39] <Lucifer_arma> anyway, the upshot of all of this is that this power/water disaster is entirely political in causes.  People died over the last two weeks because conservatives run the state using their batshit philosophies.
[2021-02-20 12:24:44] <Lucifer_arma> this is unacceptable
[2021-02-20 12:25:43] <Lucifer_arma> for my money, from a purely engineering standpoint, the power grid should be spec'd for stability at temperatures as low as 0F, not because we see those temperatures regularly, but because when they hit, there's no backup.
[2021-02-20 12:26:09] <Lucifer_arma> like, any wind turbine that freezes abover 0F and can't function shouldn't have been installed, to say nothing of the natural gas/coal plants
[2021-02-20 12:26:17] <Lucifer_arma> we even lost a nuclear plant because their water froze
[2021-02-20 12:27:05] <Lucifer_arma> and the state should have the resources needed to clean up the highways when they ice, again, down to 0F, and to make sure that all the gas stations can be resupplied
[2021-02-20 12:27:35] <Lucifer_arma> because again, even if people in this neighborhood had their own backup generators, where are they supposed to get the gasoline/propane to power them when the gas station runs out?  (Which it did!)
[2021-02-20 12:28:57] <Lucifer_arma> and that's assuming they could even get to the gas station.  It's not far, but it was nothing but ice between my apartment and the gas station for days in a row.  Like, good thing I know how to walk on ice, but if I had had to carry a gas can as well, well, that would have been very dangerous
[2021-02-20 12:30:35] <Lucifer_arma> so plan A failed.  The power system couldn't provide power for numerous reasons.  Plan B failed because, well, seems that it didn't exist.
[2021-02-20 12:31:15] <Lucifer_arma> and you know what's really crazy?  As a solar/wind state, we have the land, the sun, and the wind to generate enough power to power the whole country
[2021-02-20 12:31:50] <Lucifer_arma> but conservatives don't want to deal with federal regulations, so exporting all that electricity to other states is a huge source of jobs/revenue/taxes that conservatives are willing to leave on the table
[2021-02-20 12:32:03] <Lucifer_arma> all so they can have a power grid that fails when it gets a bit colder than usual
[2021-02-20 12:32:06] <Lucifer_arma> fuck this state
[2021-02-20 12:33:12] <Lucifer_arma> someone needs to give me a million dollars so I can go build a power plant that'll hold up
[2021-02-20 12:33:34] <Lucifer_arma> I'll go build it in west texas, and I'll connect both to ERCOT and to the western power grid, and I'll be printing money
[2021-02-20 12:34:09] <Lucifer_arma> I'll put wind turbines up in the sky, and I'll put solar panels under the turbines, and under the solar panels, I'll put a shitload of batteries
[2021-02-20 12:34:40] <Lucifer_arma> I'll dig underground if I have to until I have enough batteries to provide 3 days' worth of power without any sun or wind
[2021-02-20 12:36:54] <Lucifer_arma> I'll invent the best water battery ever.  I'll put a chamber below ground, and a chamber quit a bit up the mountain.  Instead of pumping water uphill, I'll pump out the air in the below-ground reservoir until the water boils
[2021-02-20 12:37:26] <Lucifer_arma> then run it through steam turbines and get to condensate into the upper reservoir.  From there, I'll run it through standard water turbines and the cycle will be complete.
[2021-02-20 18:06:31] <Z-Man> Sure, break the Laws of Thermodynamics.
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