Blackouts Hit 13 States Beyond Texas in Deepening Power Crisis

( An energy crisis is sweeping the United States at the worst possible time, with newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden reportedly pushing forward with new plans to introduce carbon taxes and transform the energy industry.

Newsmax reported on Monday how the central United States is struggling to keep the lights on, with Texas’s power grid hit particularly hard. The outlet reported how Southwest Power Pool, which controls the power grid across 14 central states between Oklahoma and North Dakota, ordered utility providers to begin rotating outages. It comes after the Southwest Power Pool already exhausted other options to protect the power grid during an unprecedented cold weather streak.

Millions of properties in Texas are currently without power, and the grid operator has indicated that they may be without until Wednesday.

“It’s a step we’re consciously taking to prevent circumstances from getting worse, which could result in uncontrolled outages of even greater magnitude,” the Southwest Power Pool said on Monday in a statement.

“In our history as a grid operator, this is an unprecedented event,” the statement added.

Texas is experiencing unusually cold weather this winter. It’s the state that’s home to some of the biggest oil and gas firms in the world, and with President Biden’s promise to push a scaled-back version of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal,” things look pretty daunting for the lone star state.

Cold weather conditions in Texas have ground some streets to a halt, with roads completely iced over, cities coming to a standstill, and homeowners lining up to refill propane canisters at home. Even firewood is selling out.

The cold weather streak has already brought Texas to a halt, bringing the power grid to its knees. Just how bad would it be if Joe Biden prematurely phases out fossil fuels?

Oil production has dropped dramatically as a result of the cold weather, reducing supply and increased prices to as much as $60 per barrel. That’s the highest price in over a year. The largest oil refinery in the United States went dark on Monday, too.

Dan Woodfin, the senior director for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, said on Monday that they anticipate that they will need to continue the control outages through Monday and “perhaps all day tomorrow.”

Not only has the oil industry been hurt by the weather, but Texas’s wind turbines even froze shut.

Some have suggested that Texas could have done more to prevent the crisis, including investing in “de-icing drones” and applying “water resistant coatings on blades.”

Is this the new normal for the American energy industry?