Republican Gov. Greg Abbott received widespread scorn after falsely claiming the Green New Deal was responsible for the Texas blackouts. But his misdirection is not the key political lesson to learn from this week's catastrophe in The Lone Star State, an energy expert explained on Saturday.
Dr. Leah Stokes, a political science professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, explained the lesson that should be learned in a thread posted to Twitter.
Stokes is the author of the book, Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States.
Here is the analysis she posted:
For my book, I interviewed Texan Republicans, Democrats, oil guys + clean energy pioneers. Texas was once leading i… https://t.co/1iEqlhLqJh— Dr. Leah Stokes (@Dr. Leah Stokes)1613843110.0
Gov. Bush was so proud of Texas’ leadership on wind energy, that he campaigned on it when running for President in… https://t.co/osrFSAUQHU— Dr. Leah Stokes (@Dr. Leah Stokes)1613843198.0
With Gov. Abbott going on TV this week and lying, blaming the boogeyman “Green New Deal” and wind turbines for Texa… https://t.co/AI0XHiM88F— Dr. Leah Stokes (@Dr. Leah Stokes)1613843264.0
Fossil fuel interests they are extremely big donors to the Republican party. They maintain GOP discipline by thre… https://t.co/ryd9NZx46V— Dr. Leah Stokes (@Dr. Leah Stokes)1613843384.0
There are lessons for Texas from California. But it’s not about renewables. It’s about the political effects of bla… https://t.co/4n3fYbFRdC— Dr. Leah Stokes (@Dr. Leah Stokes)1613843687.0
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