By Wayne Allensworth
The sun is shining now, and the snow and ice are melting. I managed to take a walk around my neighborhood this weekend, something I haven’t been able to do for a while as a result of the “polar vortex” that wreaked havoc in my native state.
The power grid broke down under the strain, homes were left without electricity, pipes burst, and water treatment plants stopped functioning in some areas. Millions were left without power, heat, and water.
Why did this happen?
Revolver.news has posted the best thing I’ve read about this mess, a piece entitled “Texas’s Power Grid Disaster is Only the Beginning.” According to Revolver, there are lots of reasons for the system breaking down under the “black swan” event of the polar vortex cold snap, as temperatures dipped below zero in a number of places in Texas.
Yes, growing reliance on solar and wind turbine power played an important role in the disaster. Conservative news sources took advantage of the opportunity to take a shot at “green energy,” gleefully highlighting photos of frozen wind turbines, but that apparently was not the only problem. The Texas power system collapsed partly because of a lack of preparation—instruments froze up at nuclear power stations that had not been “winterized,” as well as at natural gas and coal facilities across the state. Revolver compared the collapse of the Texas power grid to recent blackouts in California, but also noted that the USA’s power grid is dramatically less reliable than those of other developed countries. Revolver reported that aging infrastructure had not been updated or replaced.
Why hasn’t it been updated or replaced? Because maintaining infrastructure is one of the “least sexy” budget items, and is one of the first things to be cut back during a “budget crunch.” In the eyes of our esteemed legislators, there are far more “sexy” budget items to focus on. As a result, according to the information presented by Revolver, infrastructure spending has been steadily declining.
It’s only going to get worse.
Revolver summed up our predicament like this:
“The mess with the Texas power grid is only the beginning. In the years to come, American infrastructure will fail more and more often, as America becomes less capable of maintaining the core elements of a First World country.
Why would America become less First World? That’s a simple question to answer: Because America is making itself less First World.”
America is becoming more like an undeveloped country because major enterprises and government have institutionalized hiring employees and contractors based on their “diversity” points rather than competence. Revolver highlighted the Washington DC metro system as an example of that practice and its results. On top of that, Revolver noted that the globalists who run this country are making America more “third world” by importing vast numbers of low skilled (and, I would add, low IQ) immigrants from less developed countries, countries that are plagued by staggering corruption and incompetence. Thus, “There are other reasons to be worried about America’s future supply of builders, technicians, and repairmen.” Yes, there are—we are talking about the country’s future stock of “human capital.”
As for self-styled “conservatives,” the bulk of them have never been interested in conserving anything, not even the American ethnos. They have been wedded to “growth” as the holiest tenet of their ideology, espousing a bogus conservatism that recognizes no limits. No wonder mainstream conservatism has been reluctant to embrace sensible limits on immigration. The “mainstream” view is that one warm body is interchangeable with another, and the more warm bodies, the better. It stands to reason that as more people have flooded the country, our aging infrastructure has been strained to the breaking point.
Blackouts and other infrastructure disasters are likely to become more common. Get used to it.
Wayne Allensworth is the author of The Russian Question: Nationalism, Modernization, and Post-Communist Russia, and a novel Field of Blood.