After years of hooting at those loopy Californians for the annual blackouts that roll through their state’s unicorn-based electric system, it was Texans’ turn to sit in the dark. A winter storm of unusual but not unprecedented intensity found the state unprepared in the worst way: Several pieces of its electric network malfunctioned simultaneously just as demand for power was soaring — the supply was cut when demand was at its peak. The result was a lethal catastrophe that was very, very close to being much, much worse than it was.
Before the lights were even back on in Del Rio, …
This article appears as “Supply and Demand and Disaster” in the March 22, 2021, print edition of National Review.
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