With millions of Texas residents still without electricity in freezing temperatures, conservative commentators have falsely claimed that wind turbines and solar power are primarily to blame

“We should never build another wind turbine in Texas,” read a Facebook post by Sid Miller, Texas Agriculture Commissioner, on Tuesday, “The experiment has failed very much”

“This is a perfect example of the need for reliable energy sources like & natural gas,” U tweetedS. Sen Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, on Tuesday

In reality, failures in natural gas, coal and nuclear power systems were responsible for nearly twice as many failures as frozen wind turbines and solar panels, the Texas Electric Reliability Council, which operates the state’s power grid, told a press conference Tuesday / p>

A variety of misleading claims surrounding renewable energy were still spreading on social media, with wind turbines and the Green New Deal getting a lot of attention

A viral photo of a helicopter deicing a wind turbine was shared with claims that a “chemical” solution was applied to one of the massive wind generators in Texas The only problem? The photo was taken years ago in Sweden, not the USAS in 2021 the helicopter sprayed hot water on the wind turbine, no chemicals

Other social media users, including Republicans US. Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert puzzled the Green New Deal as the culprit Boebert tweeted Monday that the proposal “has been proven unsustainable as renewables are clearly unreliable”

But the Green New Deal is irrelevant as there is no version of it in Texas or across the country, said Mark Jacobson, director of the Atmosphere / Energy Program and professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University

“It’s really natural gas, coal and nuclear power that provide most of the electricity, and that is most of the cause of the blackouts,” Jacobson told The Associated Press

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ERCOT announced on Tuesday that of the 45000 megawatts of electricity that were offline nationwide, around 30000 from thermal sources – gas, coal and nuclear power plants – and 16000 came from renewable sources

Although Texas has ramped up wind energy in recent years, according to ERCOT data, the state still only relies on wind power for about 25% of its total electricity

“It’s not like we’re relying on it to guide us through this event,” Joshua Rhodes, a research fellow with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin, told the AP. “It could not have saved us if it were now 100% full. We just don’t have enough of it ”

The agency confirmed that wellhead freezes and other problems limiting supplies to natural gas systems were primarily responsible for new outages on Tuesday after severe winter weather over the past few days resulted in failures on several types of fuel / p>

Renewable energies are a popular scapegoat for new problems as more extreme weather events place a strain on infrastructure, according to Emily Grubert, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology

“It’s easy to focus on what’s causing the change in an outcome,” Grubert told the AP. “The reality is that managing our systems is getting harder and harder and that’s something that is easily due to the reaction to it, but it is not the root cause ”

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