I live in one of those cities. We’ve suffered five days and five nights, 24 hours a day, with temperatures far, far below the freezing point. Record cold. And no heat.

680 Water Systems in Texas Issue Boil-water Notices

Robert W. Felix

I live in one of those cities. We’ve suffered five days and five nights, 24 hours a day, with temperatures far, far below the freezing point. Record cold. And no heat.

People in the north will say it is no big deal for it to be that cold for so long, but for someone who recently moved to Texas (a half hour southwest of Fort Worth) , this was quite a surprise.

The beeping began at 6 am Monday when my power went out. The power went out because the thermometer read only 4°F (-15.6°C) and the Texas electric grid couldn’t handle it. Cities all across Texas were struggling with the cold, and the powers that be – very wisely, I think – decided to institute rolling blackouts to keep the power grid from crashing.

Happily, the power came back on a few hours later. And then it shut off. And then it came back on. And then off. And then on. Thank God (or whoever, or whatever, you believe in) for rolling blackouts. Only complaint I have with rolling blackouts is that the power always seems to go off just when you get hungry and decide to start cooking. Then – wham! – the house goes black.

Some cities never got to enjoy those rolling blackouts. Some cities, entire cities mind you, remained without any sort of power for days on end. I hate to think of all those people living in mobile homes without adequate insulation protecting the water pipes beneath their homes.

Anyway, back to the beeping. I jumped out of bed because I knew where the beeping was coming from. It was coming from the battery backup system I had connected to my computer. There’s a lot more to this story, but I won’t bore you with the details because literally millions of Texans (somewhere around nine million) were suffering the same fate. The next morning was even colder: minus! 1 degree Fahrenheit (-18.3°C).

And the cold continued. My thermometer never rose above the freezing point until this morning.

But what about the boil-water notices? Well, we noticed our water pressure begin going down, and down, and down. Got so bad that it would take almost a minute to fill a glass of water. And then it got worse; so bad that our toilet tanks were unable to fill. As I checked around, I found that most of the people in my neighborhood were suffering the same fate: Then I learned that there was little or no water pressure across almost the entire city.

Some of my neighbors decided to form a ‘posse’ as a show of force and go down to the local water district to demand better treatment. But when I learned that the extreme cold had forced more than 680 water systems in the state to issue boil water notices, I figured that their ‘show of force’ would be an exercise in futility. The reason for the falling water pressure was that the extreme cold was affecting the water pumps, and the reason for the boil-water notices was that the water treatment facilities had frozen.

Luckily, power outages in Texas dropped below 1 million for the first time Thursday. And today (Friday), at noon, my thermometer reads 33°F (0.6°C). Hooray! Above freezing for the first time in 5 days! My water pressure is back to normal, my house is comparatively warm, and I was able to take a hot shower this morning. Double hooray! Still have to boil the water for a few days until the system flushes out, but still, real water, contaminated or not, comes rushing out of my faucets.

This morning I actually feel lucky. According to msn.com, as of yesterday at least 37 people have died because of weather-related fatalities since last Thursday, with the majority of those deaths in Texas.

“Without power or heat, some Texans posted videos on social media of them burning old furniture to stay warm,” said msn.com. “Others shared images of flooding caused by burst pipes and collapsed ceilings.”

Tonight, the temperature here is forecast to drop to 14°F (-10°C). Then it will start to get warmer.

Is this the beginning of a new little ice age? Or of a full-fledged ice age? I don’t know. What I do know is that it sure as hell isn’t global warming.

I hope that thinking people all over the world will begin to understand the massive lies that AGW proponents have been fostering on us.

It makes no difference whether it gets warmer or colder, CO2 is not – not! – the driving force.

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February 19, 2021 at 01:09PM