TUE brief 5.17.22
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DAN CRENSHAW is getting pushback over his vote to pour an additional $40 Billion down the rathole of Ukrainian kleptocracy.
While reasonable people can disagree over the best policy for Ukraine, it doesn’t take a genius to see that nothing good will come from the so-called “military aid” package currently making its way through Congress.
Does anyone doubt the bulk of this will end up in the bank accounts of Defense contractors and Hunter Biden’s crack dealer?
But beyond the ill-advised policy considerations, there’s something smarmy about the way Crenshaw goes about his business.
The Congressman loves to accuse those who dissent from the Ukraine narrative of being “pro-Russia.”
For anyone who lived through the Iraq war, to hear those who don’t buy into what the government’s selling as being “pro-Foreign bad guy with a funny-sounding name” brings back memories. None of them are good.
Tucker Carlson said it best last night:
Crenshaw has likely passed his political “sell-by” date. Combined with the fact that he’s likely to run for president in 2024, he’s probably gone from public office in three years.
He won’t be missed.
ERCOT continues to step on rakes.
The latest is a series of demands that several power generators forego seasonal maintenance to stay online during the current heatwave. Then, they ended up crashing offline anyway.
This hits one of the underappreciated aspects of the 2021 freeze: A significant portion of the state’s generators was down for regularly scheduled maintenance. Of course, February is the correct time to do seasonal maintenance under normal circumstances. That sensible decision just happened to bite us in the backside one time when we had a freak cold snap.
Furthermore, it’s hard to know how much of this was a real problem vs. how much ERCOT was overcommunicating out of an abundance of caution.
Nevertheless, a bad look.
WAYNE CHRISTIAN has been endorsed by Dan Patrick.
“I endorse Wayne Christian for re-election to the Texas Railroad Commission. In this low turnout run-off election, every vote is crucial.
“The Railroad Commission oversees the oil and gas industry. I will continue to work with the industry and the Commission in the future to ensure Texas has a sustainable and reliable supply of energy as we take the necessary steps to ensure the reliability of the Texas Electric grid. We must have more reliable power.
Christian faces a novelty candidate in the runoff for Texas Railroad [Aside: Which regulates oil and gas] Commission.
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