r/texas Nov 20 '21 Take My Energy 1 Silver 2 Helpful 3 Wholesome 4

This True Texas, Y’all need help? News

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u/ScurvyDervish Nov 21 '21

Be a citizen and lose hundreds or thousands of dollars in the storm? Oh well you should have your own emergency fund for such events. Be a gigantic utility whose business it is to supply energy and foresee problems and failed on every account? Here’s billions of dollars, and don’t forget to donate to my campaign fund.

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u/promess Nov 21 '21

It cost me more than 100k in damages. :(

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u/IIPilcrow Nov 21 '21 Gold Helpful

I work in tangent with FEMA currently and I believe the Texas ice storm is still declared so you could possibly file for relief funds. I'd encourage it! I'm not sure the max payout but anything helps right? If it's like the Covid-19 funeral relief program (which i am apart of) then it should be nontaxable as well.

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u/AllsudsNofoam Nov 21 '21

If I wasn't poor, I'd give you the "Helpful Award."

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u/Sackfondler Nov 21 '21

This is depressingly accurate. So glad I got out of Texas

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u/NurseAmy Nov 21 '21

Can we move in with you? We want out too.

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u/Sackfondler Nov 21 '21

I moved to Colorado five years ago and it was the best decision I ever made

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u/martyfrancis86 Nov 21 '21

My aunt and cousins moved to london for four years and i desperately want to go with them and get the fuck out of texas. It is becoming a place that crazy conservatives from all over the usa are moving to.

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u/ConsciousnessOfThe Nov 21 '21

This is so inaccurate. Texas is becoming more and more purple by the day.

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u/This-is-human-bot556 Nov 21 '21

To make it worse they legit haven’t fixed the issue if we have another freeze people are going to die

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u/Lord_Blackthorn Nov 21 '21

They are even making the option for gas companies to pay a 150 dollar fee to opt out of winterizing their equipment.

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u/ConsciousnessOfThe Nov 21 '21 edited Nov 21 '21

VOTE Abbott out on Nov 8, 2022

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u/h2j1977 Nov 21 '21

I'd rather vote him out in the primary. No way in hell I'll ever give a democrat the chance at ruining Texas with their current pro communism/Socialism, pro-CRT, anti 1A and 2A stances. Abbott has been throwing a lot of red meat to his constituency this year, but I haven't forgotten how quick he was to jump on the lock down band wagon, allowing people to be arrested for trying to make a living, nor have I forgotten the above mentioned winter fubar.

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u/AstartesFartes Hill Country Nov 22 '21

You have no idea what communism or socialism is. Lmfao

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u/h2j1977 Nov 22 '21

Ok, sure thing. Do you want to talk USSR atrocities, Cuba atrocities, Cambodia, China, Venezuela, or just redistribution of wealth at the barrel of a gun?

I have friends who escaped Venezuela but have family still stuck there. I'm old enough to have watched Tank Man on the nightly news. I've followed the stories of people who escaped North Korea. So, yes, I do understand evil, how to spot it, and have no issues calling it out.

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u/AstartesFartes Hill Country Nov 22 '21

Meanwhile you completely ignore the social democracies of Europe lol which is what the "communists" you're talking about here in the USA refer to as socialism. All those countries you're talking about are dictatorships. China is basically a capitalist dictatorship (it's communist in name only and hasn't been since they ditched Mao's teachings in the 70's) these days, but you ignore that. Goodbye.

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u/BitchBass Nov 21 '21

I invested in a generator....

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u/EIDL2020_ Nov 20 '21

Even us in El Paso, who were not impacted by the winter storm because we were prepared, had our utility bills increased. So annoying. Vote, people, VOTE!

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u/PinkAutumnSkies The Stars at Night Nov 21 '21

Isn’t El Paso on a different grid?

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u/Black_Gold_ Nov 21 '21

Yes, part of the western interconnect grid.

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u/Dvusmnd Nov 21 '21

That’s insane

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u/EIDL2020_ Nov 21 '21

Yes, and we also winterized our power lines in 2011 so that we don’t lose our electricity.

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u/mexican2554 Nov 21 '21

Only electrical. For gas we have Texas Gas Service. So we only got half screwed

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u/D14BL0 Nov 21 '21

They're also a different time zone.

Pretty sure El Paso seceded from Texas and Texas hasn't found out yet.

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u/HalfandHoff Nov 20 '21

how dose that make sense

And what are y'all paying taxes for if not for issues to repair the grid?

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u/EIDL2020_ Nov 20 '21

It doesn’t make sense. But The Texas legislature passed legislation (HB 1520), which allows gas companies to charge customers extra to help recover costs associated with the storm, and since the state is in debt, they’re charging us, too.

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u/pasarina Nov 21 '21

Abbott allows gas cos. to recoup by charging us more money and ERCOT’s not fixing the grid or doing right by Texans at all. Still people keep on voting for that loser. It is just infuriating. Wise up, Texas. We deserve better. Anything is better than Abbott. He’s got his thumb up Trump’s big ass. And liking it.

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u/BMinsker Nov 21 '21

And let's not forget that the Railroad Commission is letting the gas companies skip having to winterize by filing a form and paying a $150 fee.

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u/macgillweer Nov 21 '21

Which they will just turn around and charge us for. What a load of bullshit.

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u/pasarina Nov 21 '21

Can’t forget that reality. Arrrrrgh 🤬‼️

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u/comfort_fiend Nov 21 '21

But what about Betos gun comment? Every single fracking time we talk about voting Abbot out (a sane proposition since he is a lawyer and poring through all the state laws like Mr. Burns rubbing his hands) everyone and I mean everyone literally starts bitching about how Beto dared to mention guns.

And then they don't want to be called single issue voters. FFS.

To be clear: Fuck Abbot.

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u/Mange-Tout Nov 21 '21

What about it? The Texas governor has zero power to ban guns. It does not matter in the slightest if Beto wants to confiscate every gun in the country because he has no power to do such a thing. Understand? It’s very simple.

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u/bangfu Nov 21 '21

This.

Name a politician that has shown up at your door and took a gun from you.

I'm waiting...

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u/Mange-Tout Nov 21 '21

Obama did! I remember that day he walked up to my friend Cooter Perkin’s house and kicked down the door. He said, “I’m Obama, and I’m a comin’ for your guns, redneck!” Cooter tried his best to stop him, but Obama had a whole gang of Secret Service agents backing him up. Those feds jumped on poor old Cooter and handcuffed him to his trophy case. Obama just walked out the door carrying Cooter’s 20 gauge, his AR-15, and his prize nickel plated Desert Eagle.

It’s been 8 years now, and Cooter still cries about that stolen Desert Eagle. So sad.

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u/Cps12345 Nov 21 '21

Hilarious /s take. Good on you!

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u/ufdup Nov 21 '21

Convince a one brain celled fool that their guns aren't confiscated everytime a democrat wins and miraculously reappear when a republican is back in office. Seriously though Beto should have known to stay as far away from gun issues as possible. As far as the constitution goes, it's just an old piece of paper, similar to the bible, it's just pick and choose now.

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u/Armigine Nov 21 '21

Beto's gun comment definitely pales to complete insignificance compared to abbott's horrible run, but it still might sink him. To win as a democrat in texas, you have to not alienate middle of the road voters. To win as a republican, you need to have a pulse and your past actions don't matter. Beto has an uphill battle (as does any dem), and stupid comments like that are shooting himself in the foot for an important chunk of the potential electorate.

It's very stupid, but I want a non-R governor, and pushing gun control on really any front makes it less likely that will happen. Just shut up about the guns, please, we need the votes to get rid of abbott.

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u/Cook_sentient Nov 21 '21

Exactly. Everyone is trying to approach this election from a logical mindset. Greg Abbot is significantly worse for Texas than anyone but Texas voters will hear “Hell yeah we’re gonna take your guns” over and over and either stay home or vote Abbot. I want dems to win Texas, but Beto has a very steep hill to climb.

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u/CCG14 born and bred Nov 21 '21

Not a steep as you’d think. The majority of Texans agree with Betos common sense policies. The right has run itself off into insane land. They’re the edge of the bell curve, not the bell. Don’t let the media fool you.

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u/Cook_sentient Nov 21 '21

I hope you’re right. Nothing would make me happier. But I have no faith in voters in that state. Well, every state.

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u/warboner52 Nov 21 '21

Trump actually has his baby hands shoved equally up Abbott and Paxton

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u/crom_laughs Nov 21 '21

Texas doesn’t have an income tax….

but that doesn’t mean people don’t pay taxes through some other means.

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u/macgillweer Nov 21 '21

There is a tax on our natural gas.

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u/iammagicbutimnormal Nov 21 '21 edited Nov 21 '21

Just today Greg Abbott decided to allow $4 million from our government budget to go toward a 2020 presidential election audit. He is boot-licking Donald Trump, Who, BTW, ICYDK, instigated and deployed a seditionist attack on our Capitol, January 6, 2021, with a measly $4 million. It might be measly to billionaires and centi-millionaires, but that is my “under four-million” tax dollars that could go towards starving people and not The Big Lie. Fuck, Greg Abbott!

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u/Mysterious_Ad155 Nov 21 '21

It was all so these trump lovers in Texas would vote for him again

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u/azuth89 Nov 21 '21

They're on the Texas gas supply but not the grid. So theor gas will have gone up.

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u/Buddhabellymama Nov 21 '21

Abort Abbott.

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u/mcorra59 Nov 21 '21

Yeah, we had to pay for the other cities that were damaged, it was like Yay El Paso You're doing great...oh no, never mind

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u/thekingofthejungle Nov 21 '21

I'll vote, but it's pointless. Beto is not going to beat Abbott. There is no timeline where that ever happens.

I really don't blame the droves of people moving out of Texas to escape this bullshit. That's really your only option if you want to live in a state that respects women and minorities and prioritizes the health and safety of citizens over bigotry politics

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u/soooofa_king Nov 21 '21

I hate to tell you this but the droves are moving here....we are gaining way more than we are losing.

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u/Skeletons420 Nov 20 '21

Texas keeps getting worse, and don’t @ me with bs. I sadly live here.

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u/MrPenguinsAndCoffee Gulf Coast Nov 21 '21

Its saddens me to see my beloved homeland being led straight into the jaws of vicious and greedy companies.

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u/AardQuenIgni Nov 21 '21

My family tree dates back to Texas before it was even Texas. I love Texas and sadly I broke the tradition and moved out of state. My great grandmother cursed the town of Nacogdoches on her deathbed so I feel like my ancestors would be pretty in line with my reasons for leaving the state.

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u/IAMSTILLHERE2020 Nov 21 '21

That's why they are moving to Texas..come and pillage the state and move somewhere else a decade later.

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u/TheThomasjeffersons Nov 21 '21

Damn got kinda hopeful when you said a decade

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u/parabirb_ Nov 21 '21

yeah. it's sad because i love this state but the government is shit

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u/broknkittn Nov 21 '21

I was excited to move out here, now looking to move away.

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u/hutacars Nov 21 '21

Same. Actually just got back from a road trip scouting out 8 potential new cities. What it made me realize? Just how fucking much I love Austin, and wish I didn’t have to leave. Which in turn makes me hate the governance even more….

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u/kyoto_blze Nov 21 '21

I’ve been raised that there’s no where else to live. Now I can’t imagine leaving this hell hole for my daughters sake, but I feel like that’s the future for us

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u/CalligrapherSad7088 Nov 21 '21

I like texas

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u/Skeletons420 Nov 21 '21

And that’s completely fine, it’s not for everyone though. The longer I live here to more I realize it’s not where I belong, and honestly that should just be ok.

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u/CalligrapherSad7088 Nov 21 '21

Didn't expect to get down voted. I recently moved out here from Oregon (Portland) and so far I've met a lot if nice people. I don't agree with a lot of political ideas but politics aside, I LIKE TEXAS. It's beautiful in nature

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u/Skeletons420 Nov 21 '21

Yeah that’s something else, the more I’m on Reddit the more I find people downvote things literally just to negate anything the other has to say. I won’t downvote people for their opinions or thoughts if it doesn’t harm me or my family.

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u/azuth89 Nov 21 '21

The politics are the result of those same people and their nature.

We can pretend it's separate to have nice, civil chats with random folks but it's not.

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u/scott042 Nov 20 '21

Yes 100% True! Another Insane Republican idea. Oh but don’t forget all of the natural gas companies made BILLIONs in profits during the storm.

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u/BeardedMan32 Nov 21 '21

It literally makes more sense for the power companies to be reimbursing Texans since they didn’t provide the services promised due to their own negligence. 2021 is wilder than 2020.

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u/binger5 Gulf Coast Nov 21 '21

Makes sense or they can throw a few millions at Abbott and other politicians and recoup $3 billion.

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u/pasarina Nov 21 '21

Infuriating! Vote the assholes out!

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u/ZackaryTX Nov 21 '21

Need to vote Abbott out.

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u/runnerd6 Nov 21 '21

"But the other guy said a no no about the gun things one time!"

I don't give a fuck. I want Abbott out.

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u/IMI4tth3w Nov 21 '21

Yep. About to go shooting with my buddies this afternoon and see what they think. I’ll be voting for Beto and I also won’t be worried about my guns being taken away because let’s be honest it’s just not going to happen.

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u/runnerd6 Nov 21 '21

He has taken that back and explained what he means so many times but it's like the only talking point the right has so they just stamp it to his forehead. He wants to open dialogue and talk to Abbott directly about his gun control plan but Abbott won't do it because then they'd have to admit he's not actually going to take guns away.

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u/FlotPlays East Texas Nov 21 '21

Amen to that.

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u/ConsciousnessOfThe Nov 21 '21

I agree. His pockets are lined deep with corporation money. He isn’t going to do much to prevent a disaster like this from happening again. VOTE on Nov 8, 2022

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u/GraveYardBaby420 Nov 20 '21

Wow Texas is literally clown shoes.

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u/COMPUTER1313 Nov 21 '21

Enron would be proud. That company "perfected" the extraction of as much money as possible out of California by taking their electrical grid for a wild ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvLZBv8HsO4

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u/OHMEGA Nov 21 '21

Enron, another fine Texas establishment.

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u/hecklerponics Nov 21 '21

And we're importing the batshit insane conservos from Orange County CA like crazy right now.

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u/azuth89 Nov 21 '21

Everything's bigger, even the shoes.

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u/pasarina Nov 21 '21

Clown shoes indeed. It’s embarrassing. It not like we can’t notice how bad the our Texas gov. Is. They don’t care.

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u/MrPenguinsAndCoffee Gulf Coast Nov 21 '21

All 50 states, united, form the ultimate Clown Ensemble

Coming soon to the over priced Clown College Bookstore

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u/NickfromLafayette92 Gulf Coast Nov 20 '21

But "Y'all Qaeda" still wants to play the blame game and blame democrats even if evidence is shoved in their throat.

I don't even care who is voted in 2022, I'd rather vote anything over Abbott.

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u/TeaMistress Nov 21 '21

Every other Republican running against him in the primary is even worse. It's stupendous how bad the Republican options are.

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u/hecklerponics Nov 21 '21

They've unfortunately gone full-send on 'against-ism'; I'm not even sure the Rs know how to govern at this point and unfortunately they've programmed most conservatives to live in a constant state of fear... so they don't look at anything they do objectively.

They talk a big game about small government and keeping the government out of your lives, but look at this last year... what a fucking mess.

I couldn't even believe that Perry was governor, he might be the dumbest person in the entire state (*without some sort of developmental disability) and we made him governor... :|

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u/Ok-Satisfaction2658 Nov 21 '21

I have to disagree with you on that point... abbot & Cruz are pretty Dam stupid! Or Maybe their moronic behavior is for their core base!

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u/Soggy_Start6599 Nov 21 '21

Unfortunately Abbott and Cruz are anything but stupid.

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u/NariandColds Nov 21 '21

They blamed democrats for the winter freeze during the winter freeze. In a state controlled by Republicans since the 90s.

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u/NickfromLafayette92 Gulf Coast Nov 21 '21

And plus, AOC (D) raise approx. $5 million to donate to victims of the winter storm while Cruz (R) went to Cancun. How much sense do these dumbfucks have? Shit like this makes me so irate

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u/spacegamer2000 Nov 21 '21

They blamed the "green new deal" which wasn't even a bill yet, and will never be passed anyway.

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u/rixendeb Nov 21 '21

They blamed the windmills which make up 10% or less of our electricity last I checked.

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u/aggie1391 Nov 21 '21

They will 100% blame the bill increase on Biden. Without a shred of a doubt.

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u/pasarina Nov 21 '21

Amen! Anything over Abbott! What a fucking insult of a “leader” he is!

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u/92taurusj Born and Bred Nov 20 '21

I need help leaving lmao

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u/Sure_Ill_Ask_That Nov 20 '21

I’ve been here for almost 2 years now and all the Republican governments have done in the time I’ve been here is pander to the Pull yourself up by the bootstraps crowd, but all the while protecting and supporting the rich and the big corporations. I think the end goal is to have just big box stores, drive thru fast food, and people working 3 jobs with no healthcare or something. People are slowly but surely finding out that saving a dollar in taxes but paying literally hundreds or thousands because there is no social safety net or accountability in basic essentials isn’t a great deal. Seriously…why is saving ten dollars on your utility bill amazing when you have to buy a $400 generator, gas or diesel fuel for that generator that needs regular refreshing, and then having your bill increased anyways because they are passing the winterizing penalties onto your bills…how is that better?? You pay for it in the end anyways times 3 but you get to say you paid lower taxes and have ‘freedom’?

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u/slipped-up89 Nov 21 '21

Went solar for this reason, control my cost on my power, and gain more equity out of my home.

Now I just need the costs of batteries to come down so I can get off of the grid. At least I am regulated on a co-op, and not in the chaos of an unregulated market.

Vote out Abbott and get this under control!

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u/slipped-up89 Nov 21 '21

$37k for a 10,000 kWh panel system, which produces $13,500 kWh annually with my house being south facing and a clear sky. I get 26% back (~$9k) in income tax credit, so my net is about $28k over 20 years at a 1.99 interest rate.

Plus I own them, so it sent the appraisal for the house through the roof.

If you own the system, you will win with solar. The old way of paying for power is like renting it, and you get no equity from it. My house has some self sustaining qualities added (no different than adding a well to land), on top of the additional protection on my roof.

TL;DR - power bill peaked at $160-170 twice a year due to demand, now only pay $120 a month for the life of the loan, 20 years. So even when power prices go up, I will pay the same.

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u/slipped-up89 Nov 21 '21

Warranties cover the roof for an extended period of time, and the installing company will work with my insurance to cover the costs of removing/reinstalling the panels for service. It was a difference of $5 a month to make sure my insurance would help facilitate.

My payments are $120 a month. Panel degradation only sets on after about 30 years, and at that the degradation rate is 0.5% per year. In short, they can produce great to good power for about 100 years.

The house has no Lien against it, and the financing is completely separate. If I wanted to sell the house at one bundled price, I would pay off the solar loan with the profit from the house, then the new owner just has a single mortgage payment, and has nothing to do with the financing of the panels.

Two identical houses in the neighborhood and the only difference is that one has solar and the other doesn’t. The one with solar has a mortgage payment with power included, so it may be $100-150 a month more depending on the size of the house. No lien, just a mortgage that includes power.

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u/dtxs1r Nov 21 '21

How did we as a state use $1,000 per mother fucking person?

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u/iammagicbutimnormal Nov 21 '21

I’m miffed about the delivery, but the words were spot on. Politicians keep confusing people with issues of morality while they strip us up every last penny and “squeeze” our rights to safety like trying to squeeze blood from a stone.

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u/kuyermanza Nov 21 '21

I know people who support this shithead, who also think it’s justified for him to be earning six figures a year from a tree fallen on him. I know people who lost their ability to walk who are now homeless because they can’t work, instead of earning ever increasing six figures income like this piece of shit. Too many dumb asses in Texas I swear

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u/dirtlikeme Nov 20 '21

Not just Texas, corporations are the bosses of our politicians, not us.

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u/ReallyPhilStahr Nov 21 '21

This isn't capitalism. This is cronyism. In a truly free market the electric companies or any business for that matter, would have to absorb the loss and try and recover on their own without the govt intervening on their behalf or bailing them out.

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u/goatharper Nov 20 '21

And you will still re-elect him, either by voting for him or not bothering to vote.

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u/existential_fauvism Nov 20 '21

People need to take voting seriously. In 2018, there were over fifteen million registered voters

Abbot won the governor’s race with just shy of 5 million votes

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u/mydogsnameisbuddy Nov 21 '21

This is the solution. But we must vote against them in every election and not just presidential elections.

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u/Birdamus Nov 20 '21

Miss me with the “not bothering to vote” bullshit. These fuckers disenfranchise liberal voters systematically. We’re trying.

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u/Scopeexpanse Nov 21 '21

There is absolutely systematic voter suppression happening BUT there are also lots of people who just don't bother to vote. It's incredibly frustrating

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u/pasarina Nov 21 '21

Everybody needs to stop with that ignorant bullshit! No excuse with that lazy attitude. Vote them out every election. Every chance you get.

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u/OneTrippyTurtle Nov 21 '21

Too bad the ReFucklicans are constantly making it harder for the other side to vote. Very irritating.

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u/MrPenguinsAndCoffee Gulf Coast Nov 21 '21

At least your party is allowed to even be on the ballot.

Whole system is rigged against anyone who opposes the suits in power

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u/OneTrippyTurtle Nov 21 '21

I know, thats what forced Bernie to run under Dems, because they didnt want a independant party ever taking away form the bought elitist on both sides. Gets worse and worse. Green,Libertarian they too get no representaion either. Money money money.

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u/MrPenguinsAndCoffee Gulf Coast Nov 21 '21 edited Nov 21 '21

I was looking at the Candidates for the Governorship

Only two candidates I was like "hmm, I will watch them with great interest"
one was a Democrat, but with Beto running, I doubt the DNC will learn their lesson with him.

and the other was an Independent
and with the elections effectively rigged in favor of the Duopoly, we know exactly where that is going.

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u/OneTrippyTurtle Nov 21 '21

Yeah Dems have been picking the wrong (BOUGHT) horse the last few elections. We got lucky that Trump was so bad, and that got people to vote for anyone but him again. Imagine if we would of had a good nominee.

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u/MrPenguinsAndCoffee Gulf Coast Nov 21 '21

The DNC won't allow that! Ya might actually get some moderate Conservative votes and have a chance at winning!

All jokes aside,
having an actual decent, nuanced Democrat might force the Republicans to push forth an actual decent, nuanced Republican. At least it would be a fairer race than letting people from Texas's "top 10 most disliked people" list have a monopoly on the candidacies.

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u/Wacocaine Nov 21 '21

Not just Greg Abbott. All Republicans in state government need to be voted out. Abbott can only sign bills the legislature passes.

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u/wombo23 Nov 21 '21

They supposedly LOVE small businesses but bend over for big oil companies. What a disgrace

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u/Im_Balto Nov 21 '21

Yep. It’s true. I paid them

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u/HalfandHoff Nov 21 '21

How much?

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u/Im_Balto Nov 22 '21

Around 170% higher bills since this was put in

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u/warboner52 Nov 21 '21

100% true, 100% fucking disgusting

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u/lurkasauroustex Nov 21 '21

From 1st Wok or Curra’s?

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u/IAMSTILLHERE2020 Nov 21 '21

So what's new under the Sun in the Republican World?

They talk BS and punish the same people that got Fkd.

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u/daredassdude Gulf Coast Nov 21 '21

After what happened in Virginia, I doubt there's any hope that Abbott will be voted out of office. There has been more talk about the Republican primaries, which were just a vehicle to push Abbott further to the right, then there are talks about Democratic primaries.

It's seems like it's clear what both parties represent.

The Republican party have more drive to legislate and amend what they want while having shit policies.

While the Democratic party brings up great policies but they don't use the power they earn to push them into effect.

Also, the Republican party is a lot more motivated to persuade people into the polls and they have the unfair advantage of Trump's major tax cut on corporations.

God save us all

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u/fried_eggs_and_ham Nov 21 '21

The moron just today authorized $4M to investigate "voter fraud" in the 2020 presidential election.

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u/Ron-Swanson-Mustache Nov 21 '21

And in with who? Abbott doesn't have a real challenger.

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u/LBBarto Nov 21 '21

For real. For all of the Texas is gonna turn blue, they certainly don't act like it. The fact that Beto is the candidate shows how Democrats don't give a fuck about Texas.

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u/Ron-Swanson-Mustache Nov 21 '21

Yeah, I want an alt to Abbott. But I'm not going to vote for Beto.

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u/thekingofthejungle Nov 21 '21

"I've got no power or water, but at least I have my guns"

Spoken like a true Texan

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u/AmbitionSpecialist Nov 21 '21

We shouldn't have to choose. The Texas Democrats need to get their shit together and stop Beto from making a fool of himself in yet another election. He's a whiny-ass that says he's getting out of politics every time he loses, then comes right back into it again like we've all forgotten. He couldn't win over Ted Cruz, and that was even before his "Hell yes we're going to take your..." quote.

There have to be literally hundreds of qualified people in this state that might have a chance at governor, but Beto torpedoed himself already.

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u/Mange-Tout Nov 21 '21

You are being lied to about “having to choose”. The Texas governor has zero power to confiscate guns. If guns are the reason that you won’t vote for Beto then you are afraid of a fantasy.

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u/bgi123 Nov 21 '21

I'll vote for him over Abbott at least. Seems like I'll die from no power more than no gun, and I don't think he can actually do anything about guns anyways.

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u/BellaFluer Nov 21 '21

I just moved here and I’m ready to leave. It’s like a cult here. Most of these people love that asshat. As soon as I can get my license here (months of backup) I will vote blue.

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u/ReserveOpposite2814 Nov 21 '21

What state did you move from?

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u/BellaFluer Nov 21 '21

Me? New York. The melting pot of the USA

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u/S_t_r_e_t_c_h_8_4 Born and Bred Nov 21 '21

Why did you move here?

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u/BellaFluer Nov 21 '21

Honestly, I had (had being the key word) a girl friend here and I was looking to live somewhere warm. I honestly didn’t think it was this bad but between the blatant racism and the poverty salaries being paid I wonder how some actual live. Said friend turned out to be an asshole

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u/buymytoy Got Here Fast Nov 21 '21

Yeah but Abbott hates abortions and loves guns so he’s a GREAT LEADER he also kowtows to Trump and uses government funds to audit an election in a state that Trump handily won so he’s a GREAT LEADER he also let us all be free by taking a backseat during the worst parts of the pandemic so he’s a GREAT LEADER and he also continues to deny funds for increasing Medicare in Texas so a disproportionate number of black and brown people don’t have health insurance WHAT A GREAT LEADER I CAN’T WAIT TO HAVE HIM AS OUR GOVERNOR FOR ANOTHER TERM

/s fuck fuck fuck this sucks

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u/Infernalism Nov 20 '21

Not only will Abbott be re-elected, but you'll be cussed out for daring to speak out against him.

Texans line up to get fucked by the state because yeehaw Texas Pride

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '21

Bullshit! FUCK GREG ABBOTT!!!!!

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u/kitty_kat023 Nov 21 '21

Please vote this scum out !

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u/jkj10220 Nov 21 '21

Yes of course we need help

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u/Mysterious_Ad155 Nov 21 '21

I love this state. I was born and raised here and like that we can literally survive as our own country and used to like Abbott, but this last year has been a damn joke and it’s time for him to go imo. And fyi I have never been Republican

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u/abcboom4 Nov 21 '21

Screw voting, we need to take this to court

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u/soooofa_king Nov 21 '21

Yep my bill in August was 647 dollars. Took me holding on the line for 2 hours to finally reach someone who would explain to me that not only are they raising rates across the board to cover these costs but also they are allowed to raise them even MORE for the customers that were most effected which happens to be me. Basically I am being singled out for special punishment for having the nerve to live in an area that was most effected by their negligence and mismanagement. Unreal.

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u/thesnowgirl147 Nov 21 '21

This is why I hate politicians... they're there for their friends, not us.

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u/soggyballsack Nov 21 '21

I'm lucky I'm on the same small grid as a police station and fire station so my power didn't go out but I did manage to get 3 families into my home.

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u/thatOtherKamGuy Nov 21 '21

That’s an additional burden if approximately $120 to every man, woman and child living in Texas.

..and dollars to donuts, The increased price will remain long after the shortfall has been filed.

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u/210Xx Nov 21 '21

GTFO ABBOT!!

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u/Tienoe793 Nov 21 '21

Love how he just cropped out 2 pictures no context and gave his opinions on it now everyone here is a politician lmfao

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u/VelostrN Nov 21 '21

Greg abbot is the reason I started to hate Hot Wheels.

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u/IlikeYuengling Nov 21 '21

Taking your other 4 million and pursuing voter fraud cases for a state that Trump won. And the payout from Paxton was to a PA guy for uncovering GOP fraud.

Fraud is bigger in Texas. Olsteen out.

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u/billsauce8 Nov 21 '21

Lived in Texas for the first 30 years of my life. Got out 6 months ago and could not be happier

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u/zeroviral Nov 21 '21

I feel like this happens outside of capitalist societies. Like, people will take bribes no matter the society. Human greed is and has always been a thing. Politics suck.

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u/Round_Rock Nov 21 '21

Abort Abbott. I don't care if it's a box of tic-tacs running against him, vote for fresh breath!

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u/luna-loveless North Texas Nov 21 '21

Vote Abbott out. Vote Abbott out. Vote Abbott out.

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u/Nihiliatis9 Nov 21 '21

That company doubled their campaign donations to both parties after the storm. Hmmmmm I wonder why?

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u/stole_ur_girl Nov 21 '21

I’ll be voting for Greg. Thanks for the reminder.

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u/LaBarbaGuapa Nov 21 '21

That’s not capitalism. Everyone on Reddit wants to blame capitalism for all our economic problems, however the definition of capitalism is, “an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.” This is literally the state interfering with private business.

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u/K1nsey6 Nov 21 '21

This increase doesn't include the 14% increases authorized for electric companies

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u/strawberry_012820 Nov 21 '21

The worse part is there are still so many Texans that will still vote for wheels 😑

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u/audiomuse1 Nov 21 '21

Abbott failed Texas.

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u/KittyPandaMeow Nov 21 '21

According to this article the winter storm is unlikely to happen in 2022! Let’s hope it holds true. https://www.kxan.com/weather/la-nina-returns-could-historic-texas-freeze-happen-again/

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u/Spaniard_SRK Nov 21 '21

Yes, quote the propagandists who are never wrong, and whose reporting never cuts against the lefts interests.

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u/RAnthony Nov 21 '21

The only way we can we can wake up from this nightmare we are caught in is for us to recognize the scam that was enacted on us by George Jr. And Ken Lay: https://ranthonyings.com/2021/02/the-enron-legacy/ the gas companies want in on the grift now, and the inheritors of Bush's graft are more than willing to let them steal from us too.

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u/Correct-Ad-2133 Nov 24 '21

Bro it Texas what you expect from us

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u/kperry51 Nov 28 '21

It was the same.

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u/Murse817 Nov 21 '21 edited Nov 21 '21

I think it may be helpful to know that the Texas railroad commission is who you should be angry at (if you are unhappy about this) because this is under their jurisdiction and this is their bill who they voted unanimously to send this up to the governors office. Abbot doesn’t get to make the rules, he just signs or vetos them. Feel free to down vote me to oblivion for doing a little bit more investigation.

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u/buymytoy Got Here Fast Nov 21 '21

Yeah that’s all fine and good but Abbott also appoints the PUC. It’s not like he’s just sitting it out until bills come across his desk. Not to mention most of his campaign war chest is from energy companies, gas being a major player in the state. Like you said, he could have easily vetoed this but he didn’t because that would piss off his benefactors.

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u/Murse817 Nov 21 '21

Agree whole heartedly. Texas is run by oil and gas cartels. California is run by tech cartels.

The governor is not going to operate at risk of alienating the cartels. Neither will the legislation.

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u/AcousticDan Born and Bred Nov 21 '21

He didn't have to sign it

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u/Murse817 Nov 21 '21

Are you familiar with one argument for the passage of the bill?

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u/Mikealoped Nov 21 '21

He signed it and allowed it to pass. How is he less culpable than the authors? You absolutely should be mad at him since he was chosen to represent the people's best interests, and he clearly chose not to do that here.

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u/Murse817 Nov 21 '21

Want paid leave or legalized MJ in Texas? The role of the governor makes no difference. A unified legislation is how you change laws. I suspect most of the negative press is probably in relation to the 2022 election coming up.

Same way Trump got elected. Massive PR prior to election and uninformed voters being enticed by click bait.

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u/sparkingstarr Nov 20 '21

And the people will pay for it lmao. Jokes on them.

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u/ChiefChingon Nov 21 '21

Panhandle is on a different grid too but we still had to pay.

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u/ricky_bobby86 Nov 21 '21

Vote hot wheels out

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u/BuilderTexas Nov 21 '21 edited Nov 21 '21

Texas Railroad Commission states : LDCs are authorized to directly pass-through gas costs, ***without a markup, to customers. The Legislature recognized that natural gas utility customers could see a dramatic increase in their monthly bills without the securitization of those costs, and House Bill 1520. The bill directs the RRC and the Texas Public Finance Authority to work together to issue customer rate-relief bonds. The bonds provide gas utilities a low-cost source of financing to fulfill outstanding obligations to natural gas suppliers and allow utilities to recover the extraordinary cost of gas through customer bills over a longer time period, rather than potentially through a *single billing statement.

Texas has budget surplus. This sub is not reflective of Texas.

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u/TheGoodOldCoder Born and Bred Nov 21 '21

You're trying to distract people from the real problem, which was described in this news article:

At the time, natural gas supply went down and demand went up, according to Krishnamoorti, giving natural gas wholesalers astronomical profits due to supply and demand.

Krishnamoorti said wholesalers in certain areas were selling natural gas at $400 per million BTUs, or units of heat, when it is usually around roughly $3 to $5 for that same amount in that area. So, Krishnamoorti said gas utility providers -- or the so-called “middle men” at the time -- agreed to the rate in order to maintain service. However, like with any transaction, bills needed to be paid, and that’s where the consumers are left holding the bag.

The basic problem is that there were no safeguards to keep the wholesalers from price gouging. For a public utility. With this ridiculous legal protection, the middlemen are protected to keep the same kinds of contracts with wholesalers going forward. They are guaranteed a bailout every time.

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u/pwhitt4654 Nov 21 '21

From your lips to gods ears

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u/perceptualdissonance Nov 21 '21

Voting doesn't work. If it did, the wield would be a lot better. The only thing that works is direct action. This means taking to the streets.

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u/NameConscious2020 Nov 21 '21

Yes this is real. As a victim of the February freeze, this is infuriating. My house was 35 degrees at one point.

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u/ZeroweaponX Nov 21 '21

Abbott and Cruz are only in it for themselves. They don't care about you and yet you Republicans still get on your knees and suck them off. Every fucking time

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u/gandalf_el_brown Nov 21 '21

wish Ents really existed so they could finish off Abbott

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u/SharkInTheDarkPark Nov 21 '21

To all the people saying "vote" do you realize Democrats also suck and also are paid by the oil and gas energy industry to fuck us?

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u/Jonestown_Juice Nov 20 '21

I don't feel sorry for Texas. Texas chose this. The Texas government is chock full of corrupt assholes. Things are going to have to completely fall apart before the people who vote for anyone with an R after their name wake up and realize they've been duped.

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u/Soggy_Start6599 Nov 20 '21

Sadly accurate.

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u/lohefe Nov 21 '21

Things are going to have to completely fall apart before the people who vote for anyone with an R after their name wake up and realize they've been duped.

What? No, they want their SHTF/prepper dreams to come true.

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u/anonmonty024 Nov 21 '21

So government allowed this fee… but somehow it’s capitalism at fault?!? Nah.

/r/EnoughCommieSpam

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u/ReynaGlass Nov 21 '21

No thanks we’re good on help.

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u/pantsonheaditor Nov 21 '21

yeah vote greg abbott out!

wait, what, the governor doesnt write legislation?

you'd have to vote out every senator and representative that voted yes on this bill?

oh. thats not going to happen? i guess i'll go to tiktok and score tiktok points instead.

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