With Texas taxpayers subsidizing unreliable energy sources with billions of dollars, Gov. Greg Abbott says ending those subsidies is something the state Legislature will consider.
From 2006 to 2019, wind and solar generators received about $19.4 billion in subsidies and benefits from Texas taxpayers and consumers.
This week, those same generators contributed to millions of Texans being left without power as subfreezing temperatures swept the state.
On a Fox News interview earlier this week, Abbott said the failure of wind and solar energy “shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America.”
During a press conference on Friday, Texas Scorecard asked Abbott if the programs should continue to receive taxpayer subsidies.
“It is something the state Legislature will consider. As it concerns the generation of power in the state, that is an issue that the Legislature will evaluate during the session,” said Abbott.
“I’m asking them to put a specific focus on evaluating all sources of energy so that we can ensure we have adequate energy power in the coldest of winters and also the hottest of summers, so that Texans struggling at home will never go through that challenge again.”
Earlier this week, Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller said “we should never build another wind turbine in Texas.”
The Texas Legislature is slated to being committee hearings to investigate the failures of the state’s electrical grid next week.