Biden’s Dept. of Energy Did NOT Block Texas From Increasing Power Before Storm
The spread of disinformation is a fascinating thing. Depending on which side of the aisle you're on, dictates what you believe. That's the joy of being an independent. Or, actually, the bane of being an independent. The sad truth right now is that right-wing, bulls*** factories like OAN and NewsMax are twisting the mind of people who hate liberals so much they're willing to believe anything. Just look at the comments these articles get on Facebook. It's entertaining, but also a bit sad, because when you think about it, a lot of those people vote.
One recent bulls*** story that has been making the rounds on social media is that the Biden administration blocked Texas from ramping up the energy before the winter storm hit, essentially putting the blame for the power outages on Biden and his Department of Energy. This simple isn't true.
Of course, my source is Snopes, which is known for debunking things on both sides of the political spectrum, but since the right is so cluttered with bulls*** at this point, Snopes has to be a left-wing extremist website.
Here is what the story that began on Infowars claimed:
An Emergency Order from the Biden administration’s Department of Energy shows Texas energy grid operator ERCOT was instructed to stay within green energy standards by purchasing energy from outside the state at a higher cost, throttling power output throughout the state ahead of a catastrophic polar vortex.
Major smoking gun! Infowars has been sent a Department of Energy document, confirmed to be authentic, showing Texas begging for federal authorization to increase power!
So is any of that true?
Well, let me allow Snopes to explain:
The report was highly inaccurate. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) actually granted a request from Texas officials to temporarily allow energy providers to produce energy at levels that would ordinarily exceed limits set out in environmental regulations, thus having the opposite effect of that claimed by Infowars.
Of course, if you're already buried deep in the alt-right echo chamber, you aren't going to believe any of this anyway.