Ah, Texas

All those feisty Texas libertarians got snookered again:

Texas is one of several states suffering through a record-breaking heat wave that’s pushing electric grids to their limits. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, has urged residents to do their part by raising the temperature on their thermostats, but several smart thermostats owners say their devices have been controlled remotely to conserve energy, leaving them in sweltering homes without a clue as to why.

Turns out, some of them just didn’t read the fine print. Several residents in the Houston area said they’d unknowingly enrolled in a program called “Smart Savers Texas” as part of a promotion, according to a report from local ABC-affiliate WFAA on Friday. The agreement states that in exchange for an entry into sweepstakes, electric customers grant permission for the program’s operator, EnergyHub, to control their thermostats during periods of high energy demand.

Amazing, innit, how the Randians of the world throw away their Individualism for a chance at a sweepstake, you know, where they get a prize they don’t proudly earn?

Meanwhile, Texas has still not fixed their grid and probably never will because Gov. Abbott is distracting everyone with proposing building Hair Füror’s Last Monument to the Confederacy alone the border, and of course, regulating lady parts. Who has time to help the citizens neither freeze nor fry when you have Culture Wars to conduct?

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12 Responses to Ah, Texas

  1. Martin Pollard says:

    I still occasionally get offers from my gas company (Consumers Energy) for a “free” smart thermostat… provided they control the temperature themselves. Thank you, no.

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  2. Sirius Lunacy says:

    I wonder what Ted’s thermostat is ste at.

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  3. Hey hey hey…he’s also memory-holing slavery, don’t forget, which because Texass fucking schoolbook orders determine much of what the rest of the country learns from, about ⅔rds of Dumbmerica will do the same…

    He’s far too busy to fix the energy grid in a state which is known for [checks notes] Energy.

    bet he’ll gladly greedily take all the Blue state tax munnies if our fucking Congress can get an infrastructure bill through, and I’ll wager a beelyun quatloos that Smirking Asshole Paxton and twenty other Republican AG’s will promptly sue to make sure there are never any sort of strings attached, like, “You gotta use this money to build resilience into your energy grid, not just launder the money to your cronies.”

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  4. Oneofthebobs says:

    That’s what happens when the thermostat is smarter than the user.

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  5. TheOtherHank says:

    I’ve been seeing ads in the CA Bay Area from some group called endcablackouts.com, or something like that, that are advertising similar thermostats. Hard pass.

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  6. roket says:

    Big Brother TX says you will set your thermostats at 84 and you will like it. End of discussion.

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  7. Osirisopto says:

    They had a choice: no personal income tax, or infrastructure, culture and a fantastic climate.

    Fuck ‘em

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  8. Bruce388 says:

    In my New Jersey days the electric company offered a discounted rate if I would allow them to reduce the volts, or amps, or whatever during heat waves. Since I was comfortable with a fan, I took them up on the offer.

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  9. Buttermilk Sky says:

    I’d expect Texans, of all people, to be threatening secession over this digital home invasion. They’ve done it since Obama was first elected.

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