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?