In case you missed it, drug giant Merck & Co. has stolen the blueprints for ivermectin in order to recreate it as a new highly profitable “blockbuster” drug for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19). The federal government, using your tax dollars, is paying for most of it, and in return Merck is planning to charge end users 40 times what the drug actually costs to make.
Since generic ivermectin is off patent, inexpensive and easily accessible, the American government and mainstream medicine banned it from use, which has cost countless covid patients their lives. In the meantime, Merck has been ripping off the ivermectin formula and is soon planning to price gouge the sick in exchange for massive profits.
“A five-day course of molnupiravir, the new medicine being hailed as a ‘huge advance’ in the treatment of Covid-19, costs $17.74 to produce, according to a report issued last week by drug pricing experts at the Harvard School of Public Health and King’s College Hospital in London,” writes Sharon Lerner for The Intercept.
“Merck is charging the U.S. government $712 for the same amount of medicine, or 40 times the price,” she adds, illustrating the unprecedented greed that rules the Big Pharma cartel’s profit-generating machine.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), which up until a few days ago was run by Tony Fauci’s buddy Francis Collins, along with the Department of Defense (DoD), are the two entities that have been shoveling American taxpayer dollars to Merck to produce the ivermectin rip-off drug.
Big Pharma is a parasitical virus that keeps people sick while raking in the profits
Naturally, this “new” drug from Merck is proving to be effective against the Chinese Virus because it is basically just ivermectin repackaged – except probably with added toxins to ensure that it does not help patients too much.
Big Pharma is not about cures, after all – just profits. And the American people continue to just let this vile industry do whatever the hell it wants without repercussions because they are too busy playing on TikTok and chasing some fictitious “American dream.”
Anyway, we can expect to see Merck’s “blockbuster remedy” for the Fauci Flu get heavily pushed on the masses along with the “vaccines” and every other pharmakeia poison that the system wants people to take instead of natural remedies and other safe and effective remedies for staying healthy.
According to Lerner, this Merck rip-off of ivermectin is expected to “bring staggering profits to both Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics,” a small Miami-based company that licensed the medicine back in 2020 and two months later sold the worldwide rights to Merck for an undisclosed sum.
“Although Ridgeback remains involved in the development of the drug, some have described the deal as ‘flipping,’” Lerner adds, comparing the situation to house flippers who pull a fast one for quick profits.
Obama appointee and outgoing National Institutes of Health (NIH) head Francis Collins has many skeletons in his closet that the mainstream media is ignoring in its quest to celebrate Collins’ longtime tenure at the agency.
Collins delivered a laughable statement this week claiming that he “fundamentally believe[s] … that no single person should serve in the position too long, and that it’s time to bring in a new scientist to lead the NIH into the future.”
This, Collins says, is why he is resigning – not because of the revelations that he lied and committed treason by sending American taxpayer dollars to Wuhan, China, to perform illegal gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses.
The following six scandals fully incriminate Collins for committing crimes against humanity, but you are unlikely to hear about any of them from the mainstream media:
The first scandal involves Collins serving on the advisory board of a conference sponsored by a Chinese military-linked genomics firm called BGI Genomics. Collins, who is Tony Fauci’s boss, has referred to the head of this firm in the past as a “friend.”
BGI has been flagged numerous times by U.S. intelligence agencies for trying to “collect, store, and exploit biometric information” on American citizens through Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) testing kits.
“According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the firm has deep ties to both the Chinese Communist Party and its military,” reported The National Pulse.
The second scandal involves Collins fully admitting that U.S. taxpayer dollars were given to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) for things that Collins says he “had no control over.”
Collins also signed exclusive research deals with groups that function as Chinese Communist Party (CCP) military fronts. This is Collins’ third scandal, and one that definitively constitutes treason.
There are certain penalties in place for those who commit treason – will they apply here?
We have understood natural immunity since at least the Athenian Plague in 430 BC. Here is Thucydides:
‘Yet it was with those who had recovered from the disease that the sick and the dying found most compassion. These knew what it was from experience and had no fear for themselves; for the same man was never attacked twice—never at least fatally.’ – Thucydides
We have lived with endemic coronaviruses for at least a hundred years, for which we have long-lasting natural immunity. As expected, we also have natural immunity after Covid-19 disease, as there have been exceedingly few reinfections with serious illness or death, despite a widely circulating virus.
For most viruses, natural immunity is better than vaccine-induced immunity, and that is also true for Covid. In the best study to date, the vaccinated were around 27 times more likely to have symptomatic disease than those with natural immunity, with an estimated range between 13 and 57. With no Covid deaths in either group, both natural and vaccine immunity protect well against death.
During the last decade, I have worked closely with hospital epidemiologists. While the role of physicians is to treat patients and make them well, the task of the hospital epidemiologist is to ensure that patients do not get sick while in the hospital, such as catching a deadly virus from another patient or a caretaker.
For that purpose, hospitals employ a variety of measures, from frequent hand washing to full infection control regalia when caring for an Ebola patient. Vaccinations are a key component of these control efforts. For example, two weeks before spleen surgery, patients are given the pneumococcal vaccine to minimize postoperative infections, and most clinical staff are immunized against influenza every year.
Infection control measures are especially critical for older frail hospital patients with a weakened immune system. They can become infected and die from a virus that most people would easily survive. A key rationale for immunizing nurses and physicians against influenza is to ensure that they do not infect such patients.
How can hospitals best protect their patients from Covid disease? It is an enormously important question, also relevant for nursing homes. There are some obvious standard solutions, such as separating Covid patients from other patients, minimizing staff rotation, and providing generous sick leave for staff with Covid-like symptoms.
Another goal should be to employ staff with the strongest possible immunity against Covid, as they are less likely to catch it and spread it to their patients. This means that hospitals and nursing homes should actively seek to hire staff that have natural immunity from prior Covid disease and use such staff for their most vulnerable patients.
Hence, we are now seeing a fierce competition where hospitals and nursing homes are desperately trying to hire people with natural immunity. Well, actually, not.
Instead, hospitals are firing nurses and other staff with superior natural immunity while retaining those with weaker vaccine-induced immunity. By doing so, they are betraying their patients, increasing their risk for hospital-acquired infections.
By pushing vaccine mandates, White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci is questioning the existence of natural immunity after Covid disease. In doing so, he is following the lead of CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who questioned natural immunity in a 2020 Memorandum published by The Lancet. By instituting vaccine mandates, university hospitals are now also questioning the existence of natural immunity after Covid disease.
FDA is the best LAP DOG BIG PHARMA’S fiat currency can buy.
The Ole Dog!
It will be impossible to take an “FDA approval” seriously, after learning what FDA workers “approve of” behind the scenes.
Using the Freedom of Information Act, Judicial Watch uncovered 198 suspect communication records from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The records unveil a criminal operation within the agency, a ghoulish operation that routinely harvests and traffics organs from LIVING human babies.
The records reveal that the FDA is under contract with a human fetal tissue provider, Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR). The FDA uses ABR to obtain human heads, organs, and tissue that are strategically harvested from aborted babies. In the records, the FDA even requested “fresh and never frozen” fetal body parts, so they could carry out chimeric research projects involving “humanized mice.”
Organs from 24-week-old abortions are harvested “fresh” and sold to the FDA
Some of the FDA communications were redacted. Judicial Watch was able to uncover these redactions with the help of the court. The redactions included a payment plan for fetal cadaverous procurement. The “service fee” for an intact calvarium taken from babies between 8 to 24 weeks old is $515 per specimen. The FDA’s contract with ABR included an estimated $60,000 in trafficked organs taken strategically from live aborted babies. During a 2016 U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Investigation, the ABR admitted “that its procurement technicians work inside the abortion facilities, packaging and shipping the aborted baby body parts ‘on the day they are procured.’” Judicial Watch and the court have uncovered several violations of federal law, and shone a light on wide-scale crimes against humanity.
“The court also found ‘there is reason to question’ whether the transactions violate federal law barring the sale of fetal organs,” Judicial Watch informs. “Documents previously uncovered in this lawsuit show that the federal government demanded the purchased fetal organs be ‘fresh and never frozen.’”
“Chopping up aborted human beings for their organs and tissue is a moral and legal outrage,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This issue should be front and center in any debate about America’s barbaric abortion industry.”
FDA, NIAID and the University of Pittsburgh all engaged in criminal fetal organ research
The Spiked Protein delivered to the bloodstream via the killer jab is a spiked protein with a trifold head just like the ones which cause Mad Cow Disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Lou Gehrig’s Disease, all of these know to mess up motor skills, balance and leave the infected a drooling stumbling pitiful creature.
There are Reports of pilots with blood clots.
Planes hitting the ground all over the world being blamed on “engine failures” or “unknown reasons’.
Canada grounded their Mad Cow Maxx Vaxxed pilots by the insurance companies saying the could not insure planes, cargos or passengers flown by experimentally jabbed pilots as their rules forbid insuring such for planes flown by pilots on experimental medications or procedures.
My nephew a private pilot took two jabs because his over schooled liberal son and daughter in law would not allow him to be around his grandkids otherwise.
Some weeks later he had what was probably a ministroke where he said it was like when you are young and drink so much you are sick as hell and the world is spinning.
He had to sit down and could not see out of one eye for about twenty minuets.
If he had been flying, he would have crashed.
I told him the other day if he ever flies again he is a fool who is putting his own life and anyone on the planes life in danger.
Now it might seem an airline trying to sabotage their own company is insanity.
One has to study long and hard, go down a lot of rabbit holes before one realizes the same very rich evil asses, a handful of families basically own every International corporation in the world.
They run the paper trail through boards of directors, front men who are allowed to get rich and live the high life and such muddying the waters, but most all big corporations are vin the end owned by the same bunch forcing the killer jab on humanity.
They own the printing presses which print paper money which is “loaned” to countries at Usury interest.
they ca priest all the money they need or want.
they can set up new corporations with newly printed fiat currencies seven days a week, anytime they want.
When a corporation goes down, it is not the rich ass holes who lose, it is the “share holders” who were stupid enough to get involved with the house always wins Wall Street rigged game.
The evil ones trying to kill off most of humanity with killer jabs will have no use for many different airlines if they succeed in killing off humanity to the 500 million level they want to.
The Ole Dog!
Southwest airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights between Saturday and Sunday – blaming the FAA and the weather for problems that didn’t seem to affect other airlines. According to FlightAware, Southwest canceled over 1,000 of the flights on Sunday.
“We experienced significant impact in the Florida airports [Friday] evening after an FAA-imposed air traffic management program was implemented due to weather and resulted in a large number of cancellations,” Alan Kasher, who oversees Southwest’s flight operations, in a statement obtained by several news outlets on Saturday.
About 800 Southwest flights were canceled on Saturday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. Other major carriers, including American Airlines and Spirit Airlines, appeared to have significantly fewer disruptions.
As Jack Phillips of The Epoch Times points out, the firm’s Saturday statement also blamed the issue on air traffic control problems and the weather.
“We experienced significant impact in the Florida airports yesterday (Friday) evening after an FAA-imposed air traffic management program was implemented due to weather and resulted in a large number of cancellations,” Southwest said.
There was speculation on social media that the flight cancelations were being triggered by employees calling in sick en masse. In its statement Saturday, Southwest did not make reference to the speculation.
“Southwest Airlines must join our industry peers in complying with the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination directive,” Southwest CEO Gary Kelly announced on Oct. 4, explaining that the company works as a federal contractor and needs to comply with President Joe Biden’s September vaccine mandate for federal employees and contractors. That prompted a lawsuit from Southwest’s pilot union, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, which is seeking a court injunction against the mandate.
On its website Saturday, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association blamed the cancelations on “a number of issues, but we can say with confidence that our Pilots are not participating in any official or unofficial job actions,” in an apparent reference to speculations about employees calling in sick.
“Our Pilots will continue to overcome [Southwest Airlines] management’s poor planning, as well as any external operational challenges, and remain the most productive Pilots in the world,” the statement continued. “They will continue to be focused on their highest priority—safety.”
Meanwhile, on Sunday morning, there were long lines at Southwest’s ticket counter in the Tampa airport, according to local media.
When the Confederacy was no more, Texas reverted back to the Republic of Texas, criminally in a war crime occupied by the USA from 1865 to the present.
The USA occupying the Republic of Texas is not the Volunteer Union united States of America formed by the Revolutionaries, but the Mandatory Communist Military Dictatorship thinly disguised as a constitutional republic, the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CORPORATION instituted by the closet queer atheist marxist yankee “puritan” war criminal Lincoln when he killed the Revolutionaries Volunteer Union.
The “STATE OF TEXAS” is an occupying sub corporation of the USA/DC occupying war criminal communist corporation.
If the STATE OF TEXAS wants to secede, have at it but that still would not make it a legal governmnet of the Occupied Republic of Texas.
The Occupied Republic of Texas has never been a legal member of Lincoln’s dictatorship mandatory union, only illegally occupied by the shyster rail road lawyers Marxist Soviet Styled Dictatorship.
Therefore the Occupied Republic of Texas can not secede from that which it has never joined.
The Ole Texican Dog!
‘COMMON SENSE: The Case For an Independent Texas’
This pamphlet is dedicated to all people of goodwill.
Chapter I. Two Americas 1 Chapter II. Texans Should Separate from
the US Federal governmnet.
Chapter III. The Rest of the Country 20 Should LET THEM GO
Chapter IV. Concerns & Objections 23
Originally published September 2021
There are now two Americas, each with its distinct ethical system, news sources, and version of American history. In a free and tolerant society, two separate nations could co-exist, as the bumper sticker implores.
But the modern United States is not free, and it is certainly not tolerant. The two Americas hate each other with a growing passion, and if unchecked that hatred will soon escalate into widespread violence.
Left-wing progressives still recall in horror the mob of January 6, and are amazed that acceptance of transgender individuals is meeting such resistance, when they view it as obviously the 2020s analog of the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s. They are dismayed by the unwillingness of so many of their fellow Americans to take the most basic of precautions to reduce the death toll of a global pandemic. They find it very telling that the same people who argue that a business should be able to refuse service to gay couples do not think those same businesses should have the freedom to set their own mask or vaccination policies.
On the other side, right-wing conservatives watch in shock as the country they knew disappears; stories appear daily that would have been inconceivable a mere decade ago. A medical school professor apologizes to his students during a lecture for saying the phrase “when a woman is pregnant” (thus implying that only women can become so).1 A typical peer-reviewed article argues: “Whiteness is a condition one first acquires and then one has—a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which ‘white’ people have a particular susceptibility . . . Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse.”2 The CIA advertises its inclusivity and top military brass warn of domestic right-wing militias, while allies are abandoned amidst collapse in Afghanistan. The conservatives are amazed at the reintroduction of segregation, in stark defiance of the plain words from Martin Luther King and other Civil Rights-era icons.
They are dismayed by the willingness of so many of their fellow Americans to let political officials tell them if they are allowed to go to church. And they find it very telling that the same people who argue “her body, her choice” when it comes to aborting fetuses do not extend the same logic to vaccinations.
For those refusing to see what is staring them in the face, the NFL has literally begun playing two national anthems before its games. In recognition of the Two Americas, there must be an accompanying political separation. The rest of this pamphlet is dedicated to the proposition that the state of Texas must be restored to its status as an independent republic. Such a restoration is no magic bullet, and will not resolve all of America’s problems, but it will help tremendously. The time to act is now.
TEXANS SHOULD SEPARATE FROM
THE U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Although it is a timeworn tradition in America to decry the nonsense flowing from Washington, in recent years the U.S. government’s profligacy and incompetence have long surpassed any reasonable threshold for tolerance. Below we offer a brief sketch of some of the major issues for which federal policies are the problem.
Money: The U.S. Problem
The United States’ central bank, the Federal Reserve, has created extraordinary amounts of new money in response to the 2008 financial crisis and more recently the 2020 pandemic. The following chart, taken from the St. Louis branch of the Fed, shows the size of the “monetary base,” which is legal-tender money (currency plus bank reserves held on deposit with the Fed itself). The monetary base is directly controlled by the Federal Reserve, and is a common measure to judge whether policy is “tight” or “loose.”
Figure 1. U.S. Monetary Base, Jan. 1959 – July 2021
(Shaded areas indicate U.S. recessions.) Source: St. Louis Federal Reserve (FRED)3
When the financial crisis struck in September 2008, the monetary base stood at $910 billion. A year later, after the first round of so-called “quantitative easing” (QE) it had doubled to $1.8 trillion. The second and third rounds of QE involved another doubling, pushing the monetary base up to around $4 trillion where it hovered from late 2014 through late 2015.
The monetary base had been gently falling until September 2019, when it resumed its growth due to a seizing up in the market for repurchase agreements (“repos”). And then when the coronavirus pandemic shocked the world in March 2020, the Fed unleashed a torrent of new monetary inflation. As of July 2021, the monetary base stood at $6.1 trillion.
Besides the obvious problem of rising consumer prices, the Fed’s policies since 2008 have inculcated a state of dependence in the financial markets to continually “easy money.” If and when the Federal Reserve decides to seriously tighten, the resulting crash will be much worse than if the Fed had adopted more moderate policies from the beginning.4
Money: The Texas Solution
A free society would feature a healthy separation of money and state, for the same reasons that it respects a separation of church and state. Although most Americans take it for granted that the government must be in charge of the money supply, historically this was not always so. Indeed, from the founding of the Constitutional Republic up until the eve of the Civil War in 1861, the United States government did not issue any legal-tender paper currency at all. (How would they have known whose portraits to put on the bills?) Instead, the people decided how many official U.S. dollars existed at any moment, by taking raw gold or silver to U.S. mints where they would be stamped into full-bodied coins marked with the appropriate number of dollars on their face, according to legislated ratios.5
The government of the Republic of Texas doesn’t need to tell its people which assets to use as money; they can figure that out themselves. Presumably in the initial years after a formal break, Texans will continue to conduct much of their business in U.S. dollars. Yet the Texan authorities should put no hurdles in the way of their citizens adopting other assets as dollar alternatives, whether they be euros, gold coins, or cryptocurrencies.
Fortunately, Texas currently has no state income tax (or associated capital gains tax), which would prove an obstacle to diversifying away from the dollar (because alternative assets would appreciate in dollar terms and be subject to tax when spent). In the case of money, Texas authorities need do nothing special; private citizens can make their own contractual arrangements as they see fit. To the extent that government entities in Texas must receive payments, they of course can specify the acceptable forms, but this is no different in principle from a restaurant in Cancún accepting both U.S. dollars and euros from tourists (at pre-specified exchange rates vis-à-vis its menu prices) while rejecting payment in chickens; nobody thinks such a restaurant is setting Mexican monetary policy with such business decisions.
Debt: The U.S. Problem
As with the Fed’s issuance of new dollars, the United States Treasury has unleashed a spigot of new debt starting with the 2008 crisis and accelerating since the pandemic. The following chart shows total U.S. Treasury debt, both in dollar terms (blue, left) and as a percentage of GDP (red, right):
Figure 2. U.S. Federal Public Debt, 1q 1966 – 2q 2021
Source: St. Louis Federal Reserve6
As the figure indicates the total public debt (at the federal level) went from about $9.5 trillion (or 64% of GDP) in early 2008 to $28.5 trillion (or 126% of GDP) a mere thirteen years later.
The huge increase in federal debt would be tolerable if it were due to one-off events (such as a global financial crisis and a global pandemic) that would soon give way to fiscal responsibility. However, due to rising interest rates and demographic trends, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the federal debt as a share of the economy will continue to grow in the long run, and by 2031 will actually surpass its all- time peak set during World War II.7
Debt: The Texas Solution
As with any household or corporation, the government of Texas can avoid a debt problem by living within its means. As the analysis in this chapter indicates, the Texan government does not need to replicate all of the “services” currently provided by the U.S. government. By resisting the urge to increase spending, the Texas authorities can maintain their current policy of no income tax, thus protecting one of the features undergirding the region’s continued growth in population and economic output.
Entitlements: The U.S. Problem
In the often poorly named taxonomy of U.S. federal spending, “entitlements” refer to mandatory (as opposed to discretionary) expenditures that are fixed under law. In order to change the trajectory of entitlement spending, Congress needs to alter the original law giving authorization. The biggest ticket items in this category are Social Security and Medicare. For decades, analysts have been warning of the looming (yet always distant) “unfunded liabilities” time bomb due to the aging of the population, where fewer and fewer workers support each retiree drawing benefits from Washington. That time bomb has now detonated, as we explain shortly.
When discussing the solvency of Social Security and Medicare, there are different thresholds one might choose, due to the peculiar fact that historically, these programs ran annual surpluses which they lent to the federal government to (partially) cover the deficit in the general fund. (This allowed Social Security and Medicare to build up “trust funds” over the years, consisting of Treasury securities whereby Uncle Sam owes money to himself.) So when we ask, “When will Social Security (or Medicare) run out of money?” there are different ways we can interpret the question, each yielding a different answer.
Yet no matter which threshold we adopt, the situation is dire. For example, if we ask in what year will the annual “contributions” from workers’ payroll taxes fail to cover that year’s benefits payments, the answer is: That already happened! For Social Security (specifically, the Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance or OASDI programs) that shortfall began in 2010, while for Medicare (specifically the Hospital Insurance or HI program, also referred to as Medicare Part A) that shortfall began in 2008.
If we treat the respective trust funds associated with Social Security and Medicare as if they were external assets held by a private financial institution, then we can push back the point of crisis. Taking into account the trust funds and the interest income they generate, OASDI will be able to pay obligations according to current law up through the year 2034, at which point the Social Security trust fund will be depleted. The comparable year for Medicare’s HI program is 2026.8
SAN ANTONIO – A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was arrested Monday on child sex crime charges, the department confirmed on Wednesday.
Fredis Rivas, 34, was taken into custody in Comal County. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography and indecency with a child.
The investigation was handled by the Office of the Attorney General with help from the Texas Rangers, a spokeswoman said.
“DPS takes these allegations very seriously and, on Sept. 28, Rivas was served with notice of the Director’s preliminary decision to terminate his employment,” according to a statement provided by the department.
Rivas worked as a trooper assigned to Luling, officials said. He has been with the department since 2013.
DPS officials declined to release additional details about the allegations against Rivas.
Records showed Rivas remained in jail on Wednesday.
DEL RIO, Texas — The Biden administration plans the wide-scale expulsion of Haitian migrants from a small Texas border city by putting them on on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official said Friday, representing a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly crossed the border from Mexico and gathered under and around a bridge.
Details are yet to be finalized but will likely involve five to eight flights a day, according to the official with direct knowledge of the plans who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. San Antonio, the nearest major city, may be among the departure cities.
Another administration official speaking on condition of anonymity expected two flights a day at most and said all migrants would be tested for COVID-19.
U.S. authorities closed traffic to vehicles and pedestrians in both directions at the only border crossing in Del Rio, Texas, after chaos unfolded Friday and presented the administration with a new and immediate challenge as it tries to manage large numbers of asylum-seekers who have been reaching U.S. soil.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it was closing the border crossing with Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, “to respond to urgent safety and security needs.” Travelers were being directed to Eagle Pass, Texas, 57 miles away.
Haitians crossed the Rio Grande freely and in a steady stream, going back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico through knee-deep water, with some parents carrying small children on their shoulders. Unable to buy supplies in the U.S., they returned briefly to Mexico for food and cardboard to settle, temporarily at least, under or near the bridge in Del Rio, a city of 35,000 that has been severely strained by migrant flows in recent months.
In February, a record-setting winter storm named Uri plunged the state of Texas into subfreezing temperatures and overwhelmed the state’s electricity grid. Millions of Texans were left without power for days as a result.
It turns out, nine of the state’s 13 main generators were out of commission when the storm hit. Moreover, six of its 15 secondary generators were also not working properly at times because of freeze damage and problems getting fuel. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) didn’t report those problems at the time.
Poor performance could have led to months of blackout for Texans
Power plants produce electricity. But the amount of electricity they produce should match the demand from homes and businesses. This balance between supply and demand creates a stable electric-system frequency.
If there is no balance between supply and demand, an electricity grid can collapse. If that happens, black starts, special generators capable of starting up without external electricity from a grid, would kick in to restore electric service. Black starts are usually tiny combustion turbines or hydroelectric powerhouses.
When a black start is activated, it sends power down an isolated line to a power plant to jolt its controls, pumps and motors back to life. Once those components are up and running, the power plant can start producing electricity again. Normally, it may take more than one black start to get a big power plant running.
Put simply, black starts keep humans from going back to the Stone Age in case of an uncontrolled grid collapse, said Pat Wood III, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and former head of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT).
The Texas electricity grid’s black starts weren’t working properly when the storm hit. If ERCOT had completely lost control of the situation, the spotty performance of the black starts could have left millions of Texans without power for months. Wood said the spotty performance of Texas’s black starts stunned him.
What happened in Texas exposed a glaring problem that should be fixed fast, said Wood. “[Black starts] should be the most secure facilities in the country. We can’t afford to kick it down the road again.”
But despite the total grid collapse that almost happened in Texas, ERCOT officials are reluctant to share information about the state’s black start units for fear of compromising the grid’s security.
Currently, there is no publicly available list of black start resources nationally. ERCOT has also refused to point out the location of its 28 black start units.