I'm still frustrated about last week's rolling blackouts and all the reasons we've been given for why they occurred and who was and wasn't exempt. It's this week's "Uncut Commentary."
Thursday, WFAA's medical reporter Janet St. James detailed how 20 dialysis patients had to have their blood hand cranked back into their bodies when the power went out last week. Operating rooms went dark at hospitals across our area.
You would think they would be exempt. After all, the NFL got a pass for the Super Bowl for security reasons, and I get that. But, public events ought to have their own backup system.
What bothers me most is no one got a warning it was coming. We just woke up to a cold, quiet house on a very cold, quiet morning. Yes, they were record low temperatures, but this is an energy state. It's hard to believe there's a single day in winter when we can't generate enough power to meet our needs.
Power companies wanted deregulation. They got it. Higher rates, got that too. Now, on the day we really needed them to come through, some customers couldn't even get them on the phone. And, it could happen again.
You'll get your heat bill in a few weeks. Even though they cut you off for a while, you won't know it by what you owe. And, they'll use all kinds of $50 words to explain it away.
We all have lots of questions, but for a start, we ought to be shutting off stadiums and ball fields long before we throw surgeons and their patients in the dark.
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