By John Ballard
WeOccupyAmerica sent out this little string of messages.
- Stage 3 drought watering restrictions for Austin, Texas. http://t.co/yqzlCX05
- Texas, Alaska and Hawaii? All basically run their own electric grid. http://t.co/p5QgJ5NA TX drought my destabilize their power next summer
- TX peaks at 67,000 megawatts. http://t.co/wsmP4en4 And they can import at most 860mw. Disaster waiting to happen.
- If TX takes another heat wave like this year power plants will be shut down - no cooling water. Statewide evacuations not impossible event.
- Point on TX power is this: We're one goof away from state becoming unlivable in summer, then 24 million #climate refugees become #occupiers
Short and not so sweet. Quite to the point.
I copied the links to save the reader having to look them up...
Austin could ban outdoor watering entirely by spring unless traditionally slow-moving City Hall overhauls its water policies in response to the region�s historic drought.
At a morning City Council work session, city water officials said the drought could force Austin into even more restrictive measures, with potentially far-reaching consequences that include the demise of many of the city�s trees, risks to the foundations of buildings and possibly even higher electric bills.
The city may have to declare so-called �stage 3� water restrictions, which have never been used and include an almost total ban on all watering, including with a hose. City officials say the move may be necessary to comply with new requirements they anticipate coming in spring from the Lower Colorado River Authority, a quasi-state agency that supplies most of Austin�s water.
The river authority is forecasting that the current drought will become the worst on record by spring. No one is clear exactly how much further Austin would have to cut back its water use then, but city officials say it could be a significant amount.
?Texas, Alaska and Hawaii? All basically run their own electric grid.
?NewsRelease -- August 02 2011 -- ERCOT sets new peak demand record
Austin, Aug.1, 2011 -- The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state�s bulk transmission grid, set a new electricity demand record with 66,867 megawatts (MW) today between 4 and 5 p.m. and is expecting to break the record again this week.
�Due to the high temperatures and high electricity usage expected this week, we are continuing to request that consumers and businesses reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. for Tuesday and the remainder of the week,� said Kent Saathoff, vice president of system planning and operations.
The new peak demand exceeds the previous all-time record of 65,776 MW (Aug. 23, 2010) by 1,091 MW. One megawatt of power is enough electricity to power about 200 homes in Texas during hot weather when air conditioners are running for long periods of time.
The peak demand forecast for Tuesday is 67,084 MW, as of Monday evening. Demand could go higher on Wednesday and Thursday. The forecast will be updated closer to real-time operating day.
Am I connecting the wrong dots?
Don't record dust storms + more water restrictions = worse conditions?
This is not a far-fetched conclusion:
We're one goof away from state becoming unlivable in summer,
then 24 million #climate refugees become #occupiers