Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) reliably failing Texans again, this time in warm weather; AG Paxton replies

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin, June 15 – Only the so-called Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which claims to receive its direction from the Texas Public Utilities Commission, would feel surprise that Texas has warm weather in the summer month of June. ERCOT, which abjectly failed Texans, during the February freeze, now has […]

Texas crisis has governor facing big backer: energy industry

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As frozen Texas reels under one of the worst electricity outages in U.S. history, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has blamed grid operators and iced-over wind turbines but gone easier on another culprit: an oil and gas industry that is the state’s dominant business and his biggest political contributor. And as the […]

Some electricity restored in Texas, but water woes grow

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Power was restored to more homes and businesses Thursday in states hit by a deadly blast of winter that overwhelmed the electrical grid and left millions shivering in the cold this week. But the crisis was far from over in parts of the South, where many people still lacked safe drinking […]

Guest Editorial: Alvin Barksdale, It’s time to quit kidding ourselves about Texas’ power grid failure; it’s all about money

Alvin Barksdale, Jr., Guest Editorialist to The Golden Hammer The colossal failure of the Texas power grid is not a “green power failure, as wind power only accounts for about ten percent (10%) of the State’s power. The remaining ninety percent (90%) of Texas’ power comes from natural gas and coal. Natural gas and coal are […]

Governor Abbott provides update on Texas’ response to winter weather conditions

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin, February 18 – Texas Governor Greg Abbott yesterday provided an update on the state’s response to severe winter weather conditions and power outages throughout the state. The Governor discussed the weather forecast, response efforts to assist Texans in need, water quality, and other issues affecting communities across the state. […]

Thousands of cold-stunned sea turtles being rescued in Texas

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) — Residents, some of whom lack heat or basic amenities in their own homes due to the unusually chilly weather, have been rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles and taking them to a convention center in a South Texas resort town. “Every 15 minutes or less there’s another truck or SUV that pulls up,” Ed Caum, […]

Millions endure record cold without power; at least 20 dead

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) — A winter storm that left millions without power in record-breaking cold weather claimed more lives Tuesday, including three people found dead after a tornado hit a seaside town in North Carolina and four family members who perished in a Houston-area house fire while using a fireplace to stay warm. […]

Montgomery County government, all local school districts closed Tuesday (February 16)

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe and Montgomery County, February 15 – The Montgomery County government will remain closed on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, due to “inclement weather,” The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper has confirmed. All local school districts will also be closed, with the following exceptions: Magnolia ISD will conduct remote learning […]

‘If not one thing, it’s another’: Storm rolls into Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) — A major snowstorm rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday at a key moment in the coronavirus pandemic, days after the start of the U.S. vaccination campaign and in the thick of a virus surge that has throngs of people seeking tests per day. Snow was falling from northern Virginia to points north of New York […]

Winter already? Snow, deep freeze from Rockies to East Coast

CHICAGO (AP) — An arctic air mass that brought snow and ice to an area stretching from the Rocky Mountains to northern New England on Monday was poised to give way to record-breaking cold temperatures. In mid-Michigan, three people were killed in a two-vehicle crash that the Eaton County sheriff’s department attributed to heavy snowfall. […]