At the same time as Texas Republican politicos are somehow trying to blame the lethal failure of their power grid on "alternate energy proponents", rather than their own bad system, a Texas mayor told his freezing constituents, "No one owes you [or] your family anything; nor is it the local government's responsibility to support you during trying times like this!"

"Tim Boyd, who earlier this week was the mayor of Colorado City, Texas, a city with a population of around 4,000 residents, had posted a response in the group to questions from individuals in his jurisdiction (as well as throughout Mitchell County, Texas) over where they could go to warm up if their power was knocked out, or where they could get drinkable water if their pipes failed to work. Instead of offering solutions, Boyd expressed outrage over people's questions on what to do." ...Apparently an Ayn-Randian hyper-libertarian, Boyd told his town: "Sink or swim it's your choice!...I'm sick and tired of people looking for a damn handout. If they were without power, it was up to residents themselves to "come up with a game plan to keep your family warm and safe...If you were sitting at home in the cold because you have no power and are sitting there waiting for someone to come rescue you because your [sic] lazy is direct result of your raising!"

Startled when he was roundly repudiated by his voting public, Mayor Boyd resigned, claiming he was already planning to resign anyway. He was apparently surprised to learn that a mayor doesn't just collect a salary, he's expected to handle emergencies and show leadership in crises.

Meanwhile "Fossil fuel groups and their Republican allies blamed the power failures on frozen wind turbines and warned against the supposed dangers of alternative power sources. Some turbines did in fact freeze -- though Greenland and other northern outposts are able to keep theirs going through the winter."

Pulitzer Prize reporter Matt Englund explains that the real problem with the Texas power grid is, "...a financial structure for power generation that offers no incentives to power plant operators to prepare for winter. In the name of deregulation and free markets, critics say, Texas has created an electric grid that puts an emphasis on cheap prices over reliable service."

Count on Texas to institutionalize bad planning, short term thinking, and general stupidity.