This post is a really interesting convergence of a few research vectors of the OODA loop: crypto-miners, drought/heatwave conditions, energy policy, risk awareness and decision-making.
For starters, the reason Texas ends up in the national headlines (and is followed as an indicator during these now consecutive, now seemingly annual, midsummer heat waves) is that the state is a example of what statisticians call “extreme sampling”. “: the Texas power grid “does not connect to the grids of other states and cannot supply itself with electricity in the event of an emergency. [As a result], during a winter storm in 2021, demand for electricity exceeded supply and more than 200 people died. Regardless of your working definition of operational resilience, the Texas energy ecosystem is not. (1)
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