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As Texas struggles to keep the lights on, who should come to the rescue? Mexico. That’s right, Mexico’s state electricity company on Wednesday started supplying electricity to Texas, where cold weather and power shortages forced rolling blackouts across the state. Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission issued a statement saying it “was determined to support Texas with electrical energy” as its neighbor to the north scrambled to deal with its power woes.

If we can figure out some way to harness the energy from all of the heads that will explode as a result of this, we ought to be able to avoid any summer brownouts, too. You can also thank wind power for keeping the lights on. No word on whether or not it was a Mexican wind, however.

On a more serious note, you might be wondering why we experienced rolling blackouts in the winter, for a weather event that we knew was coming for days, and without any advanced notice of said blackouts. The Public Utility Commission is also wondering. Hopefully they’ll get some answers. Perhaps if Governor Perry spent more time in Texas and less time gallivanting around the country, he’d know what was going on, too. PDiddie, McBlogger, and Texas Vox have more.

UPDATE: From California to Kentucky. Our Governor does get around.

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  1. Mike Engelhart says:

    I saw this article about “la electricidad ilegal” last night. I so wanted to be the person to inform our illustrious GOP establishment in Texas of this necessity. The looks on Debbie R and Leo B’s faces would be priceless. I couldn’t stop laughing at the thought of Mexico riding to Perry’s rescue while he was “de vacaciones en California.” This is another example of Grover Norquist’s drowning government in the bathtub so that it is incapable of responding to problems. How can the energy capital of the world be so poorly managed that there is not enough supply and sufficient infrastructure to withstand a couple of 32 degree days? It’s criminal. I got into a debate about Ronald Reagan’s statement that government IS the problem. He was arguing I was taking it out of context from that speech. Regardless, his disciples like Norquist have made that statement into a religious crusade toward something just shy of anarchy.

  2. texaschick says:

    All of these issues are just being used as a distraction from the real issue: the self-inflicted structural deficit in Texas and how to correct it.

    Don’t them them distract Texans from the real issue. We have to demand (and I really hate the word demand; is there a better one?) that our lawmakers utilize a combination of tools to balance the budget; raise taxes and repeal corp. tax credits/loopholes, cut wasteful spending, tap into rainy day fund. First and foremost, they need to correct the structural deficit caused by the Perry Tax Reform.

    We have to also demand that our legislature refrain from passing legislation that will only result in lawsuits that will cost the taxpayers money at a time when our taxpayer money could/should be better utilized.

  3. Kenneth Fair says:

    For some reason, I was reminded of this:

    “They’re f——g taking all the money back from you guys?” complains an Enron employee on the tapes. “All the money you guys stole from those poor grandmothers in California?”

    “Yeah, grandma Millie, man.”

    “Yeah, now she wants her f——g money back for all the power you’ve charged right up, jammed right up her a—— for f——g $250 a megawatt hour.”