USA - The Great Texas Blunder: Independence or Interdependency?

Arno Froese

The Texas power grid, entirely contained within the state to avoid federal regulation, is facing renewed scrutiny after buckling under four days of sub-freezing temperatures. 

This isn’t the state’s first rodeo with widespread blackouts amid unseasonable cold, however. The Texas power grid is designed to independently manage hot summers, not really cold winters. But “what has sent Texas reeling is not an engineering problem,” Will Englund reports at The Washington Post. “It 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.”

“The year 2011 was a miserable cold snap and there were blackouts,” University of Houston energy fellow Edward Hirs tells the Houston Chronicle. “It happened before and will continue to happen until Texas restructures its electricity market.” Texans “hate it when I say that,” but the Texas grid “has collapsed in exactly the same manner as the old Soviet Union,” or today’s oil sector in Venezuela, he added. “It limped along on underinvestment and neglect until it finally broke under predictable circumstances.”, 17 February 2021

Arno's Commentary

Countries the world over are no longer totally independent. Each depends on the other, at least to a certain degree.

Here we recall the catastrophe that had befallen the world-renown and often voted the world’s best airline, Swissair. They failed to be integrated into various international aviation groups, and suddenly found themselves alone, isolated. Nothing could stop them from having to file for bankruptcy, which they did on 31 March 2002.

While this is a political/economic issue, it is a great lesson for us Christians. We are not independent; we are interdependent. Romans 12:4-5 reads: “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” First Corinthians 12:12 adds: “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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