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Texas: Working as Intended

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While the Texas storm might strike some as unusual, a similar event occurred in 2011 and scientists knew that such a severe storm could occur. While the explanations of the failures that made the disaster will include the usual foible and faults of humans, there are also ideological factors that contributed. In fact, the Texas situation provides an excellent case study of the professed ideology of Republicans/conservatives. Fairness requires pointing out the obvious: The United States has only two major parties that divide into left and right. This means that a broad range of views is packed into each party. The Democrats, for example, include AOC, Antifa folk, and Joe Biden. The Republicans, to illustrate, include Mitt Romney, Trump, and some Proud Boys. There are also distinctions between the policies of a party and the various ideologies within that party. While conservatives need not be anti-science and anti-fact, the Republican party has consciously chosen to be anti-science and anti-fact in some areas. The most relevant example is their general anti-science stance on climate change. Back in the 1980s the Democrats and Republicans generally accepted the reality of climate change and the threat it presented. This changed as the Republicans made climate change an ideological issue. This played a role in what happened in Texas: The Republicans have worked hard to deny climate change and to prevent actions to address it—thus the storm and the lack of proper preparation for it. While Republicans profess a belief in personal responsibility and condemn those who would blame others, the Republican Texas leadership rushed to put the blame on others. The governor blamed the utility companies for not being prepared for the event. To be fair, this blame is consistent with Republican ideology. Republicans profess to favor laissez faire capitalism with businesses being allowed to operate mostly as they wish. Because of this, Texas did not require the utility companies to. . .

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