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‘Obviously a mistake’: Sen. Ted Cruz flies back to frozen Texas after criticism over Cancun trip

by: Haley Townsend, Nexstar Media Wire

Posted:  / Updated: 
 
 

DALLAS (NewsNation Now) — Senator Ted Cruz said Thursday that his family trip to the Mexican resort city of Cancun during a deadly winter storm was “obviously a mistake” as he returned to Texas amid a flurry of criticism.

After his travels were first reported as hundreds of thousands of Texans remained without power or safe drinking water, the 50-year-old Republican lawmaker prepared to board a flight home while his Senate office issued a statement saying he was continuing to work for his constituents.

As he returned stateside, Cruz told reporters he began second-guessing the trip since the moment he first got on the plane Wednesday. “In hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it,” he told reporters.

The high-profile Republican, a potential White House candidate in 2024, said in a statement that he had accompanied his family after his daughters asked to go on a trip with friends.

“With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends,” Cruz said in the statement.

“Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon. My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” Cruz said. “We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.”

Cruz told reporters Thursday night that he returned to the U.S. because he realized he needed to be in Texas.

“I didn’t want all the screaming and yelling about this trip to distract even one moment from the real issues that I think Texans care about, which is keeping all of our families safe,” Cruz said.

“It was obviously a mistake, and in hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it,” he said.

Cruz faced calls for his resignation from Democrats after photos emerged on social media showing him in an airport line, in a passenger lounge, aboard an airliner and departing an airport in Mexico.

“Resign,” the Texas Democratic Party tweeted.

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    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) checks his documentation at an airline counter at the Cancun International Airport before boarding his plane back to the U.S., in Cancun, Mexico February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) checks his documentation at an airline counter at the Cancun International Airport before boarding his plane back to the U.S., in Cancun, Mexico February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE

“That’s something that he has to answer to his constituents about,” state Republican Party Chairman Allen West said when asked whether Cruz’s travel was appropriate while Texans are without power and water.

“I’m here trying to take care of my family and look after my friends and others that are still without power,” West said. “That’s my focus.”

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, speaking before Cruz was spotted at Cancun International Airport, said tongue-in-cheek: “I don’t have any updates on the exact location of Senator Ted Cruz, nor does anyone at the White House.”

Hundreds of thousands of people in Texas woke up Thursday to a fourth day without power, and a water crisis was unfolding after winter storms wreaked havoc on the state’s power grid and utilities.

In his statement, Cruz said that his family had lost heat and power as well.

“This has been an infuriating week for Texans,” he said.

Texas officials ordered 7 million people — one-quarter of the population of the nation’s second-largest state — to boil tap water before drinking the water, after days of record low temperatures that damaged infrastructure and froze pipes. 13 million had disruption to their water service.

In Austin, some hospitals faced a loss in water pressure and in some cases, heat.

Cruz’s office declined to answer specific questions about the family vacation, but his staff reached out to the Houston Police Department on Wednesday afternoon to say the senator would be arriving at the airport, according to department spokeswoman Jodi Silva. She said officers “monitored his movements” while Cruz was at the airport.

Silva could not say whether such requests are typical for Cruz’s travel or whether his staff made a similar request for his return flight.

U.S. Capitol Police officials and the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms have encouraged lawmakers and their staff to be conscious of potential threats and to consider advising law enforcement about their travel at airports and other transportation hubs.

Cruz’s office did not immediately say whether the senator would self-quarantine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people who have traveled to get a coronavirus test three to five days after their return and to quarantine for a full week, regardless of the test results.

Cruz has been demonized by the left even before he ran for president in 2016. In more recent years, he has positioned himself as a Trump loyalist with an eye toward a potential second White House bid.

The Texas senator championed the-then president’s call to block the certification last month of Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory. That stand led to calls for Cruz’s resignation after a violent mob stormed the Capitol as Congress was affirming Biden’s win.

“Ted Cruz had already proven to be an enemy to our democracy by inciting an insurrection. Now, he is proving to be an enemy to our state by abandoning us in our greatest time of need,” Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said Thursday. “For the 21st time, the Texas Democratic Party calls on Ted Cruz to resign or be expelled from office.”

Cruz’s office dismissed calls for his resignation earlier in the month.

“The left – and some grifters on the right – are consumed by partisan anger and rage,” his office said in a written statement. “Sen. Cruz will continue to work for 29 million Texans in the Senate.”

Cruz checked in for his return flight Thursday afternoon in Cancun and walked briskly through the terminal pulling a roller bag to security. He wore a golf shirt, jeans and a face mask in the style of the Texas state flag.

Cruz told reporters that he planned to “go home and keep working to get the grid reopened, to get power restored, to get the water back on.”

“A lot of Texans are hurting and this crisis is frustrating. It’s frustrating for millions of Texans. It shouldn’t happen,” he said.                                                                    SEE VIDEO REPORT     ;   https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/national-news/obviously-a-mistake-sen-ted-cruz-flies-back-to-frozen-texas-after-criticism-over-cancun-trip/

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1 hour ago, jaman said:

That's what 25%  Green Energy does. Could you imagine if it was 100% Green Energy.  Disaster. The excuse is the Windmills werent winterized.  yep.

The whole grid was not winterized( Natural gas, coal and Nuclear)  

The same results would had occurred even without any wind farms being built.

 

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1 hour ago, Keyser Soze said:

The whole grid was not winterized( Natural gas, coal and Nuclear)  

The same results would had occurred even without any wind farms being built.

 

Most houses in southern Texas have no form of heat at all unless they plug in a small electric heater.  They don't need it.  This was a 500 year storm, never expected to show up in our life time.  You also don't need to keep a boat at your house in expectation of floods either.

It's not about the electrical services being sub-par, it's about why Pennsylvanians don't use tire chains in the winter.  Yes, we have had to use them once in the past because of where we live, but very few people in Pennsylvania would even know where to get chains, let alone use them if that bad of a storm went through here.


"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything"

Albert Einstein

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59 minutes ago, Petee said:

Most houses in southern Texas have no form of heat at all unless they plug in a small electric heater.  They don't need it.  This was a 500 year storm, never expected to show up in our life time.  You also don't need to keep a boat at your house in expectation of floods either.

It's not about the electrical services being sub-par, it's about why Pennsylvanians don't use tire chains in the winter.  Yes, we have had to use them once in the past because of where we live, but very few people in Pennsylvania would even know where to get chains, let alone use them if that bad of a storm went through here.

Most houses in Southern Texas have heat pumps.

The last 500 year storm happened in 2011

Lessons from 2011

In 2011, Texas faced a very similar storm that froze natural gas wells and affected coal plants and wind turbines, leading to power outages across the state. A decade later, Texas power generators have still not made all the investments necessary to prevent plants from tripping offline during extreme cold, experts said.

Woodfin, of ERCOT, acknowledged that there’s no requirement to prepare power infrastructure for such extremely low temperatures. “Those are not mandatory, it’s a voluntary guideline to decide to do those things,” he said. “There are financial incentives to stay online, but there is no regulation at this point.”

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation, which has some authority to regulate power generators in the U.S., is currently developing mandatory standardsfor “winterizing” energy infrastructure, a spokesperson said.

Texas politicians and regulators were warned after the 2011 storm that more “winterizing” of power infrastructure was necessary, a report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation shows. The large number of units that tripped offline or couldn’t start during that storm “demonstrates that the generators did not adequately anticipate the full impact of the extended cold weather and high winds,” regulators wrote at the time. More thorough preparation for cold weather could have prevented the outages, the report said.

 

El Paso, Texas, has not experienced blackouts because they are part of a national power grid that many other parts of Texas have opted out of.

"We've deregulated here in Texas. We've gone at it alone. And, quite honestly, when people worry more about profits, they're not going to winterize their plants. ... I think we've cut corners. We've tried to worry more about profit, and now Texans are suffering for it,” Acevedo said.

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While heat pumps require electric to run them, they don't usually perform well enough to be the only system in a home.  Luckily the temperatures are rising steadily and the snow is gone in most places.  Upper Texas may still be the major cold spot.  

Since they've had two storms in the last ten years, they may choose to go with better equipment and spending more money on their electric bills after this.  


"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything"

Albert Einstein

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I looked at the "Weather Channel" on the day after Cruz returned.  The temp in Houston was 50 to 60 degrees.  I believe that after he returned his personality cast a warm glow all across Texas.

More seriously, since he is a US senator, did he have any real power to change anything?  If Dubois had a similar experience, could Sen Casey or Toomey add more voltage to Pelelec?  This media faux outrage suggests to me why sensible people with all the credentials to go into public service would choose to go into private enterprise.

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Texas Blackout Boosts Australian Bank by Up to $215 Million 

Macquarie earned a windfall when the deep freeze in Texas sent energy markets into a tailspin

 

The Australian bank rents access to natural-gas pipelines and electricity networks across the U.S., harnessing that capacity when customers are in urgent need of fuel or power. That was the case last week, when frozen pipelines and the closure of oil-and-gas wells set off a scramble for natural gas among Texas power plants and other consumers. Macquarie sent large volumes of gas from the north of the U.S. to the south, where the cold weather sent prices soaring last week, a person familiar with the matter said.

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5 hours ago, Keyser Soze said:

Texas Blackout Boosts Australian Bank by Up to $215 Million 

Macquarie earned a windfall when the deep freeze in Texas sent energy markets into a tailspin

 

The Australian bank rents access to natural-gas pipelines and electricity networks across the U.S., harnessing that capacity when customers are in urgent need of fuel or power. That was the case last week, when frozen pipelines and the closure of oil-and-gas wells set off a scramble for natural gas among Texas power plants and other consumers. Macquarie sent large volumes of gas from the north of the U.S. to the south, where the cold weather sent prices soaring last week, a person familiar with the matter said.

That large volume of gas was quickly transported by pipelines. 

The very thing that the climate fools are shutting down.

Just how many "O's" are in STOOOOPID?


       THE WINDMILL IS LIBERALISM.

       MY QUEST----------REMOVE LIBERALISM FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.

                                      ALONG WITH EXPOSING THE TPD FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS.

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9 minutes ago, Keyser Soze said:

I read somewhere that 5 million lost power during the blackout so 22 million other Texans had power

So you gotta ask the burning question. If the AOC windmills would have kept turning, how would that helped the 5 million?

 


       THE WINDMILL IS LIBERALISM.

       MY QUEST----------REMOVE LIBERALISM FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.

                                      ALONG WITH EXPOSING THE TPD FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS.

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All electric generation goes into the same grid.  In normally cold weather the windmills would have helped.

Yes, most Texans had power but the ones who didn't weren't prepared to deal with the lack of heat and water.  One of my friend's brothers needed a very simple pipe cap repair part for his water system and they were not to be found anywhere neat him so it had to be overnighted from here.

I have friends living in Alpine Texas and they didn't lose power, but some people in their community did.  Some how there is a link into a corridor of Texas from Louisiana that stayed up. 


"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything"

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I wonder how many of those with electric cars ran outside and started them up to get warm.


       THE WINDMILL IS LIBERALISM.

       MY QUEST----------REMOVE LIBERALISM FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.

                                      ALONG WITH EXPOSING THE TPD FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS.

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USA TODAY

This man used his 2021 Ford F-150 to heat his house during Texas winter storm blackout

Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press
 
 

Texans trapped without electricity for days in their homes have suffered without heat or lights or the ability to run refrigerators or stoves despite freezing temperatures.

But Randy Jones, 66, a retired refinery worker from the town of Katy, outside Houston, and the owner of a 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid piwith Pro Power onboard, generated envy on social media after posting images of how he's using his pickup to power his home and help neighbors during the blackout affecting millions in the Lone Star State.

"We were out from Sunday through Wednesday evening," he said early Thursday. "It's been miserably cold and frustrating to have loss of power for that many days."

The experience felt like a bad movie, something Jones said he couldn't really describe in words that would be printable in a family newspaper.

Randy Jones, a retired refinery worker from Caty, Texas and the owner of a 2021 F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid truck, used the truck generator to power his coffee maker during a blackout from February 14-17. This photo was taken Monday, February 15, 2021.
 
Randy Jones, a retired refinery worker from Caty, Texas and the owner of a 2021 F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid truck, used the truck generator to power his coffee maker during a blackout from February 14-17. This photo was taken Monday, February 15, 2021.

"You're living your life normally and all of a sudden you're thrust into the dark. I think it got around 9 degrees. It's been in mid-20s and low 30s. You don't expect that in south Texas. You don't expect to lose power when we have nuclear, natural gas, wind and solar power," he said. "The truck gave us light at night, TV access to catch the news and weather. It helped give us a little bit of heat and a good pot of coffee."

 

https://news.yahoo.com/man-used-2021-ford-f-140213250.html

 

Gotta love that fossil fuel.

 

Trade in a AOC broke windmill for a ford pickup.


       THE WINDMILL IS LIBERALISM.

       MY QUEST----------REMOVE LIBERALISM FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.

                                      ALONG WITH EXPOSING THE TPD FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS.

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2 hours ago, fedup said:

I wonder how many of those with electric cars ran outside and started them up to get warm.

Tesla cars have camping mode that allows them to be used for about 35 hours of use.(the batteries last a long time since they are not being used to move the vehicle.) The newer models have heat pumps to be even more efficient.  

How Much Battery Does Camp Mode Consume?

In normal conditions, Camp Mode generally consumes around 10% or 7-8 kWh of battery for about 8-9 hours. However, in extremely cold conditions, the draining rate can increase slightly higher and costs about 14-15% of the total battery percentage for 8 hours.

https://fossbytes.com/tesla-camp-mode-features-explained/

 

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