Disinfo: Wind and solar power are useless, Texas an example

Summary

Millions of Texans found themselves without electricity, with so much of the state’s wind and solar energy producers rendered useless during an unusually severe snow and ice storm.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation related to renewable energy production, which is sometimes coupled with narratives about climate change, following the narrative that global warming is a "hoax" perpetrated by special interest groups like green business that stand to benefit from climate hysteria.

The widespread electricity failure in the American state of Texas was largely caused by freezing natural gas pipelines, not by wind and solar power palnts producing insufficient amount of energy. Prooduction from coal and nuclear plants dropped as well. A similar phenomenon played out in Kansas and other states.

According to Dan Woodfin, a senior director at ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas):

About 61% of that power loss comes from thermal (coal, nuclear, gas) plants shutting down. Wind makes up just a fraction — 7 per cent or so, by some estimates — of the state’s overall mix of power generation.

According to Sam Newell, head of the electricity group at the Brattle Group, an energy consulting company that has advised Texas on its power grid:

"Wind was operating almost as well as expected, ..., It's an order of magnitude smaller" than problems with natural gas, coal and nuclear energy

See more similar cases in our database relating to energy as well as other claims that Greta Thunberg is a mouthpiece used by the lobbyists of green energy giants; or that Ukrainians will disappear due to global warming; or that environmentalists are overjoyed by the fear around covid-19 as they see it as an opportunity; or that climate change is not such a big concern for citizens; or that the West invented the “climate hoax” to stop Russia’s economic development.

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Navalny is a NATO agent, provoking a colour revolution in Russia

What makes Navalny so dangerous isn’t that he’s a “pro-Western liberal, anti-migrant nationalist, or political opportunist” like RT described him, but that he’s attempting to mislead dissatisfied people — and increasingly even children — into breaking the law by exploiting their frustrations with the state of affairs. The content of his political platform isn’t as bad as the means through which he’s seeking to implement it. This NATO agent is manipulating people for the purpose of provoking a Colour Revolution, hoping that the authorities’ legally justified but sometimes forceful response to his illegal protests can be decontextualized, misreported, and then weaponized to incite a self-sustaining cycle of unrest.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny and popular protests as staged operations by foreign powers. Similar claims can be found here on Venezuela, Ukraine, Belarus, Hong Kong and, now, Russia.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation often targets Russian opposition figures accusing them of being agents of Western intelligence services. There is no basis to claims that Navalny has connections with foreign intelligence. He has been charged with mock accusations on embezzlement in trials. The European Court of Human Rights have concluded that the trial were politically motivated. The European Union has condemned the detention of Alexei Navalny and called for his immediate release.

In Europe, the state has the right to attack families

Europe and the West has embarked on the path of the brutal concept of Children’s Rights, and the state has received the right to intrude in family matters. This is very strange from the background of the liberal concept of freedom.

People say that the Soviet Union was a bad totalitarian state. But in the USSR families were never attacked as now in Europe or America under the pretext of children’s rights. To whom are those children handed over? In what families to they end up? What if they are given to paedophiles or other perverts.

Disproof

An unfounded claim, consistent with a trope, suggesting that European governments have the rights to "steal children" from their families, and, potentially, handing them over to "perverts". Similar stories can be found here and here.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child obliges national authorities to protect children from violence. This convention is signed and ratified by Russia and all EU Member States.

The Western Navalny project to destabilise Russia has failed

Today, we can actually speak of the complete failure of the Navalny project, orchestrated by the West, to destabilise Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny. The claim that Navalny is somehow used by the West and foreign special services for the political destabilisation of Russia is disinformation.

Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has long been the most prominent face of Russian opposition to President Vladimir Putin. His candidacy in the 2018 presidential election was banned by authorities over his conviction by a Russian court for embezzlement, which bars him from running for office. He has been arrested and imprisoned several times during his political career.