Plain Talk: Sen. Kevin Cramer on the Texas Blackouts, Wind Power, Rush Limbaugh, and Ted Cruz

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, Commander of the United States Space Command and Chief of Space Operations for the recently authorized sixth branch of the military, the United States Space Force, tours UND's aerospace facilities with Associate Dean Elizabeth Bjerke, left, and Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., on Friday, Jan. 10. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

Power outages touched millions of Americans this week, including North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer.

“I actually had a 45-minute blackout,” he said on this the 200th episode of Plain Talk, referring to his home in Bismarck.

What can be done to prevent these sort of blackouts in the future? A lot of energy policy gets made at the state level, for a lot of excellent reasons, but from the federal perspective Cramer sees a two-pronged approach.

One, the lavish production tax credit for wind energy, which provides some perverse and truly distortive incentives for energy companies to produce wind energy, needs to end.

Two, both the marketplace and government regulators need to draw a distinction between baseload electrons, of the sort produced by coal or nuclear plants, and intermittent electrons which come from sources like wind.

Also on this episode, Cramer responds to the controversy surrounding Sen. Ted Cruz’s trip to Mexico amid the Texas blackouts and the passing of conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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