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The Temporary Collapse Of Texas Is Foreshadowing The Total Collapse Of The United States

Michael Snyder
February 22nd, 2021
The Economic Collapse Blog
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This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog. 

We are getting a very short preview of what will eventually happen to the United States as a whole.  America’s infrastructure is aging and crumbling.

Our power grids were never intended to support so many people, our water systems are a complete joke, and it has become utterly apparent that we would be completely lost if a major long-term national emergency ever struck.  Texas has immense wealth and vast energy resources, but now it is being called a “failed state”.  If it can’t even handle a few days of cold weather, what is the rest of America going to look like when things really start to get chaotic in this country?

At this point, it has become clear that the power grid in Texas is in far worse shape than anyone ever imagined.  When extremely cold weather hit the state, demand for energy surged dramatically.  At the same time, about half of the wind turbines that Texas relies upon froze, and the rest of the system simply could not handle the massive increase in demand.

Millions of Texans were without power for days, and hundreds of thousands are still without power as I write this article.

And now we are learning that Texas was literally just moments away from “a catastrophic failure” that could have resulted in blackouts “for months”

Texas’ power grid was “seconds and minutes” away from a catastrophic failure that could have left Texans in the dark for months, officials with the entity that operates the grid said Thursday.

As millions of customers throughout the state begin to have power restored after days of massive blackouts, officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, which operates the power grid that covers most of the state, said Texas was dangerously close to a worst-case scenario: uncontrolled blackouts across the state.

I can’t even imagine how nightmarish things would have eventually gotten in Texas if there had actually been blackouts for months.

According to one expert, the state really was right on the verge of a “worst case scenario”

The worst case scenario: Demand for power outstrips the supply of power generation available on the grid, causing equipment to catch fire, substations to blow and power lines to go down.

If the grid had gone totally offline, the physical damage to power infrastructure from overwhelming the grid could have taken months to repair, said Bernadette Johnson, senior vice president of power and renewables at Enverus, an oil and gas software and information company headquartered in Austin.

For years, I have been telling my readers that they have got to have a back up plan for power, because during a major emergency the grid can fail.

And when it fails, it can literally cost some people their lives.  I was deeply saddened when I learned that one man in Texas actually froze to death sitting in his own recliner

As Texas suffered through days of power outages, a man reportedly froze to death in his recliner with his wife clinging to life beside him.

The man was found dead in his Abilene home on Wednesday after being without power for several days in the record cold.

Most Americans don’t realize that much of the rest of the world actually has much better power infrastructure than we do.  Just check out these numbers

In Japan, the average home sees only 4 minutes of power outages per year. In the American Midwest, the figure is 92 minutes per year. In the Northeast, it’s 214 minutes; all those figures cover only regular outages and not those caused by extreme weather or fires.

As our population has grown and our infrastructure has aged, performance has just gotten worse and worse.  In fact, things ran much more smoothly all the way back in the mid-1980s

According to an analysis by Climate Central, major outages (affecting more than 50,000 homes or businesses) grew ten times more common from the mid-1980s to 2012. From 2003 to 2012, weather-related outages doubled. In a 2017 report, the American Society of Civil Engineers reported that there were 3,571 total outages in 2015, lasting 49 minutes on average. The U.S. Energy Administration reports that in 2016, the average utility customer had 1.3 power interruptions, and their total blackout time averaged four hours.

America is literally crumbling all around us, and it getting worse with each passing year.

Our water systems are another example.

In Texas, the cold weather literally caused thousands of pipes to burst.  The damage caused by all of these ruined pipes is going to be in the billions of dollars.

Right now, we are being told that a total of 797 water systems in the state are currently reporting problems with “frozen or broken pipes”

Some 13.5 million people are facing water disruptions with 797 water systems throughout the state reporting issues such as frozen or broken pipes, according to Toby Baker, executive director for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. About 725 systems are under a boil water advisory, Baker said during a press conference Thursday.

Overall, approximately 7 million residents of the state live in areas that have been ordered to boil water, and it could take months for service to fully return to normal.

Without water, none of us can survive for long, and it is absolutely imperative that you have a back up plan in case your local system goes down.

In Houston, people that are without water in their homes have been forced to line up to fill buckets at a public spigot

Meanwhile, in scenes reminiscent of a third world country, Houston residents resorted to filling up buckets of water from a spigot in a local neighborhood.

One Houston resident, whose power has just gone back on Thursday after three days but still has no water, told ‘It is crazy that we just watched NASA land on Mars but here in Houston most of us still don’t have drinking water.’

You can watch video of this happening right here.  Of course if your local water system completely fails, there won’t even be a public spigot available for you to get water.

Shortages of food and other essential supplies are also being reported in Texas.

For Philip Shelley and his young wife, the situation became quite desperate fairly rapidly

Philip Shelley, a resident of Fort Worth, told CNN that he, his wife Amber and 11-month-old daughter, Ava, were struggling to stay warm and fed. Amber is pregnant and due April 4.

“(Ava) is down to half a can of formula,” Shelley said. “Stores are out if not extremely low on food. Most of our food in the refrigerator is spoiled. Freezer food is close to thawed but we have no way to heat it up.”

So what would they have done if the blackouts had lasted for months?

All over the state, extremely long lines have been forming at local supermarkets.  In some cases, people have started waiting way before the stores actually open

Joe Giovannoli, 29, arrived at a Central Market supermarket in Austin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, an hour-and-a-half before it opened. Minutes later, more than 200 people had lined up behind him in the biting 26-degree weather.

Giovannoli’s wife is three months pregnant and the power in their one-bedroom Austin apartment blinked out Tuesday night. After a water pipe broke, firefighters also turned off the building’s water, he said. Giovannoli said he realized he still had it better than many others across Texas, but worried how long things will take to get back to normal.

This is happening in communities across Texas, and you can see video of one of these “bread lines” right here.

Of course those that had gotten prepared in advance did not have to wait in such long lines because they already had food.

Sadly, even though Joe Giovannoli had gotten to the supermarket so early, he later received really bad news

A few minutes before the store opened its doors, a manager stepped outside and warned those waiting in line that supplies inside were low: No produce, no baked goods, not much canned food.

“We haven’t had a delivery in four days,” he said.

Remember, this is just a temporary crisis in Texas that is only going to last for a few days.

So what would happen if a severe long-term national emergency disrupted food, water and power systems for months on end?

All it took to cause a short-term “collapse scenario” in the state of Texas was some cold weather.

Eventually, much worse things will happen to our nation, and it has become clear that we are not ready.

So get prepared while you still can, because time is running out.

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    1. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Texas government, oil sector, and investors frequently engage in terrorism. I have noticed the pattern for over a decade. When oil prices would start falling, they would constantly have fires at oil refineries, to drive the price of oil back up through supply reduction. Oil prices have been going up, but, Biden has outlawed KXL, which is great, since it went through the Ogalala aquifer that is used by farms in the farming region and supplies farms with water, and all of the KXL oil was strictly for export, so only the refineries and investors, shipping, and pipeline industries would reap the rewards at everyone else’s expense. I do not believe that this was caused by the weather. I believe that they allowed it to happen and deliberately shut energy off, and intentionally restricted gas to create a panic in retribution for the shut down of KXL, used to demand more money from the government. Bill Gates coincidently just wrote a book on this, just like he coincidentally held Event 201 and had been 
      “warning” about a plandemic. Bill Gates has moved on from the irrational fears and scientific fraud of the plandemic, and has moved onto irrational fears and scientific fraud of Climate change. Bill Gates is now the largest farmland owner in America, with over 240,000 acres, and is terrorizing people with soylent green factory grown synthetic meat. The man is an evil monster and terrorist that belongs in a federal pennitentary for the rest of his life!

      They have been calling for Dark Winter, because this was planned, with SOP 303, to shut down communications, and to incite martial rule, which congress would be out of the loop on, but the 1/6 deep state staged coup did not achieve their intended goal of doing that.

      These people are terrorists and thieves. Terrorism is their business model. How much proof do you need? 9/11, the 7 false flag wars that ensued, 2003, 2009, and 2020 plandemics, BLM and Antifa terrorism, 1/6 staged rioting? Not to mention the missing $21 trillion from the Pentagon. It is time for them to move to Panama or Brazil. They are anti-American terrorists! California fires are another indicator. They claim that it is global warming. Arson is more likely in many instances.  They have a scorched earth policy. Grafton WI high school which I wrote about years ago, looks like a prison, is outdated, and they voted to spend $7 million to update the plumbing! You could build a new highschool for that! The Grafton government moved the village hall to an 11,000 square foot building years ago! There are only 11,635 people in Grafton! They could have turned that building into a high school, rather than use it for lazy overpaid employees. Menial labor for Grafton government pays $90,000 a year. The median annual household income in Grafton is only $72,432. The village president James Brunnquell works zero hours in the village, obviously! He claims to be a Republican, but is as conservative as the Liberace, another famous Wisconsonite! 

      It seems that they initially intended to walk away with enormous gains with the internet shutting down from Y2K, which did not happen, and then attempted to shut it down with the controlled demolition of the World Trade Towers, 1996 being a practice run, which did not happen either, then in October of 2014, Obama issued a space weather warning that could destroy the internet, which I pointed out that the WWW is world wide, the internet is not in one place, it is stored in satellites, as well, and fiber optic cable is impervious to EMP attacks, then it was revealed they they planned on SOP 303 to shut communications down under martial rule and the FBI was orchestrated the 1/6 event working with Q Shahman as a manchurian candidate that they cultivated, as they typically do, in addition to Proud Boys, Ohio Militia founder and Publix heiress Wilkens who did in fact suspect that she was being played when asked to go to DC for 1/6 and did in fact inform militia members that she had sensed that it was a set up. QAnon, who I strongly believe is Christopher Wray who was a WANO attorney who would have energy clearance, and appointed FBI director right before QAnon appeared, but SOP 303 plans were revealed by Global Research who has also been fantastic with the scamdemic. Obviously, if the FBI had any interest at all in silencing, investigating, amd exposing QAnon, it is within their capability to find out precisely who QAnon is. Why has QAnon not been charged with incitement and insurection as Trump was charged?

      Andrea Iravani

      • Andrea.Iravani. says:

        The surveillance statw/ police state took the business model of the mafia, and nationalized it! With the heroin epidemic, Big Pharma promotion of oxycontin as a safe, non addictive drug for chronic pain, and heroin imported into America by the military from Afghanistan, and cocaine from Latin America, with the Epstein/Maxwell/FBI pedophile ring, with the police across America running for profit child porn websites, and with 9/11, the scamdemics, and the missing $21 trillion from the Pentagon, there is absolutely no way that it can be denied any longer by any sound minded indivdual. Denying it will only delay solving America’s #1 problem, corruption!

        Andrea Iravani

    2. Joyce says:

      The grid can not handle the amount of people on it, and yet Biden is inviting illegals into the US to make things worse. We as a nation are doomed.

    3. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      I think that the surveillance state is officially toast. It is filled with a bunch of sick, evil, losers, and sick evil losers stand no chance of winning. Only sick, evil, losers would be doing what they have been doing to me. What would drive people to such levels of desperation that they felt that their best option was to illegally invade my life, committing scores of class one felonies non-stop, round the clock against me for over 6 years? Even going to such extremes of performing illegal unconsented, brain surgery on me without my knowledge, and denying it, and using vault 7 technology on me, torturing snd terrorizing me with MEDUSA aka mob excess dertent using silent audio developed by Waveband corporation on me, hiring a Russian musician to write a song about me, illegally surveilling me round the clock, stalking me every where that I would go, but haven’t left my house for 3 years now because of the breakins, theft, vandalism, and moving things around, having the media that is also part of the surveillance state parrotting me, and alluding to spying on me in my home? All of these felonies have been committed against me, even though I do not have any classified information at all. In fact, the grocery store has more classified information than I have, with what will be on their sale list the next week? 

      I know the law, and I know my rights, and I know that what they are doing to me is totally illegal, and that they have no right to do these things to me!

      I found out that the mafia that I thought was terrorizing me, and out to get me since 1985, was the government, that was working hand in glove with the Milwaukee police, in sex trafficking, that I kept reporting to higher and higher authorities and politicians, all the way up to Ronald Reagan. Of course that led to me not eating or sleeping at all for an entire week, and also led to being sent to a pscych ward, that said that I was crazy, and delusional, since I was aware of all of that, and that I was being stalked and spied on, and whenever my Mother would leave, there would be stalking phone calls to the house, even though my Mother was not leaving at the same time everyday. Now it has been exposed to the world how corrupt the health care sector is, aka the medical mafia that apparently did that for the government upon request. There have also been murder attempts made against me, including getting hit by a bus that ran a red light and hit me as a pedestrian, followed shortly later by a woman who was parked at a stop sign, and when I drove up the street that had no stop signs, and was not speeding, she slammed on the gas and struck the gas tank of my car, which was totaled. It is a very long list of crimes that have been perpetrated against me. Obviously, they want me to believe that I must accept that they are spying on me and doing all of these things, including mal practice, false diagnosis, perjury, attempted murder, violence against women, theft, intellectual property theft, as well as other crimes, but luck is more on my side than on their because everything that they are doing is 100% illegal, 100% evil, 100% sadistic, 100% abusive, and 100% cowardly. 

      They are trying to get me to commit suicide, and thought that it was a sure thing, but I will not do it, because I refuse to permit them to succeed in their evil goal, because if I do commit suicide like they want me to do, it will encourage them to do it to other people. Also consider that they revived me from a clinical state of death with 3 doses of narcan, and electrical stimulation of my heart, which stopped beating, after I took a bottle of hydrocodone prescribed for an impinged shoulder, and a bottle of prescribed 5 milligram valium, and it was not the first suicide attempt and revival from death either, so they revived me from death, in order to prevent me from living my life, which is something that only the most evil monsters would even consider doing to someone. I was not allowed to die, when I chose to, and now I am not allowed to live. I am not a wealthy person either.

      The only thing that keeps me going is that this may be my lucky day, when they are arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned for life, or they die, and if today is not my lucky day, maybe tomorrow will be. Stranger things have happened! Like what they have done to me for example! 45 New Jersey government employees, three NJ mayors, and 5 rabbis,were busted in 2013 for running a black market organ sale and human trafficking ring, so, my lucky day could happen at any time, when they are busted, and Bayshore Mall that has the Apple Store is an abduction center, which I figured was why they hacked my phone in June of 2017, ( they also started torturing and terrorizing me with MEDUSA Aka  Mob Excess Deterent Using Slient Audio developed by Waveband corporation technology on me immediately after my phone was hacked ) hoping that I would go there. James Hurth was a psychiatrist and neurologist that abruptly resigned after my phone was hacked, and so did the CEO of WE Energies, Wisconsin energy company, amd my smart meter was hacked in February of 2016, and stray electricity flew out of my light socket and laser split two coffee cups in half. My counselor Dennis Anderson said that he would take me to the Apole store at Bayshore, but I became suspicious when he said that he was going to a going away party at the mall for Dr. Hurth, and asked me to walk from the Apple Store to Barnes and Nobles to wait for him, without a specific time that he would pick me up there, and it is an outdoor mall, and those two stores are in seperate buildings. James Brunnquell is the president of Grafton, where I have lived since 2000, and even though he works no hours at the village and does not have voice mail at the village, he keeps running for office, and has worked in the Grafton gov. since I moved here. Brunnquell is a full time supervisor for Froedert Hospital, the affilate hospital of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Hurth worked for Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee, which was previously owned by Florida governor Rick Scott, and is now listed as a foreign owned organization filed for in   Texas, but the name is Ascension Health  with undisclosed foreign owners registered in Texas. Nobody at any of the hospitals knows who owns it, not even the home office in St. Louis. My 70 year old Mother died in December of 2015, and my brother died in August of 2020. My father died in 1998. The medical mafia is murdering my family. The second leading export from Wisconsin to Canada is “medical samples.” They also stole my ovums when they I was unconscious from the overdose on March 27, 2014 at Columbia  St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital. People do not just suddenly stop menstruating from normal cycles. That is not the way that menopause occurs.  It does not immediately go from all to nothing, especially after the hospitalization! So, I hope that they bust the guilty psychopaths here the way that they did in New Jersey! Laurie Rathke from Ozaukee counselling center took me to Verizon when my phone was hacked, but would not take me to Bayshore, but when Verizon was demanding pass words to all accounts, which I refused to give them, and they kept asking over and over if I had one password for everything and after the third person asked, who was the manager that looked like a creepy CIA psycho, I yelled, No! how many times do I have to tell you?! And he screamed, that’s it! Get out! Rathke asked if she could take me to WalMart for a new phone in Port Washington, But I asked to go to Target down the street from me. She left and I walked home. She also said that the Verizon manager was trying to help me. I said no, he is trying to steal my identity. They do not need passwords to all accounts. There is no valid reason for asking. There is obviously a murdering government/ hospital organized crime ring in Wisconsin which my family and I have been victims of. For east coasters moving to the midwest, I wouldn’t recommend moving to Wisconsin. It is more corrupt than NY and NJ. They never bust corruption here, because they are all corrupt! It is even more corrupt than Illinois! At least they busted Blogoyvitch there! 

      Andrea Iravani 

      • Andrea.Iravani. says:

        Notice to the MEDUSA ( mob excess deterent using silent audio developed by Waveband corp.) users and hackers in the surveillance state:

        Get out of my life you sick, mentally incompetent wastes of electricity! I, my life, family, and property are none of your business, you sick, insignificant, irrelevant, worthless, fucking losers! You are not entitled to be in my life in any volume, vibe, or frequency! You just are not good enough to be a part of my life and you never will be! 

        The facts that you are using MEDUSA technology on me,  hacking my me, my comments, and preventing me from listening to the radio and podcasts by hacking is proof that your boss knows what worthless fucking retards you are that the world would definitely be better off without! Maybe it will be my lucky day that he finally turns you in and arrests, prosecutes, and imprisons you for being such a sick, evil, serial criminal psychopaths! 

        If it isn’t my lucky day today, maybe it will be tomorrow! Stranger things have happened, like you using vault7 and MEDUSA technology on me, and surveilling me round the clock, for examples! 

        Counter-intelligence by definition means stupid! Someone finally had to tell you point blank! You are not part of the intelligence community! You are not qualified, because you are retarded, obviously! 
        Intelligent people just would not ever even consider doing those types of things! 

        Andrea Iravani

    4. cranerigger says:

      Sorry in advance for using all the cliche’s. The length of my comment would rival AI if I did NOT use them. “Irrational exuberance” that has led to complete disregard for traditional & historic investment guidelines. “Modern Monetery Theory” that irrationally excuses the insane practice of adding (pseudo printing of dollars – really just increasing the digital record) currency with no corresponding increase in output. “The Normalcy Bias” that tells us everything (financial) will continue as recent history demonstrates (complete denial of long-term-history). And on & on. What could possibly go wrong?

      • Yes! I believe they purposefully took advantage of the storm that we were facing and secretly enjoyed our misery. They wanted our Governor to HAVE to publically ask for help rather than sell us the extra energy we needed before the storm.They hate Texas and desperately want to turn it blue…And with all the dumbass california residents moving here they have a real shot at turning large counties from solid red to blue.
        I was hoping as we thawed out that we would seriously look into the Texas grid and what we can do to improve upon it, but also the nations grid. But as always, nobody wants to spend money on the infrastructure as it’s not glamorous…AND if we are to become a third world nation, we cannot have affordable and reliable energy anymore. I do believe what we Texan’s endured for 10 days is what we will be facing as a nation in the future. I have always prepped for grid-down and I have to say I weathered the event much more comfortable than many. It also gave me some new idea’s moving forward in my preps.

    5. MAKEREADY says:


    6. Short and bitter, Chinese own 2 wind farms in Texas..Go figure it out... says:

      Short and bitter, Chinese own 2 wind farms in Texas..Go figure it out…

    7. Oops! says:

      “America’s infrastructure is aging and crumbling” I swear I thought he was referencing Creepy Joe. My mistake😂

    8. Andrea.Iravani says:

      Most Americans consider Kissinger a war criminal, and informed Americans know that Zbignew Brzenski has lost all credibility.  He was a cold war era Anti-Russian. He has said little if anything relevant since the collapse of the USSR. 

      Informed Americans would prefer a diplomatic relationship with their neighbors south of the border. It would be much more economically and environmentally sustainable to have a cooperative agreement with Venezuela, rather than the KXL advocates north of the border, that Biden thankfully banned. It may be the only thing tbat he ends up doing correctly. I hope not. I did not vote for him, Trump, or anyone else. Biden, Blinken, and Austin speak about wanting to go back to the JCPOA and START, but whether they are willing to give up their policy errors of force through sanctions, and falsely blaming Iran for the attack on the Irbil Iraq airport will probably determine whether they can do this successfully or not. Everyone is sick of the bullshit from the American government, including American citizens! The government does what they Globzi investors demand from them. They really do not give a damn about anyone else. Everyone is just a means to an end to them, and unkess someone is exceptionally wealthy, they are an irrelevant pain in the ass to the government, unless they are willing to sell out their own interest in order to elevate the corrupt government.

      Andrea Iravani

    9. Darth Skippy says:

      All of the parts and pieces of this infrastructure used to be produced, domestically, from local materials, at wages which could perpetuate the specie.

      Nowadays, your shoddy materials will start to return to nature within 5yrs. Exorbitant fines and victimless quality-of-life crimes are how globalists steal the land, out from under your feet.

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