Just Three Years Ago This Third World Governor Was Bragging His State’s Economy Was Larger Than Russia’s
But in Russia they don't go to the pre-electric age because it got cold
Gov. Greg Abbott boasted about Texas’ economy by comparing it to Russia and joked it made him “more powerful” than Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“In Texas, we don’t compare our economy to other states,” Abbott said to a cheering audience. “We compare our economy to other countries!”
Texas, with its annual GDP of $1.7 trillion, is ranked the 10th-largest economy in the world.
“By comparison, the Texas economy is larger than Canada, it’s larger than Australia,” Abbott said. “And get this. The Texas economy is even larger than the economy of Russia. That makes me more powerful than Putin!”
The information is true if you hold to the quixotic notion that when you sign up for a $60 internet subscription in Texas you are contributing three times as much to the economy as you would if you subscribed to the exact same internet speed in Russia for the ruble equivalent of $20.
There are other differences.
For example, in Russia people don’t start freezing in their homes because frozen water fell from the sky. They have this thing called electricity to keep themselves warm. It was discovered over a hundred years ago. Apparently, Texans are also somewhat familiar with it (less so these days), but not to the extent that they would know how to make it work when it gets cold (aka when you need it).
In the most run-down, and coldest places in Russia that can only laugh at Texas’ sorry excuse for a “cold front” the stuff still works.
Hey, it happens. Sometimes you get caught by surprise. But a little less bragging and a little more winterizing of the power grid wouldn’t have hurt. If you’re going to brag about how much more developed you are –> then better make sure you don’t make yourself look like the Third World less than 1000 days after.
An estimated 2.8 million households across Texas remain without power as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to ERCOT, the company that oversees the state’s electric grid. It marks some improvement over the 3.7 million outages reported the day before.
For the record, Texas has just 20% of Russia’s population but pumps 50% as much oil. All that energy and still can’t keep the lights, or heat, on.
Who’s the Nigeria-with-snow now? I won’t even say “gas station masquerading as a state” because the gas stations I know don’t freeze up.
This is how cold it is at my Apartment.
As a Texan, yes, I'm certainly not built for this. I don't even care. pic.twitter.com/FMt8imglJp
— 𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐀𝐒 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 ☩ (@ThomasBlackGG) February 16, 2021