Skip to comments.Why Was Cowboys Stadium Exempt From Blackouts?(Immoral to blackout hospitals but not football)
Posted on 02/03/2011 8:14:16 AM PST by bestintxas
As brief power outages rolled across the state on Wednesday, certain places were intended to be exempt from a temporary loss of electricity. That included hospitals, nursing homes, fire stations, police stations, other emergency response facilities and Cowboys Stadium?
When officials with Oncor said that the Arlington site of Sundays Super Bowl XLV would not be a part of the rolling outages, many residents became furious. But this was not entirely a choice made by the local utility company.
With thousands of reporters huddled in North Texas hotels and thousands of rabid football fans attending the NFL Experience at the Dallas Convention Center, and two football teams preparing to do battle on the field of Cowboys Stadium this Sunday, the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee had a big request to make. It is vitally important we dont have blackouts, said committee vice president Tony Fay.
Fay asked the City of Dallas, the City of Fort Worth and the City of Arlington to ensure that rolling blackouts did not prevent planned events from happening at Super Bowl venues. That news really steamed up some homeowners who were left without power for hours. Were not prioritizing, said frustrated Plano resident Allen Hooser. Hospitals and the grocery store, which is out. But for a PR stunt, where you can go throw a football, you have power and heat.
Not because of any preferential treatment. Not because were trying to protect VIPs or celebrities, Fay explained. It is a public safety issue. According to Fay, if there was to be a blackout at an NFL venue, then there would be no way to screen for security.
(Excerpt) Read more at dfw.cbslocal.com ...
Yep. Its a discussion going on right now, they paved roads to and from all super bowl activities but forgot to help the people in the cities. School has been closed for 3 days. Its insane. Dollar to donuts school will be closed tomorrow as well.
Where is there evidence of the hospitals being affected?
The story says they are exempt.
Why the heck doesn’t Texas have enough power to meet its needs? Is this some third world country? It gets cold every year. They should plan for this. I’d be embarrassed if I were a Texan.
These worthless welfare queens, who had the taxpayers pay for their stadium, should be at the bottom of the list of entities to get power.
Not if you think football is more important than life itself.
I thought you Texans took your football seriously?
because we even have politically correct douchetards in Austin that bought into the global warming scam and are shutting down oil, coal and natural gas plants for windmill farms of Pickens.
f'ing a#@holes. we need to repeal all the damage done by the legislation passed because of this scam.
They were supposed to be exempt.
Politics. We opted for Wind turbines in West Texas, that do not move due to high wind!!!
I think I’ll pass on the Super Bowl this year. It’s gotten to the heights of ridiculous when an entertainment event is more important than hospitals. Tells us a lot about our society.
...but hey...maybe we all should run out and buy electric cars.
Is my logic flawed?
I can believe that any hospital in this country does not have emergency power generators to keep everything running during outages. Where did you hear of people suffering in hospitals for lack of power?
And, if America wouldn’t have built its last nuclear power plant more than 30-years ago (very much UNLIKE France), this wouldn’t be a problem. We would have PLENTY of electricity, powered by a near-inexhaustible supply of fuel.
It’s not. Hospitals are exempt. Read the article.
It’s ridiculous to think that the NFL would ever think twice about returning to a city/state that can’t even provide the basics to the visitors who spend lots of money to attend the Super Bowl festivities.
Austin, btw has been for the most part immune from the power outages. It always hits San Antonio worst of all.
The pols aren’t stupid.
I really can’t understand why Texas is so prone to power outages. All they have to do is construct more power plants.
Hospitals are exempt from the rolling blackouts.
That being said, all hospitals have backup emergency power.
I can guarantee that hospitals get first dibs on nat gas and electric power.
The fall of the Roman Empire began when all the people cared about were bread and circuses....
Do I detect a parallet?
The link in post 8 relates that hospitals were in fact blacked out, providing detail not available in the article that started this thread.
They WERE SUPPOSED to be exempt. SUPPOSEDLY ONCOR “made a mistake.”
From Death Race 2000
The staff of Mercy Hospital prepares invalid patients for the arrival of the Pittsburg Steelers Team Bus.
Texas has had a huge influx of new people over the past several years. They come across the border and they come from other states that, well, suck. This has rapidly increased demand and there have not been any new power plants built recently. We need to start building new plants. Nuke plants I hope.
Besides the demand I heard some of the power facilities go in to shutdown or maintaneance this time of year. So some of the capacity is offline. One amusing thing is that we are pulling some power from Mexico right now. LOL!
Fortunately, Texas is on its own grid and we can at least control the issue through brownouts. Even still, the situation is unacceptable.
As for myself all my properties have Generac natural gas units that come online if the power goes out. Unfortunately, as far as Internet & TV Comcast goes down but T-1 and DSL lines function during power outages as does my wi-fi hot spot. So, while my neighbors were in the dark and getting cold I was warm and toasty watching netflix on my iPad yesterday:)
You're right though. This is absurd for the great state of Texas. We need more power plants. Maybe some powered by burning Mexicans*. We have a lot of those.
* Just joking, kinda...
Your title appears to be incorrect. There are a list of places that are exempt to the blackouts. Hospitals are included in the list. If you have anyone to blame about this it should be the voters in Texas. Your elected officials have created a power grid that is an Ecoweenies dream. That is where your anger should be directed.
At least the Super Bowl will boost the heck out of the economy there for sure. I’m sure local businesses and workers are happy for this event.
Put Jerry’s face on the guy with the pulled plug.
Where was ESPN’s Jim Rome broadcasting from for his afternoon show in Dallas yesterday? His guest was Cowboy’s Jay Ratliff and both of them were seeing their breath as they spoke, so it was evident there was no heat in the room they were in. Rome had on woolen mittens to hold the mic.
As for the heat staying on in Jerry’s World, you betcha. That is considered essential during Super Bowl week.
LOL! Are you kidding? Do you know how many tens of thousands of ticketholders and VIPs are still sitting at home due to cancelled flights? No one is driving to any of the early parties and events this week. No one can get out.
They are losing money big time, with every passing minute.
But there is another, unavoidable reason that Cowboys Stadium will not experience a blackout. That venue sits on multiple power grids. If one goes out, another flips on seamlessly, without any interruption to power. So, although one grid might see a blackout, the rolling outage process ensures that the stadium is always receiving power from another grid.
No hospitals suffered under the rolling blackouts. Save your hand-wringing immorality passion play for the DU; here we embrace the truth.
Unfortunately, I don't think the local businesses will be seeing half of the potential dollars they could be seeing due to the ongoing weather conditions.
“Don’t hospitals AND (most) modern football stadium have back-up generators? It seems like this should have been a non-issue, with the appropriate pre-planning and advance notification.”
Idiot TV reporter did multiple broadcasts from parking lot at corner of intersection where power was out including the traffic lights. He was pointing out the inconvenience to travelers unable to get coffee/warm food at the McDonalds.
Meanwhile, a block away is one of the largest hospitals in the DFW area. The moron didn’t mention it once. Nothing about power, dangers to ambulances trying to drive on icy roads without traffic lights working etc.
The priorities here are mixed up to say the least. Jerry Jones must be laughing his @ss off that the local fools screwed the taxpayer once again to subsidize his stadium.
“Why the heck doesnt Texas have enough power to meet its needs?”
We do. In the summer heat, we can supply peak use without much trouble. However, this was caused by 50 power plants in the northern half of the state going down because they were not properly winterized. That means shoddy work from contractors who should know that once a decade north Texas gets these blizzards when the mercury plunges below zero. Gov. Perry better get his act together and investigate why pipes at power plants are not required to have adequate insulation to stay operational in a cold emergency.
“Its not. Hospitals are exempt. Read the article.”
Thank you for a useful answer. Contractors generally do what they are contracted to do. If the specs on whatever “winterization” they were asked to do are inadequate, then it is not the fault of the contractors.
It will be interesting to see what was specified.
“Your title appears to be incorrect. There are a list of places that are exempt to the blackouts. Hospitals are included in the list. “
“Austin, btw has been for the most part immune from the power outages.”
Not this time. Austin started blackouts with 45 min. off power and 25 min. on power yesterday morning and will continue it today when needed. It caused 65 accidents at 4:00 PM, when workers finally gave up getting anything done with such limited power and were trying to head home with no traffic lights.
“No hospitals suffered under the rolling blackouts. Save your hand-wringing immorality passion play for the DU; here we embrace the truth.”
read the last sentence here. http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/02/02/blackouts-anger-dallas-hospitals/
Do you realize the importance of computers and medical equipment in the health profession, particularly at a hospital?
“Why Was Cowboys Stadium Exempt From Blackouts”
Well folks... It’s called.. “The Golden Rule”.
Those who have the gold make the rules.
Do you realize the importance of positng the correct link at the top of the thread?
there is more than one link. I cannot post them all as per rules here.
BTW, answering a Q with a Q generally means you have no argument.
Sorry, I’m a football fan and I don’t see how keeping the power on for football is “vitally important” when compared to hospitals and other public health and safety offices.
It’s all a matter of perspective on what is viewed as “vitally important”, but IMO, the people of the Arlington, D-FW areas should have top priority over the visitors.
Sure you can. Post as many as you need to make your point.
I find it interesting that the utilities cannot keep up with the demand during the cold but have little or no difficulty keeping up with the demand in the summer when all the A/C is running. Just saying.
If TX is like the utilities in CO the monopoly of gov’t regulated utilities may be the issue.
The rolling blackouts are bad but the low gas pressure in residential lines is stunning!!
DFW is sitting atop a huge natural gas reserve called the Barnett Shale. It’s almost too funny. Some of the customers
that were affected like in Colleyville and Grapevine might be the folks who got gas contracts for their neighborhoods!!
Ha! The irony.
My wife works at Methodist Hospital in Richardson, which is a suburb directly north of Dallas. They have 4 blackouts yesterday and she said that each time all of their equipment (she works in a lab) had to be reset and tests had to be restarted.
You missed the some people are more equal than others clause, just ask queen Nancy. “You’ve got to be kidding me!”
I can't speak to hospitals, but most commercial buildings have a back up generator. These generators only supply specific loads, however. In an office building this would include emergency lighting, some elevator service and emergency equipment like fire alarms, fire pumps and emergency fans.
Putting in generators that could supply all the power to everything would be extremely expensive. Huge generators, huge transfer switches, lots of big expensive wiring. Also, if you use the generators for anything but power outages, like during price spikes, you then fall under all the regulations of a utility. You need emmissions controls, more inspections, licenses, etc.
It's a government thing.