Greater than 14 million Texans remained with out secure ingesting water and 20,200 nonetheless had no energy Sunday night, because the state continued to battle the devastating fallout from final week’s historic storm.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner ripped state officers over the catastrophe, saying Texas’ energy disaster was “foreseeable and preventable.”
“The fact is local weather change is actual. It’s actual, and these main storms can occur at any time,’’ he stated on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“The system must be weatherized. It’s good to keep ample reserve. And we have to open up our Texas grid as a result of proper now we have now a closed grid.
“Let me simply say this, all of what occurred this previous week was foreseeable and preventable,” Turner seethed.
Texas is the one state within the continental United States to run its personal stand-alone electrical energy grid and has not been pressured to weatherize it as a result of it’s not topic to federal oversight.
Turner stated he pushed for a invoice in 2011 that might require the corporate that manages the state’s energy grid, the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas, to “be certain that there was an ample reserve to forestall blackouts,” however lawmakers in Austin refused to hear.
Including insult to damage, Texans who didn’t lose energy had been hit with sky-high electrical payments within the wake of the storm as they tried to remain heat, Turner stated.
“For these exorbitant prices — it’s not the customers who ought to assume that prices. They don’t seem to be at fault for what occurred this week,” he stated.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) additionally slammed the Lone Star State for getting caught off guard by the snowstorm.
“The underside line is, Texas thought it might go it alone and constructed a system that ignored local weather change,” Schumer stated throughout a Decrease East Aspect press convention in Manhattan.
“It was not what’s referred to as resilient, and now Texas is paying the value,” Schumer stated. “I hope they discovered a lesson.”
The storm, which swept throughout a big swath of the US final week, introduced record-low temperatures and unprecedented icing that knocked out energy to tens of millions of individuals in Texas and crippled elements of the state’s water system.
It additionally killed greater than 70 folks nationwide, lots of them in Texas.