A controversial Democrat from New York blamed the Republican Party’s lack of motivation in taking an environmental theory seriously for causing power outages across Texas.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) believes if Gov. Greg Abbott took tougher action to fight climate change, the Lone Star State would have avoided suffering widespread blackouts.
“Gov. Abbott thought Texas could run an electrical grid that ignored the climate crisis,” Schumer said on Twitter. “It was not resilient.”
Schumer also criticized federal authorities for not forcing the governor to crack down on fossil fuels, mining, and other carbon emissions-intensive activities.
“The federal investigation by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and North American Electric Reliability Corporation must look into how Gov. Abbott’s policies in Texas have failed and exacerbated the winter storm crisis,” he said.
However, the Democrat appeared to overlook that utility providers can only use solar, wind, and hydro sources to supplement existing fossil fuel power plants. Renewable energy sources are still not technologically advanced enough to completely replace conventional fossil fuels.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) previously claimed Texas could have avoided blackouts if the state Legislature had supported the Democrat Party’s resolution to fight climate change.
“The infrastructure failures in Texas are quite literally what happens when you *don’t* pursue a Green New Deal,” she said on Twitter.
Ocasio-Cortez also accused the GOP-controlled Legislature of failing to support renewable energy projects and take decisive action on climate change.
“Weak on sweeping next-gen public infrastructure investments, little focus on equity, so communities are left behind, climate deniers in leadership, so they do not long prep for disaster,” she said. “We need to help people *now.* Long-term, we must realize these are the consequences of inaction.”
A combination of political pressure and mainstream media scrutiny was too much for Texas’s Electric Reliability Council (ERCOT) to bear. The council’s chairman, vice-chairman, and board members have all tendered their resignations.
Abbott hopes the incoming senior management team will be more resilient.
“When Texans were in desperate need of electricity, ERCOT failed to do its job, and Texans were left shivering in their homes without power,” he said in a statement. “The lack of preparedness and transparency at ERCOT is unacceptable, and I welcome these resignations.”
Abbott promised to determine precisely how the energy network failed to supply more than 4 million households across the state.
“The State of Texas will continue to investigate ERCOT and uncover the full picture of what went wrong, and we will ensure that the disastrous events of last week are never repeated,” he said.