A controversial Democrat from New York suggested regulatory action against an environmental theory could have prevented power outages across Texas.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Calif.) believes the Democratic Party’s resolution to fight climate change could have helped the Lone Star State avoid widespread blackouts.
The congresswoman claims if the Texas state Legislature had supported the Green New Deal, there wouldn’t have been energy network issues disrupting the electric supply to more than 3.4 million customers.
“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 accused the GOP-controlled Legislature of failing to support renewable energy projects and take tougher 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.”
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.
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott did not respond directly to the climate change debate and instead focused government resources on restoring power across the state.
“Update: about 1,600,000 homes have had power restored today,” he said on Twitter. “Current power generation is restoring an additional 200,000 homes every hour.”
Abbott admitted the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) had faults and promised to launch a full investigation into how the blackouts happened.
“[ERCOT] has been anything but reliable over the past 48 hours [and] far too many Texans are without power and heat for their homes as our state faces freezing temperatures and severe winter weather,” he said in a statement. “This is unacceptable. I have issued an executive order adding an emergency legislative item to review the preparations and decision by ERCOT, so we can determine what caused this problem and find long-term solutions.”
The governor thanked everyone in both chambers of the state legislature who made a positive contribution.
“I thank my partners in the House and Senate for acting quickly on this challenge, and I will work with them to enhance Texas’s electric grid and ensure that our state never experiences power outages like this again,” he said.
Texas was not the only state affected by blackouts. Louisiana and Mississippi also experienced outages after freezing winter temperatures swept across parts of the nation.