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Next year’s primary elections start a year after a winter storm knocked out power across Texas — and the government response to that disaster could be on voters’ minds.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says the state is experiencing record June demand while a number of power generators are offline for repairs.
LONDON — Dozens of websites briefly went offline around the globe Tuesday, including CNN, The New York Times and Britain’s government home page, after an outage at the cloud service Fastly.
The state's grid operator included extreme weather scenarios in its early summer assessment and found that a combination of a severe drought, heat wave and low winds could lead to more power outages. Experts warn this summer could be hot and dry, enhanced by climate change.
In return, lawmakers would agree to create a revenue stream for Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway through an additional charge on Texans’ power bills.
I am furious. Texans have died, and millions of us were left freezing in the dark. Somebody in state government must take charge of this mess and regulate, regulate, regulate to make sure that these companies do their job.
It is time for all of us in the legislature to accept the responsibility for millions of Texans going without power. We must make these structural changes to protect our citizens and our economic development efforts.
This latest bout of winter will remain a challenge through the early part of the weekend, but we have seen that we are in good hands. Our sincerest gratitude has been earned by those who served throughout this storm.
Texas residents said the storm — and ensuing partial collapse of the state's power system — sapped what mental reserves they had left after eleven months of a global health crisis that has cost thousands of jobs and claimed more than 40,000 lives in the state.