Texas can't PR its way out of climate change

Greg Abbott's 'see no evil' strategy for climate change isn't working

Greg Abbott.
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Just under a year ago, Texas was hit with an unusual cold snap that knocked out power for millions of the state's residents. Natural gas supply lines and numerous power plants froze up, and a galloping collapse of the entire power grid was only narrowly avoided with massive rolling blackouts. Hours of power loss led to 246 deaths as Texans froze in their homes or asphyxiated trying to stay warm with gas stoves.

This week, Texas has been hit with another cold snap — not as bad as the one from last year, but enough to give its power system a stress test. Result: Gas supply infrastructure froze, leading to a sharp drop in production, power losses, and venting of dangerous pollutants. Texas clearly isn't ready for another deep freeze.

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