Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Climate anomaly is costly for Texas / Article / LSM.lv


The state of Texas in the United States is beginning to recognize the damage caused by the cold climate cataclysm. The cold has saved the lives of at least 70 people in a warm state, but many people are threatened with the cost of repairing damage and huge electricity bills, Time reports. At the same time, the state has become the epicenter of sharp political disputes throughout the state.

IN SHORT:

  • In Texas, severe damage was caused by anomalous frosts down to -18 degrees,
  • Broken water pipes still cause a lack of drinking water.
  • There are still major difficulties with electricity, but some are facing bankruptcy due to huge bills.
  • Texas has an independent energy network – other states could not come to the rescue in the crisis.
  • This has led to heated political debate and the search for culprits.

As the thermometer in Texas rises above plus 10 degrees, residents are beginning to realize the effects of even the -18 degree low sparrow, which caused huge problems in this US state.

Ruptured water pipes continue to cause a shortage of drinking water and cracks in walls and ceilings that have not been able to withstand the cold unusual in a warm southern state, CNN reports. Household goods have also disappeared from store shelves, from which food disappeared before the snowstorm.

“It simply came to our notice then. So I can work today. Almost no one currently has the materials and everyone needs them. That’s a big problem, “plumber Juan told local media.

There are still major difficulties with electricity – without it, there are still more than 50,000 households, while other households have received huge electricity bills – up to $ 16,000 when trying to heat large homes with electricity.

The situation was complicated by the fact that Texas has an independent energy network, so other states could not help in the crisis.

This has led to heated political debate and the search for culprits. The state has been ruled by Republicans for years, while the largest and fast-growing cities have been ruled by Democratic politicians.

“There is a need for an independent investigation into why such an incident took place, why there was no proper preparation. What will officials do to make aid transparent and evenly distributed? And reforms in state energy legislation will be needed. Texas people don’t want to go through something like this again, and they want responsibility, “said Congressman Silvia Garcia.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who took his daughter to rest in Mexico during the winter storm instead of going to her native state to help resolve the crisis, came under special criticism.

Meanwhile, a number of Republicans have blamed the severity of the crisis on Democrats’ alternative energy policies in state cities, which provide a fifth of their electricity needs, citing frozen wind turbines and other problems.

Texas also receives special political attention, given that next year the governor will hold elections.

In them, Democrats hope to defeat the current Republican governor, but political strategists point out that in each election cycle, Texas is increasingly approaching a possible change of power in favor of Democrats, which further increases political tensions.

CONTEXT:

Snowstorms with atypically low temperatures continue to cause discomfort to millions of Americans in several states, especially in the south. The worst situation is in Texas. It is the only state in the continental United States to have its own independent power grid, so when the cold weather hit, the state was cut off from the rest of the country. At the beginning of the week, the state energy network was taken over by a huge demand for heat, as the temperature dropped to a 30-year low of -18 degrees Celsius.

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