All Texans, and many Americans, remember February 2021, and not fondly. That was when Texas experienced “the worst energy infrastructure failure” in the state’s history. “More than 4.5 million homes and businesses were left without power” for days on end and “[a]t least 246 people were killed directly or indirectly,” due to the Texas power grid failure.
So imagine living in Texas now and hearing that rolling blackouts are possible due to record heat and unprecedented energy demands.
“Texas, unlike the rest of the 49 states, operates on its own power grid, making it impossible to generate more power than what the existing companies in the state can provide. While other states can borrow power from each other, Texas has essentially secede (sic) from the power grid in the rest of the country,” reports The Raw Story.
Texans are understandably angry and many are targeting their anger at Governor Greg Abbott. Beto O’Rourke is trying to capitalize on that anger:
“I think the longer the finger-pointing goes on, the less likely we are to having meaningful solutions that are implemented,” said Bruce Bullock, Director of Southern Methodist University’s Maguire Energy Institute to Spectrum News 1. “Right now, we have somewhat of a circular firing squad going on, with various parties blaming various other parties, which does very little to solve the problem.”
It’s been a year and a half since hundreds of people died due to the power grid failure in Texas. Seemingly, little has been done to fix the issue. Should Texas join the National Grid?