‘Texas: your government failed you” – Lawmakers, mayors sound off on power outages
By Cayla Harris February 16, 2021
Gov. Greg Abbott and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed outrage as the Texas power grid collapsed amid severe winter weather, leaving millions without electricity.
“A state that prides itself on energy production left millions of its citizens to freeze in the dark. It’s not just incompetent; it’s criminal,” State Rep. James Talarico, a Round Rock Democrat, said on Twitter.
“The Texas Legislature must hold hearings, demand answers, and ensure this never happens again. I’ve been without power and heat for 30 hours. I just got enough cell signal to send this tweet. This is not a natural disaster — it’s years of underinvestment, deregulation, and neglect. Texas: your government failed you.”
Abbott announced Tuesday morning that reforming the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the agency that operates the state’s power grid, will now be an emergency item this legislative session. The declaration allows lawmakers to pick up the issue almost immediately upon their return to Austin.
“The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has been anything but reliable over the past 48 hours,” Abbott said. “Far too many Texans are without power and heat for their homes as our state faces freezing temperatures and severe winter weather. This is unacceptable.”