Residents of the US state of Texas are outraged that the US energy capital infrastructure could not withstand the unusual frosts for the southern regions of the country.
Freezing and snowy weather covered some regions of the United States; the victims of the cold were at least 58 people. Snowstorms and other weather events have caused massive power and water outages in Texas, as well as food queues, rising gasoline prices, and many other inconveniences for millions of residents of the state. According to the portal Poweroutage.com, currently, about 13.4 thousand consumers in Texas remain without electricity.
Lawmakers in both Austin and Washington almost immediately disagreed about the reasons for what happened: Democrats blamed Texas ‘ fossil fuel infrastructure, while Republicans said it was the lack of equipment needed to use alternative energy sources.
Houston resident Sheila Price, a homemaker and mother of four, is just one of the millions of Texans frustrated by the lack of response from state officials. Price said she was outraged by the power outages, given that she lives in the country’s so-called “energy corridor.”
“How can this happen in the energy center of the country? It isn’t pleasant. It’s so crazy to realize that I live in the energy capital,” Price said.
According to the interlocutor, “no one is trying to take responsibility” for the troubles that have befallen the state. Price believes Texas Governor Greg Abbott and other Republican officials are in denial about climate change, resisting infrastructure improvements and investment. In this regard, the woman expressed the hope that the authorities will be forced to change course for the benefit of the state’s population.
“I can’t tell you how sad I am,” Price complained, admitting that the state residents expected “setup” from the Russians or the Chinese, but not from the Americans themselves.
A resident of the largest Texas city of Houston, Derrill Holly, in turn, told that he remained without electricity for at least 61 hours. According to his estimates, the lights went out when the temperature dropped to more than minus 6 degrees. Also, the Internet and cellular communication were disconnected.
“The basic services that you normally have access to were not available,” Holley said.
He noted that some people tried to warm themselves in the cars. “Staying in the car is very risky – people can fall asleep and not wake up,” the man shared his fears.
He also said that some people used sleeping bags in their homes. According to Holly, there are no decent hotel rooms within 100-200 miles of Houston.
Sheila Price also said that not only sleeping bags came to the rescue, but also a grill. “People were using the grill inside the houses, trying to keep warm. Many people have burst pipes… My neighbor’s pipe burst, another neighbor’s house burned down, and all you hear is sirens, which are not often heard here,” Price said.