The Tragedy in Texas
Thanks for anything you can do,
Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team
Human-made climate change causes imbalances in major systems—ocean currents, land and air masses, and yes, the polar vortex—exacerbating extreme weather events such as the prolonged frigid temperatures and violent winter storms currently ravaging the U.S. from coast to coast.
In Texas, Republican officials are spreading wild tales as they try to escape responsibility for statewide suffering from dilapidated and overwhelmed power utility infrastructure. To avoid regulation, Texas disconnected from the national power grid. Now, Texans have to choose between staying warm with unsafe heating methods or seeking shelter at the risk of being exposed to COVID-19. As usual, communities of color, undocumented immigrants, the elderly, and the homeless are most at risk.
The developing tragedy in Texas is not a freak accident. There were 22 separate $1 billion+ weather-related disaster events in the U.S. during the past year. Every dollar invested in infrastructure upgrades can save $6 in repair and recovery costs.
PDA supports policies, including the Green New Deal, that address the human-made climate crisis while building resiliency into affected communities. Publicly owned utilities serve people, not shareholders. We continue to resist the privatization of utilities and the power grid, and call for major sustainable upgrades of our power grid as part of an overall infrastructure plan.