Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said passing the Green New Deal would have helped to prevent the devastating power outages in Texas that have left millions struggling to find warmth in their homes amid a brutal winter storm and record-shattering cold temperatures.
“The infrastructure failures in Texas are quite literally what happens when you *don’t* pursue a Green New Deal,” Ocasio-Cortez, D-N. Y., tweeted on Tuesday night.
More than 3.4 million customers remained without power on Wednesday in Texas, according to PowerOutage.us, which tracks utility outage reports. There were also widespread outages in Louisiana and Mississippi, and rolling blackouts across a broad swath of the Midwest.
State leaders, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, have criticized the operations of the state’s power grid. Abbott on Tuesday called for an investigation into the group that manages the power grid in order to prevent more such outages.
“The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) 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.”
The governor said he wants to “get a full picture of what caused this problem and find long-term solutions.”
During a Tuesday press conference, ERCOT, which operates the state’s power grid, said that failures in natural gas, coal and nuclear energy systems were responsible for about double the number of outages caused by frozen wind turbines.
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The infrastructure failures in Texas are quite literally what happens when you *don’t* pursue a Green New Deal.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 17, 2021