Responses to Texas

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Texas experienced an unexpected snow storm, with controversy over response.

Anna Berges, Staff Writer

The recent weather conditions in Texas have been completely unexpected, and the effects that came with it were brutal. Snow, icy roads, and power outages were only the beginning. More than three million people lost power just last week, but as of Feb. 21, there are still more than 30,000 who still have lost power. This sparked emergency declarations, as temperatures began to go below zero degrees.

Without electricity, Texans have to either bundle up for the night or sleep in their cars, which was also an option some were taking. Warming centers were opened and welfare checks were created in hopes for some type of relief. Shelves in the grocery stores were emptied and this led to food supply problems. The cold temperatures led to bursting pipes, and almost half the state’s population was left without a source of water.

During these hard times, many believe there is not enough help. “The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas has been anything but reliable over the past 48 hours. Far too many Texans are without power and heat for their homes…,” Texas Governor Greg Abott states. As electricity was starting to become available, the bills were skyrocketing. Texans who did not have a fixed electric plan experienced their payments increasing up to thousands of dollars. Should this have happened? Despite this being abnormal in Texas, the state government should have been more prepared for this crisis.

“Texans who suffered through days of freezing cold without power should not be subjected to skyrocketing energy bills…” Abbott stated. This was a huge relief for citizens who could not afford to pay the spiking bills, as weather conditions were not improving.

President Joe Biden also approved a Texas disaster declaration to help citizens. This made federal funding available, and ensures all eligible Texans have access to needed relief. “This is great news for the people of Dallas after a horrible week. The damage caused by this storm is extensive, and the disaster declaration will help our city recover,” Dallas Mayor Eric Johnsons stated.

Scott Kurtz, World history, U.S. History, and Psychology teacher stated, “So what we see now is a state like Texas that decided to cut costs through deregulations in their energy system because more than likely they would not experience a deep freeze and a major snow storm. Due to these decisions, Texas was not prepared to deal with this weather crisis.” This proves another point, that even though it is not practical for Texas to be going through this, they should always be prepared for the worst.

Kurtz continued to state, “It would seem to me that the leadership in Texas has made some poor decisions in the past, and the current leaders did not seem to respond to the problems in a way that made Texans feel safe and secure.”

The response from the government is very controversial, as some believe it was not enough, or far too late. The effects can still be seen as the state is now on its way to a slow recovery.  Hopefully in the future, the government and state will be prepared for the absolute worst.