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Texas winter storms: Repeated climate disasters do not have to be our destiny

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I was deeply saddened to see our family, friends and fellow citizens suffering in Texas and its neighboring states. They shivered for days, burned furniture and slept in their cars to stay warm, and desperately scrounged for food and drinking water. Yet another moment when we had to ask ourselves, “Is this America?”  

There was plenty of blame to go around  — Texas’ independent energy grid, the lack of surplus natural gas on hand, the failure to weather-proof the entire system (renewable and carbon based) for the blast of frigid air from the Arctic known as a polar vortex. The cascading emergencies caused by the hard freeze in the deep south were each predictable, but only if one knew the extent of the cold air and bad weather that was about to “mess” with Texas. 



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