Critics criticize Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (right) for his handling of a winter storm that hit the state this week, cutting off power and heating to millions of people for more than three days and counting during an unprecedented cold snap. .
In a statement released Tuesday, Abbott blamed the Texas Electrical Reliability Council for not being properly prepared for the storm and promised overhaul.
“The Texas Electrical Reliability Council has been anything but reliable for the last 48 hours,” Abbott said. “Too many Texans do not have electricity or heat for their homes as our state faces freezing temperatures and severe winter weather. This is unacceptable.”
But it was Abbott’s comments during an interview with Fox News earlier this week that drew the ire of the governor’s harshest critics.
“This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America,” Abbott said while appearing on Sean HannitySean Patrick Hannity Trump’s mother as the Senate debates her role in inciting the Capitol mob, Laura Ingraham criticizes Trump’s impeachment lawyer: ‘It was terrible’ Trump’s lawyer says he will ‘do better’ after criticism from the Republican Party MOREprogram of. “It just shows that fossil fuel is necessary for the state of Texas, as well as other states, to make sure we can heat our homes in the winter and cool our homes in the summer.”
“So many Texans are in desperate condition with no heat, water, and little relief,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tweets from Texas lawmakers mocking California power outages resurface amid winter storm Memo: Biden steps out of Trump’s shadow Governor of Puerto Rico: Congress is ‘morally bound’ to act on the statehood vote MORE (DN.Y.), the most vocal advocate for the Green New Deal in Congress, responded on Twitter. “Governor Abbott needs to get off the television pointing fingers and start helping people. After that, he needs to read a book on his own state’s power supply. I’ll be putting together help emails from TX if he needs help.” .
Other critics offered similar thoughts on Abbott’s stance on energy infrastructure during the state crisis.
Many Texans are in desperate condition with no heat, water, and little relief.
Governor Abbott needs to stop pointing at the television and start helping people.
After that, you need to read a book on the power supply of your own state. I’ll be preparing TX help emails if you need help.
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 17, 2021
Sorry, but this is completely psychotic. There’s an emergency in Texas * right now * and it’s diving into the Green New Deal with complete lies about the source of the problem. https://t.co/PNzzr6juAR
– Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 17, 2021
State leaders can’t say they didn’t see it coming. Energy experts and House Democrats, among others, warned about this for years. Abbott chose to ignore the facts, science, and tough decisions, and now Texans will once again pay the price. 4/4
– Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeWillie Nelson Says There’s Always A New Politician To Hate Poll: Biden Gets Higher Approval Rating In Texas Than Governor Abbott’s Progressive Group Poll Finds Trump Underwater In Texas After Riots MORE (@BetoORourke) February 17, 2021
– Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) February 17, 2021
Texas needs a new governor in 2022. #AbbottFailedTexas
– Adrienne Bell (@AdrBell) February 16, 2021
Former Texas Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke said Tuesday night that the Lone Star state was on the brink of a “failed state” under Abbott’s leadership, and criticized the Republican for focusing too much on cultural issues.
“The energy capital of North America cannot provide enough energy to heat and power people’s homes,” O’Rourke said. “We are approaching a failed state in Texas. And it has nothing to do with God or natural disasters. It has everything to do with those in positions of public trust who have failed us.”
With millions of people still without power and struggling to get vulnerable residents to heating centers or find running water, Texas utility Austin Energy said Wednesday that some customers can expect to be without power for up to a week.