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Texas utility directors resign


People pick up firewood in south Abilene, Texas, last week. Associated Press/Photo by Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News (file)

Texas utility directors resign

Gov. Greg Abbott largely blames the board leaders of Texas’ power grid operator for catastrophic utility failures during last week’s winter storm. Historic snowfall and single-digit temperatures left millions throughout the Deep South without power and water for days. More than 80 people died, roughly half of them in Texas.

What do the board members have to say for themselves? The five directors who resigned all live outside of Texas. Four of them acknowledged “concerns about out-of-state board leadership” in a letter to grid members and the state’s Public Utility Commission, which oversees the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). During the crisis, ERCOT officials removed contact information for board members from its website, saying they had become the target of threats. Abbott accepted their resignations, calling ERCOT’s lack of preparedness and transparency unacceptable.

Dig deeper: Listen to the stories of WORLD staffers from Texas who weathered the storm.


Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas.

@lmlangdon

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My Two Cents

I would like to point out that "global warming" is not a term they use anymore. It went out quite awhile ago due to freak snowstorms, unseasonably and extended cold weather. They refer generally to "climate change." That is a cop out, but the only safe explanation they can use for any sort of bad weather. I learned this the hard way, when I called it global warming and was corrected by an environmentalist, who also accused me of being anti science. 

CaptTee

If you believe in man-made global warming, why should you prepare for colder than normal weather?

Therefore, I would not trust anyone who believes in man-made global warming in any position of authority over anything that could affect the lives of others. They simply do not have the ability to make competent decisions.