A massive cold front enveloped much of the United States this week, hitting the Lone Star State particularly hard.
According to reports, nearly 4 million homes were left without electricity across Texas as of the beginning of the week as authorities continued struggling to provide relief and President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency. In a statement on Saturday, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott warned Texans to expect continued dangers in the days ahead.
“As we continue to respond”
“Every part of the state will face freezing conditions over the coming days, and I urge all Texans to remain vigilant against the extremely harsh weather that is coming,” he wrote.
Abbott went on to urge residents to “take conscious steps to conserve energy,” as well as to remain off the roads if possible and generally avoid dangerous situations.
“Our emergency response to this winter weather requires a collective approach between state agencies, local officials, and Texans throughout our communities to ensure the safety and security of the Lone Star State,” he wrote.
The governor went on to express gratitude for an emergency declaration from the Biden administration.
“I thank President Biden for quickly issuing a Federal Emergency Declaration for Texas as we continue to respond to severe winter weather conditions throughout the state,” Abbott wrote.
“No solution to any of this”
His statement concluded by explaining that the “disaster declaration provides Texas with additional resources and assistance that will help our communities respond to this winter weather.”
Bill Magness, CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas put out a statement of his own on Monday, advising Texans to reduce energy consumption.
For his part, Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson mentioned the ERCOT during a monologue on his program during which he blamed the crisis on “green” energy, complaining that the “ironically named Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which oversees the grid, had no solution to any of this.”
Carlson went on to note that Texas is responsible for a massive share of global natural gas production, hinting at the perceived irony of the state’s current energy crisis.
“There are huge natural gas deposits all over the state,” he said. “Running out of energy in Texas is like starving to death at the grocery store: You can only do it on purpose, and Texas did.”