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The Green New Deal Is the Cure, Not the Cause, for What’s Happening in Texas

WASHINGTON - Texas is experiencing record cold temperatures and the failure of its fossil-fueled electric power grid. Millions of Texans have been without power or the ability to heat their homes for multiple days. Conservative politicians who have taken millions of dollars from fossil fuel interests throughout their careers [1] — including Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted “Cancun” Cruz — were quick to blame wind turbines and Green New Deal policies that the state hasn’t even implemented yet. The reality is that frozen instruments at gas, coal, and nuclear plants are largely to blame.  

In response, Greenpeace USA Climate Campaigner Ashley Thomson said:

“Many people across the country are realizing for the first time that fossil fuels are not only polluting, they are unstable. Millions of Texans are being let down by coal, oil, and gas right now. Our greatest concern is for the communities facing record cold temperatures, power outages, and uncertainty. Climate denial is not a victimless crime, and lives are already being lost because of Texas politicians’ refusal to acknowledge and prepare for the realities of the climate crisis. We owe it to everyone impacted to help them recover and rebuild, and to do everything we can to fight for a more resilient and truly sustainable energy system.

“In Texas and around the country, we deserve a world beyond fossil fuels. Only a Green New Deal-style investment in our shared future can get us there. It’s time to fundamentally fix the grid so it can deal with the present and increasing impacts of the climate crisis. It’s time to make investments nationwide in clean energy jobs, climate jobs, and climate solutions — putting millions of people to work while we build the renewable energy infrastructure of the future. It’s time to THRIVE.


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