MIDDAY POSTER: Texas' Winter Blackouts Tied To Fossil Fuel Glitches And Deregulation

Also: Cuomo’s nursing home liability shield comes under attack after COVID death toll revelations.
MIDDAY POSTER: Texas' Winter Blackouts Tied To Fossil Fuel Glitches And Deregulation
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This report was written by Walker Bragman.

Republicans have been pushing back against renewable energy, arguing that it is unreliable. But that’s not the main reason a severe winter storm in Texas has left millions without power. The blackouts are mainly brought on by a shortage of natural gas due to a drop in pressure and frozen instruments at fossil fuel and nuclear facilities. The fact that Texas deregulated its power grid in the 1990s could also be part of the problem.

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