Texas has been hammered by the worst winter storm the state has seen in many years, and suffered the state’s worst electricity blackout in at least a decade as a result. Over four million people were without power early Tuesday morning, and many were scrambling simply to avoid freezing in bitterly cold temperatures.
For a state that is built to withstand hot summers, and whose leaders had frequently boasted about its abundant energy supplies, the outages came as a shock. But this blackout shows the need for a more resilient, cooperative power grid. Climate disasters like this one will only get worse as global temperatures rise, and unless enormous upgrades are made, this won’t be the last time millions of people lose power when they need it most.