Texas's power disaster is a warning sign for the US

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America's power grid is not ready.
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In February, extreme cold and an unusual winter storm left millions of Texans in the dark. Many went without power or water, in subzero temperatures, for nearly five days. It was a disaster; dozens died. But even though that storm hit much of the country, the power outages were mostly limited to Texas. That’s because Texas is on its own electrical grid, separate from the rest of the country, which means it can’t easily get power from other states in an emergency.
But Texas's grid itself is not what failed. Power went out across Texas in the first place because energy sources across the state were unprepared for severe weather. And that didn’t have to happen; Texas had been warned about this exact scenario, and had actually experienced versions of it twice in the last 30 years. But they didn’t prepare.
Now the rest of the US faces the same issue. Climate change is making severe weather disasters more and more frequent. And the American energy system is not ready for it.
Read more about what happened in Texas and about the US electrical grid: www.vox.com/22289517/texas-storm-uri-weather-power-outage-snow
And check out more coverage of the Texas power crisis from the Texas Tribune: www.texastribune.org/2021/02/22/texas-power-grid-extreme-weather/
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Vox
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One proposal for fixing the US grid: weave the divided power systems into a single national power grid. One study suggests it could save consumers as much as $47.2 billion a year through increased efficiency and cheaper renewable energy. Read more on Vox: bit.ly/30duu7d
Oliver Burton
Oliver Burton 10 दिन पहले
When you say it "saves" consumers, all the corporations see are losses, do you really think shareholders are going to agree to a $47.2 billion annual loss? Yeah exactly
Anton Kovalenko
Anton Kovalenko 18 दिन पहले
@Tom Servo I believe that by national grid they meant high-voltage high-current interstate grid, not what's within cities and goes up to the house, this is how it works in Europe, most of it including parts of Africa are on a single grid
John Peltz
John Peltz 22 दिन पहले
Larger grids are more susceptible to emp threats
R Flo
R Flo महीने पहले
Yeah and in California they shut off your power in the summer on purpose.
RockDinosaur
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@Soaring Wings Second Stage The storm and failures to plan were an attempt to prevent an illegal and traitorous secession effort? Sure, makes sense - Texas is great.
Jaylene
Jaylene दिन पहले
People that build that are dead already
Moon man
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owned
Helminth Combos
Helminth Combos 2 दिन पहले
An inch of snow shocked the Texans and made them stay inside. Yet here in Washington cars are covered usually in a foot or more of snow and we still have a work day.
Estebahn Quantum
Estebahn Quantum 2 दिन पहले
The same Texas power grid failure is what shut down the gas line to New York . colonialism power .
JESUS FERNANDEZ
JESUS FERNANDEZ 2 दिन पहले
i was there i had tp mov to my moms sisters home they had power for FREE!
Chadwick Worthingham
Chadwick Worthingham 2 दिन पहले
The government doesn't pay for s**t, taxpayers do.
shorty
shorty 3 दिन पहले
9/10 in texas you can wear shorts in december 😂
Mark NC
Mark NC 3 दिन पहले
The last guy in line at 6:25 looks like he is wearing a propeller hat.
Let's see how it goes
Let's see how it goes 4 दिन पहले
I only wish I could have the ability to make everything a problem like the authors of this video can
Bernhard Welzel
Bernhard Welzel 4 दिन पहले
Climate Change is a hoax and free market economy is the best system to run a society. Go Texas, go! (Seriously, keep moving or you will freeze to death next time)
Davey Cook
Davey Cook 4 दिन पहले
Keep your faith always in christ keep your guns always.
digitalrailroader
digitalrailroader 5 दिन पहले
1:27 "Private Energy Companies" *The Government run Tennessee Valley Authority would like a Word with you about Publicly owned Municipal power*
John P.
John P. 6 दिन पहले
5:22, Was this graph adjusted for inflation?
Robin Nelson
Robin Nelson 7 दिन पहले
Come to canada, -15 aint that cold compared to our -30/-40 Weather in western canada 😆
YooToob Moderator
YooToob Moderator 7 दिन पहले
Interesting, nothing will be done..but still interesting..
valacarno
valacarno 8 दिन पहले
"Climate chAngE is A mYth!" Oh, poor souls...
Eat_ Donuts
Eat_ Donuts 8 दिन पहले
Norwegians chiling on the -20s be like: 👀
Jens Schröder
Jens Schröder 9 दिन पहले
A great nation with internet, computers, cell phones and Tesla. But a cold turns everything off. Why not use solar cells on the roof?
thejaeger
thejaeger 9 दिन पहले
Spongebob and Patrick were right
Prettypossum26 Prettypossum26
Prettypossum26 Prettypossum26 9 दिन पहले
I have solar panels running my house
BraininajarSociety😹
BraininajarSociety😹 9 दिन पहले
DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS Mother Nature: Texas: Surprised Pikachu Face
Fissionist
Fissionist 9 दिन पहले
*speaking to Texans* So you just had a power crisis? “Yes.” And the electricity and water pipes failed because of cold weather, yes? “Yes.” And you have a decentralized system that can’t import electricity? “Yes.” And your power grid is run entirely by companies, yes? “Yes.” And you want to take money from the federal government for this crisis, yes? “Yes.” And you want the companies that run the power grid to insulate everything? “Yes.” *speaking to power companies* You were told that something like this would happen by regulators, right? “Yes.” “And you’ll replace the pipes since you didn’t insulate them? “No, I’m a business, why would I waste money and profits?”
D33J4Y
D33J4Y 10 दिन पहले
texas really just said lone star = lone state
Genesis Sam
Genesis Sam 11 दिन पहले
Lol these people wouldn’t last a day in India lol
Funtime Florian
Funtime Florian 12 दिन पहले
Me living in Germany: A yes interesting
Frankie Mendoza
Frankie Mendoza 13 दिन पहले
So what's the warning?. I wanted some snow so I can build a snowman... i didn't get none WA. We can listen to mom and take our jackets when we go out side .
Marco Villela
Marco Villela 13 दिन पहले
Me a Coloradoan: Tis but a scratch
Theory Guy
Theory Guy 13 दिन पहले
Jesus. 4 degrees. We regularly experience that in canada. And you guys whole state shut down 😂😂😂
thejaeger
thejaeger 9 दिन पहले
No one cares
Goran Urlić
Goran Urlić 13 दिन पहले
They didnt know what to do because they are always full of everything,power,wifi,fuel,cars...but as soon a winter storm comes they start dying like mices...uncapable to take care of themselfs..and always heating their homes so their weakass bodies are not used to cold weather.
Thunderbird_102
Thunderbird_102 6 दिन पहले
That's insulting, how would handle incredible humid air and 100 degree summers?
Aviation 360
Aviation 360 14 दिन पहले
Our Texas Grid is Not built for the cold, we are built for the heat, February is when most of our Natural Gas generators are out of service for maintenance, still dosen’t give Ercot a excuse regardless our grid is built for the Heat as the summer is when our grid is used the most, up north their maintenance months are during the summer and our maintenance months are during the winter. Despite that the system itself definitely needs to be revamped to be able to sustain itself if a issue like this happens again.
Snifey 76
Snifey 76 14 दिन पहले
When Texas is hot You get the polar backed some tex out
supersonicwings
supersonicwings 14 दिन पहले
Mr Freeze: What killed the dinosaurs? The Ice Age!
FlamingBunBun
FlamingBunBun 14 दिन पहले
Any conspiracy theorists who talked about emp’s over Kansas are shaking their screens right now 😅
Daisy Q
Daisy Q 14 दिन पहले
Texas's rejection of regulation cost me almost $1,000 in broken water pipes. 😠 Texas has a $20 BILLION 'Rainy Day Fund', yet helped Noone with the broken pipe damage bills. Grrr. 😠
NotNickgamer
NotNickgamer 16 दिन पहले
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maddame...
maddame... 17 दिन पहले
So is Global warning true or what is going on?
maddame...
maddame... 17 दिन पहले
So the climate change is for cold or for hot? I’m confuse
Alex Siemers
Alex Siemers 9 दिन पहले
Heat in the tropics destabilized the jet stream, making cold air from the north flow further south than usual. That’s the simple version anyway
Beastable Crush
Beastable Crush 17 दिन पहले
If you look closely you can see Houston got hit the worst because the power and Ice and with my luck god blessed me and I had power the whole time
Michael Doan
Michael Doan 17 दिन पहले
if the government control your electricity, meaning they can cut it out and not provide it for you meaning when you riot against a dictator government, they will cut your needs like electricity and water and it happened in every dictator nations where rioters try to take over the government but failed cause all the government all have to do to shut down the rioters and activists is cut all the needs like electricity and water
Alex Siemers
Alex Siemers 9 दिन पहले
Business can do that too, you know
Anton Kovalenko
Anton Kovalenko 18 दिन पहले
"Extreme cold temperatures" - "8F/-16C" - you have to be kidding me, it's barely considered cold. If these winterization recommendations were voluntary, surely the consequences of a failure for not following them and failing were dire for these companies, right?
Road Toad
Road Toad 18 दिन पहले
It's always been the political mindset of "updating or maintaining infrastructure doesn't get votes."
Iyoow Abukar
Iyoow Abukar 19 दिन पहले
I live in Portland, Oregon and we got a storm as well. We only had a couple hours of power outage.
Sour Lemon
Sour Lemon 3 दिन पहले
@Audrey Friga Yeah like we are nice and giving😂
Audrey Friga
Audrey Friga 4 दिन पहले
@Sour Lemon other states could benefit from our technology a lot if we shared it
Sour Lemon
Sour Lemon 13 दिन पहले
@Audrey Friga wait so other countries benefit from our technology?🤔
Audrey Friga
Audrey Friga 17 दिन पहले
Countries that are up North and get snow every winter are more prepared to handle winter storms because of the technology we have.
spookyycris
spookyycris 20 दिन पहले
Coming from someone caught in the Winter storms in Texas absolutely amazing video. Wouldn’t wish that time on anyone. Change is a necessity.
lazer_234
lazer_234 20 दिन पहले
Texas got nothing of the snow stop over exaggerating
Chi Chu
Chi Chu 20 दिन पहले
So Texas state going alone as having their own power grid station and all those greedy power utilities corporations can do what ever they wanted.That shouldn’t ever going to have to happened any more.Have to make sure all of the state governments and countries governments nearby countries must linked into one major power generation grids and keeping it ups to the newest technologies advancements to have powers to that country or states all times.If have troubles one state or country another country or state can help them out with utilities powers.
luis duron
luis duron 22 दिन पहले
it your turn
warhero99
warhero99 22 दिन पहले
The Night King is Coming!
Eric H
Eric H 22 दिन पहले
Except that the rest of the US has rules and laws with backup generation and weatherizing. Now is it ready, probably not, but it is far better equipped than Texas.
Joseph P
Joseph P 24 दिन पहले
Texas will be blue by the end of the decade, it’s gonna be interesting to see how much the state changes from current Republican policies
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Earl Dominguez
Earl Dominguez 26 दिन पहले
WE DIN HAV NO PAWOR FOR 6 DAYS
Belal Fayad
Belal Fayad 26 दिन पहले
I find it funny that they were saying dangerously low temperatures and it was only -16 Celsius here in alberts it was -50 Celsius lol
DarthDragon007
DarthDragon007 26 दिन पहले
The gov shouldn't allow safety and preparation precautions to be volentary because it should be extremely obvious companies will not inforce them if they have to spend money to do so because making money is more important to them then the people's safety. It should always be mandatory and strictly enforced.
JP Moore
JP Moore 26 दिन पहले
No mention of where all the money goes? It’s corruption at the highest level! But apparently not enough to dive into?
Blywokeum
Blywokeum 26 दिन पहले
MIC
Jackson Flowers
Jackson Flowers 27 दिन पहले
Texas: freaks out over 2 inches of snow. Wisconsin: ah, we got 10 inches, big deal
Audrey Friga
Audrey Friga 17 दिन पहले
Same here in NY, states that get snow every winter are more prepared to deal with snow than states like Texas.
John Naylor
John Naylor 28 दिन पहले
The US grid certainly needs attention .... but the situation in Texas was and is driven by greed and politics. The management of ERCOT is as corrupt and dishonest as Ted Cruz and his bunch. They were directly responsible for the problems during the freeze and the 2nd power crisis this week.
Some Toad
Some Toad 29 दिन पहले
I remember that time My family lost electricity for 2 days Some people didn’t even receive water
Hatuletoh
Hatuletoh 29 दिन पहले
Wait, this can't be right. As everyone knows, private industry ALWAYS does everything better than the government, and they do it best of all when the government doesn't impede them with wasteful "regulations" and "standards." Thus sayeth St. Ronald of Reagan, the patron saint of deregulation, anti-communism, voodoo economics, deficit spending, imaginary space lasers, and American mornings. So clearly the reason Texas had no power and some people froze to death wasn't because private industry failed, it must have been due to some sort of governmental interference. Maybe the Texas legislators should have made those voluntary industry preparedness standards, um...more voluntary? In any case, the situation is just more evidence that profit-driven organizations are the best purveyors of basic services and the fundamental resources needed to survive, and if their customers aren't satisfied, they can fire their electric company and take their business elsewhere (if they actually have the option to change utility providers, and if they don't freeze to death during the blackouts, of course). Beer, steers, and blackouts!
Edgewater Channel
Edgewater Channel 29 दिन पहले
The Movie '2012' happened in Texas.
kusinerna fryklund
kusinerna fryklund 29 दिन पहले
America isn't as great anymore. In the 50 and the 70 we built so much things that made us superior. Now these things are getting old.
21 Manpreet Singh
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In short Communism can sometimes be good
Jaymir Bergrok
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merica be like:OH NO anyway
Sterling Archer
Sterling Archer महीने पहले
This video doesn't mention the power companies that monopolize the electricity in certain counties.
Lightning Razz Gaming
Lightning Razz Gaming महीने पहले
I am watching this video with my tablet right now and I charged my tablet yesterday.
LETICIA BRISENO
LETICIA BRISENO महीने पहले
I life in Texas
BINARYGOD
BINARYGOD महीने पहले
Send this to every right and centrist person who thinks Bidens infrastructure bill is too much or just right - it isn't even close to being enough.
Midas 1
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I was in Texas during the winter storm I nearly lost power for 5 days it was like bad so I went to my aunt home because she had power so yea it was bad for me winter storm
Spectacular Spaghetti
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As a Scandinavian, it blows my mind how a state in the US cant handle cold weathers, as this country is so powerful and stuff. Even the best can make big mistakes.
Peepee Train
Peepee Train 9 दिन पहले
why waste money on things that rarely happens?. Texas is unlikely to get a big freeze in the near future, so for companies, it seems like a waste of money to prepare for these 1 in a thousand events, but they are y'know, prepared for other things like extreme heat and maybe some tropical storms as well. It blows my mind how ill-prepared Scandinavia was back. in the 2019 heatwave and the 2020 one.
TW Ray
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Depends on where you are. Where I am in Illinois, we can. Here in central Illinois, we can get down to 0 F, which would be -17 C. We don't like it, but we can deal with it relatively easily. But in Texas where the worse outages were, they don't get below freezing at all nine years out of 10. It isn't routine for them. And without federal regulations to force them, the private companies had nothing to push them to prep for something that might happen in 10 years.
pomelofromchina
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Schlüsselindustrien enteignen!
aiden caldwell
aiden caldwell महीने पहले
Good thing we had the better idea because we had food and water
Coldfusionstorm Gaming
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Texans was killed by Texans because they wanted to save money for their power grid and enrich the already rich. Don't whitewash it. You had 50 years of warnings. again and again now people died. if you're reading this congratulations you were either lucky or rich enough to avoid dying.
john piers
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But when you think about it Texas maybe the safest state in terms of energy. It may suffer occasionally like this but if something was to hit those huge power grids in the east and west, it possible all major cities would be affected except in Texas.
Nick L
Nick L महीने पहले
Business needs to stop putting profit over life. Never forget how valuable YOU are. If you do something right from the start there wouldn’t be problems.
Pyro
Pyro महीने पहले
In the map they show in the beginning, New York and New Jersey are merged
Adam Place
Adam Place महीने पहले
The experiment in privatization has failed.
Pebbs800
Pebbs800 महीने पहले
interesting how vox decided to not include that texas submitted a request to the EPA to increase power output for this storm before the fact but it was denied by the federal government
koen Armstrong
koen Armstrong महीने पहले
Wow it looks like the climate is changing🧐 It’s not gonna matter when half the world is under water and everybody has to find a new place to live or worse. Hopefully not
Hab N
Hab N महीने पहले
there has been a literal power outage in California and I am scared.
DarkChocolate33
DarkChocolate33 महीने पहले
Am I the only one that noticed that Vox spelled the video wrong? Feel like it should be Texas' instead of Texas's.
Jeremiah Muñoz
Jeremiah Muñoz महीने पहले
Texas: *Im so not used to this i think i need more Help, we arent used to Winter* Russia, Canada, and Nordic countries: *AMATUERS*
The Acuser
The Acuser महीने पहले
i feel like the planned parenthood building is atracting catastrophes upon texas, dont see a bright future to the land.
Its Legit Ryan
Its Legit Ryan महीने पहले
And yall want electric cars💀
Crystal Glaza
Crystal Glaza महीने पहले
Let's start our own country and have no problems at all 🙂
G L
G L महीने पहले
But how are we going to pay for it if we need the money to bomb Syria.
legenden kjær YT
legenden kjær YT महीने पहले
Texas: makes it impossible for the federal government to help Them Also Texas when the federal government doesnt help Them: suprised Pikachu face
DCBJ2011
DCBJ2011 महीने पहले
I’m from Dallas and this winter storm was 100x worse than covid ever was here
Eko Hermiyanto
Eko Hermiyanto महीने पहले
The Mighty Morphin Texas Ranger should do something about it
Glendon Caballero
Glendon Caballero महीने पहले
As someone who lives in the Caribbean, it's so interesting that you guys called 5 C warm 😂
Jan Six
Jan Six महीने पहले
Preparing for unpredictable and infrequent events? What do you wanna be Germans now!
A_
A_ महीने पहले
The U.S Government is not obligated to save you. Become a Prepper Today!
Mix Crowd TV
Mix Crowd TV महीने पहले
can you make a documentary about whats being done to fix this or is nothing being done?
The Dwight Mamba
The Dwight Mamba महीने पहले
The rest of the United States maintained our grids, updating them as needed. They say not to mess with Texas. Turns out it's because they are about as tough as tissue paper down there.
Mark Alcarez
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😂
traingp7
traingp7 महीने पहले
A once in a 30 year event happens and you blame the power grid for something that doesn't happen almost ever. The grid is built for peak summer time output not winter time and it 's not supposed to be winterized.
Alex Martinez
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This was very interesting. The winter storm that affected Texas has affected the automotive industry as well. Since the factories can't run as normal, parts necessary to assemble vehicles can't be delivered. As a result the other companies have to reduce their production &/or workforce. It is basically a ripple effect.
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