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

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Vox

Month ago

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
Vox Month ago
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
R Flo
R Flo 3 days ago
Yeah and in California they shut off your power in the summer on purpose.
RockDinosaur
RockDinosaur 16 days ago
@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.
Sam Dittfach
Sam Dittfach 16 days ago
I live 2 miles from a nuclear power plant south of Fort Worth so I had power
tixximmi1
tixximmi1 22 days ago
This wouldn't work. Need to de-centralize. 100 grids would be better. Solar and wind failed.
Spade
Spade 25 days ago
Good plan but we should note that a good load of politicians focus on their allies needs, so it’s extremely unlikely this’ll occur unfortunatly
LETICIA BRISENO
LETICIA BRISENO Day ago
I life in Texas
BINARYGOD
BINARYGOD Day ago
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.
WolfMaster 1
WolfMaster 1 2 days ago
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
Spectacular Spaghetti 2 days ago
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.
Darryl Davis
Darryl Davis 3 days ago
If Donald Trump was president the Power wouldn't have been limited by the green deal.
Darryl Davis
Darryl Davis 3 days ago
the government commission shut it down due to the new green deal that biden signed as an executive order his first day. Texas can produce enough energy for the Entire World easily but the government shut it down.
Darryl Davis
Darryl Davis 2 days ago
@pierocks45 you're probably a devil worshiper
Darryl Davis
Darryl Davis 2 days ago
@pierocks45 Yes, Do you have a brain? You're the government, How do you fix it so that there will never be a power outage again? go. You won't answer cause you know that it's political and all the grids are under Federal Regulation.
pierocks45
pierocks45 2 days ago
do you have a brain?
pomelofromchina
pomelofromchina 4 days ago
Schlüsselindustrien enteignen!
aiden caldwell
aiden caldwell 5 days ago
Good thing we had the better idea because we had food and water
Coldfusionstorm Gaming
Coldfusionstorm Gaming 5 days ago
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
john piers 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
In the map they show in the beginning, New York and New Jersey are merged
Adam Place
Adam Place 7 days ago
The experiment in privatization has failed.
Pebbs800
Pebbs800 8 days ago
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 9 days ago
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 9 days ago
there has been a literal power outage in California and I am scared.
DarkChocolate33
DarkChocolate33 10 days ago
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 10 days ago
Texas: *Im so not used to this i think i need more Help, we arent used to Winter* Russia, Canada, and Nordic countries: *AMATUERS*
Nick L
Nick L 10 days ago
The evil people left there most helpful state astray. They do not gaf about us.
Devilsfoolsgoingbbq
Devilsfoolsgoingbbq 11 days ago
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 11 days ago
And yall want electric cars💀
Crystal Glaza
Crystal Glaza 11 days ago
Let's start our own country and have no problems at all 🙂
G L
G L 11 days ago
But how are we going to pay for it if we need the money to bomb Syria.
legenden kjær YT
legenden kjær YT 11 days ago
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 11 days ago
I’m from Dallas and this winter storm was 100x worse than covid ever was here
Eko Hermiyanto
Eko Hermiyanto 12 days ago
The Mighty Morphin Texas Ranger should do something about it
Glendon Caballero
Glendon Caballero 12 days ago
As someone who lives in the Caribbean, it's so interesting that you guys called 5 C warm 😂
Jan Six
Jan Six 12 days ago
Preparing for unpredictable and infrequent events? What do you wanna be Germans now!
A_
A_ 13 days ago
The U.S Government is not obligated to save you. Become a Prepper Today!
Mix Crowd TV
Mix Crowd TV 13 days ago
can you make a documentary about whats being done to fix this or is nothing being done?
The Dwight Mamba
The Dwight Mamba 13 days ago
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
Mark Alcarez 10 days ago
😂
traingp7
traingp7 13 days ago
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
Alex Martinez 13 days ago
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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Mr Moss 13 days ago
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A B
A B 14 days ago
The lone wolf dies and only the pack survives.
Pacific Blue
Pacific Blue 14 days ago
So where the government is going to get this money to rebuild our power grid and infrastructure? Our debt now exceeds GDP. This shows how inept the government is in meeting the needs of the people. When the grid is eventually rebuilt, expect a lot of excess, inefficiencies, politicing, and corruption.
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Donnie Baker 14 days ago
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Master King Lee
Master King Lee 14 days ago
When you wanna be in your own world, and suddenly your world is hit with a disaster - it’s your own problem son!
Cant think Of anything
Cant think Of anything 11 days ago
so why do we accept refugees? its not our problem like how you said. California tried to secede but they have tons of wildfires monthly. According to you its not our problem.
MuffinTessee
MuffinTessee 15 days ago
Republicans: dur dur dur it really cold for 7 days in texas so climate change a hoax, also it wind mill fault cause mill blow up when get cold
AntiSocial
AntiSocial 15 days ago
They are not used to the cold
eioshen boboi
eioshen boboi 15 days ago
The managers of the electric companies have all kinds of emergency equipment installed with their huge salaries. For them.. Not for you, suckers..
eioshen boboi
eioshen boboi 15 days ago
As a Canadian, when I first saw Texas I was like "Oh! How pretty!"
Kermit The Frog
Kermit The Frog 15 days ago
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White Elephant Productions
White Elephant Productions 16 days ago
I didn't have power for three days, it was so shocking (but not surprising) to learn how much of Texas is behind just to make money for already wealthy people. I lost all my plants, my beloved dog... It was so depressing. I'm from a place where summers hit triple digits normally, I know
Ace Faletti
Ace Faletti 16 days ago
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lenny koss
lenny koss 16 days ago
❤❤
Joel Arriaga
Joel Arriaga 16 days ago
Texas should just be it’s own country at this point 😒
Razian Amira
Razian Amira 16 days ago
_“Corona doesn't break the system; Corona exposed a broken system.”_ likewise... _“The snowstorm doesn't break the system; the snowstorm exposed a broken system.”_
Orange Boi
Orange Boi 8 days ago
What does likewise mean? I know i can ask google but her answers are different
Miller Riddell
Miller Riddell 16 days ago
Every time Biden picks up a pen he destroys more of the U.S haha. You get what you vote for
Andrew Kriz
Andrew Kriz 16 days ago
I lost power because I am in Texas
Tyler Peters
Tyler Peters 16 days ago
Ha we Canadians run better in the cold
Jason Victoriano
Jason Victoriano 16 days ago
To tell me why I don’t live in Texas but still lost power
Daquan McDonald
Daquan McDonald 16 days ago
If the us was smart they would start finding ways to keep up after this big lose
Steven Klinkhamer
Steven Klinkhamer 16 days ago
Excellent. But is anybody listening?
Victor Bui
Victor Bui 16 days ago
PRO TIP for future blizzards and freezes: Before the cold hits, shut off your home's water system. Map out your house's water pipelines and make sure you leave at least one or two water faucets trickling. When the freeze rolls over, slowly open your water main and pay attention to your walls and ceilings where the water pipes run. If you notice any leaks or dark spots appearing on your walls, shot off your water and fix it.
David Stearns
David Stearns 8 days ago
Good tips and always prudent steps but folks seem to be waiting for someone else to take those precautions.
urgdaddy
urgdaddy 17 days ago
God Bless Generac, Largest distributor is in Houston.
Relias Brothers
Relias Brothers 17 days ago
Texas well most of Texas is pretty dum no cap no cap
Happycrusher
Happycrusher 17 days ago
Even the electrical supply in the US is Just old and a Joke. In Germany a normal Winter night is - 10 °c ( dont know what that in Fahrenheit is, noone uses that exept the US ) and Not one country in Europe has These Problems. The US hat enough time to prepare . But they need to Pay there Money for some new Fighter plane
speedyfireball
speedyfireball 17 days ago
As a Canadian, when I first saw Texas I was like "Oh! How pretty!"
Alexander Williams
Alexander Williams 17 days ago
i wanna go hoooooooooome i wanna go hoome! -sandy cheeks
fox gamming
fox gamming 17 days ago
i live in texas and i lost power for a day! and i wont lie it was not fun at all, as soon as the heater in my house had stopped working it got cold with in a few hours it was way below freezing in my town!, my grandmothers pipes busted thankfully it wasn't bad me and my dad got it repaired fast, after that power had come back on and would go out again, and it would do that for 2 days before we deemed it safe to restore our computers!. I will say that it can get cold out here in texas at the normal for my area, it can get down to 32f!, and in the past its got down to 20f before and our grid stayed online, but this last freeze we had was different it hit so fast and hard the grid just couldn't take it!, sorry for the long comment i wanted to share my story of the lone star black out!
Blake the Tank
Blake the Tank 17 days ago
Shoutout to Nissan of McKinney lol
Mia Khalifa
Mia Khalifa 17 days ago
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archtroll
archtroll 17 days ago
texas.. home of Enron and the great 2021 power failure. The energy state!
YinzerJr79
YinzerJr79 17 days ago
Vox, is that graph at 5:30 taking inflation into account? Like is that all in current USD?
Bence H
Bence H 17 days ago
In America, as long as something isn't worth it for large companies, it won't happen.
ANIMATION WEB 3
ANIMATION WEB 3 17 days ago
Shouldn't have voted for Conservatives 😂 Bonk!
MsMeditatingPanda
MsMeditatingPanda 17 days ago
I'm a Texan. Was here in 1989 don't remember anyone we knew losing power like this. After surviving this I just want to know what's going to be done about it. Some died, some barely made it. Some are elderly or sick. Some of us can't afford another storm like this. They want to raise the electricity bills on people already stretched. Some of these people can't afford a decent generator. By the grace of God did my family only lose electricity. If we had lost water or had a pipe burst ....I don't even want to know. If you made it without both much love and respect to you. I pray I never forget this but I want to do something about it.
Darryl Davis
Darryl Davis 3 days ago
the government shut it down due to the new green deal that biden signed as an executive order his first day. Texas can produce enough energy for the Entire World easily but the government shut it down. If Trump was President that volatile weather wouldn't have happened first of all but if it had, the power wouldn't have shut off.
Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin 18 days ago
I live in Texas and why electricity went out 3:21 am Me watching this me ohhhhh
PriusRaj
PriusRaj 18 days ago
Lost power during that. Worst winter of my life, and I grew up in Iowa.
wig smey
wig smey 18 days ago
So we work together, whether we like it or not 😂
Alex Tsahalis
Alex Tsahalis 18 days ago
Way to go, Texas!! Yeehaw!!
J G
J G 18 days ago
Now, why did they go it alone? Greed.
J G
J G 18 days ago
Still not too late to make it “last months”!
KendrixTermina
KendrixTermina 18 days ago
regulation is good actually
EdricLysharae
EdricLysharae 18 days ago
Sure you want to stand alone, Lone Star State?
王思聪是我哥
王思聪是我哥 18 days ago
One of my friend died because of this
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alenworkar345 misse456 18 days ago
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Akshay S. Kumar
Akshay S. Kumar 19 days ago
Texas is God’s own country
Akshay S. Kumar
Akshay S. Kumar 18 days ago
@s H nah Israel is Jews country
s H
s H 18 days ago
Interresting. I thought its Israel
Tardar Sauce
Tardar Sauce 19 days ago
Federal regulations are just part of Big Gov's plan to take away our freedom and money, amirite?? Surely it has nothing to do with common sense and basic logic, right???
s H
s H 18 days ago
Well the states with regulations, didnt had any problems
Pawit Ninnabodee
Pawit Ninnabodee 19 days ago
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Agustina Chappell
Agustina Chappell 19 days ago
Anything goes now a days.
Captain CJ 97
Captain CJ 97 19 days ago
This country really needs a revamp on a whole lot of things. Also and somehow they want us to go full electric I don't get it
Zombie King
Zombie King 16 days ago
Solar Panels and giant battery’s. Tesla already has them.
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu 19 days ago
FYI usually between January and February it's always the coldest months of the year....
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu 19 days ago
she will bake and freeze vast majoirity of both human and animal populations into extinction until a new balance is formed. I see a new ice age coming and mass famine. We
MrHardkohr
MrHardkohr 19 days ago
Stop spending on the military and use that money on our infrastructure
allen liu
allen liu 19 days ago
this is a texas issue
tim kahn
tim kahn 19 days ago
yeah warning folks not to vote g o p .
Jacob Dennis
Jacob Dennis 20 days ago
Spongebob was right.
jim carson
jim carson 20 days ago
Ca. last August was also moments away from an area-by-area brown-out, they had to buy electricity from Az to keep from browning out, so much for water for the raging wildfires. Ca. is removing power plants every year, not just shutting them off but removing them.
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Patricia Patricia 20 days ago
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The Writer Alex
The Writer Alex 20 days ago
They say Texas decided to stay independent and free from regulations as if it’s a bad thing.
The Writer Alex
The Writer Alex 20 days ago
“Just join the national power grid! You’re not allowed to be sovereign in any way! This way China can cut the ENTIRE countries power!”
Dylan Thompson
Dylan Thompson 20 days ago
At least it's not as bad as California.
dcoog anml
dcoog anml 20 days ago
5:00 Uh oh Texas, looks like the GOVERMENT gonna need do some ENFORCEMENT.
Mitha Parhi
Mitha Parhi 20 days ago
They have no electricity😯😯
Gábor Ócsai
Gábor Ócsai 20 days ago
So even where the more regulated regions regulation do not achieve its goals we say need more regulations.... Why no companies develops their system? Are their leaders evil, or maybe just not worth spend much of money to an installation which could be shut down by any populist politican? Or if you cant put on the price of your customers? Yes, Texas show the vulnaribilty of the system: you need as big grid as you can, and yes, companies dont do developments if they feel theirselves too secure (they are the only providers) or they are too unsecure (regulators can anytime shut down) or just the regulators “forget” to pay the cost of their regulations.
dcoog anml
dcoog anml 20 days ago
our power grid is going to fail in the next 20 years... it’s arguably a bigger and more immediate threat to our country’s survival than climate change is right now
Birdie G
Birdie G 21 day ago
There have been so many advertising for Texas the past couple years. Now, here are some facts and reality.
CatiaProjects TV
CatiaProjects TV 21 day ago
this is why tesla thinks about energy storage and local grid
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JT THE PATRIOT GAMER MUSIC GUN BASEBALL FAN 1 7 7 6 21 day ago
I WISH EVERY STATE HAD A INDEPENDENT GRID. Freedom above all. Even comfort.
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