Texas lawmakers met over the weekend to discuss potential paths toward addressing the growing energy crisis facing hundreds of thousands of Texans, saying they expect to continue deploying resources to those affected by the storm.
“We are making great progress in our recovery efforts from this winter storm, but many Texans are still without water, food, and other supplies — which is why the state is stepping up make sure Texans have the resources they need to provide for their families,” said Governor Abbott. “I thank our local, state, and federal partners for working together to address the needs of Texans and expedite our recovery process. I also want to thank our utility workers for providing crucial services to Texans who have experienced power outages and burst pipes. Together, we will continue to overcome this challenge.”
Late last week President Joseph. R. Biden signed an emergency disaster declaration for the state, providing additional federal support for communities around the state. The president also said he hopes to visit Texas soon when his presence won’t burden first responders and recovery efforts.
The crisis is expected to result in a number of inquires, both privately and publicly. Already top officials in the state are calling for investigations into how energy companies failed to anticipate the power outages, as well as a slew of additional shortsighted policies.
“While it appears the significant mismatch in energy supply and demand during this cold snap was caused by a variety of factors, various narratives have begun to surface that must be addressed. Texas residents deserve to know the root causes of their power outages and how they can be prevented in the future,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said in statement.
About 23,000 people in Texas remained without power as of Sunday afternoon, according to the latest reports.