Feb 23, 2021
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President Joe Biden will visit the state of Texas, one of the most affected by the winter storm that has hit the south of the country for days and, as a result of the cold wave, is currently mired in a serious energy crisis .
The president, accompanied by the first lady, Jill Biden, will travel next Friday, February 26, to the city of Houston, the largest city in Texas, details an official statement released on Tuesday.
“We remain in close contact with state and local authorities to monitor the situation,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki at a press conference. “On Friday the president and the first lady will travel to Houston. The president will meet with local leaders to discuss the winter storm, the steps needed for recovery, and the incredible resilience shown by the people of Texas. “
The situation in Texas has been especially dire because extreme cold, in a normally warm state, led to an exponential increase in demand that led to the collapse of the system.
About four million people in Texas – and hundreds of thousands more in southern states like Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia – were without power this week due to the impact of the storm.
Part of the residents of the state of Texas are still without access to running water or electricity since the blackouts began throughout the state on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The images show how they use candles, flashlights and electric generators and take advantage of even the water in the pools. The authorities have arranged shelters for the needy and delivery of water. Several lawmakers have reached out to help.
Last Friday, President Biden approved a “major disaster” declaration for Texas, making federal funds available to people throughout the state, including assistance with temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans.
During his visit, the president, who has made the fight against the pandemic the focus of his first 100 days in office, will take the opportunity to visit a vaccine distribution center against COVID-19.
One of the impacts of the cold wave has been that it has hindered the distribution of drugs, thus hindering the vaccination process against the coronavirus, at a time when the United States registers more than a thousand deaths from COVID-19 every day, which led the country to surpass on Monday the “truly disheartening mark” – in Biden’s words – of the 500,000 victims of the pandemic.
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Texas power grid CEO Bill Magness fired after deadly blackouts during storm
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The president and CEO of the Texas power grid has been fired after mounting calls for his ouster following the deadly blackouts that left millions of people without electricity and heat for days in subfreezing temperatures.
Bill Magness was given a two-month termination notice Wednesday by the board of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, a cooperative responsible for 90 percent of the state’s electricity.
On Monday, the state’s top utility regulator resigned in the wake of the one of the worst blackouts in US history.
”During this transition period, Bill will continue to serve as President and CEO and work with state leaders and regulators on potential reforms to ERCOT,” the organization said in a statement.
Magness — who made over $876,000 in salary and other compensation in 2019 – was slammed amid the blackouts that began Feb. 15 when a winter storm dropped temperatures into single digits, causing skyrocketing demand for power to heat homes.
Grid operators disconnected more than 4 million customers as the system buckled, which Magness has said was necessary to avert an even greater catastrophic blackout that could have lasted months.During the storm, 356 generators were knocked offline, nearly doubling what Texas experienced during its last major winter storm in 2011.AP
The power grid was “four minutes 37 seconds away from a total collapse” during the storm — meaning the Lone Star State could have been left in the dark for weeks.
“This was a devastating event,” Magness said in his opening statements at a recent board meeting. “Power is essential to civilization.”
During the storm, 356 generators were knocked offline, nearly doubling what Texas experienced during its last major winter storm in 2011, KHOU reported.The storm and blackouts have been blamed for more than 40 deaths in the state, but the full toll may not be known for months.AP
The prolonged outages escalated to a crisis of tragic proportions, as residents trying to keep warm died of carbon monoxide poisoning and others froze to death.
The storm and blackouts have been blamed for more than 40 deaths in the state, but the full toll may not be known for months.
At least six ERCOT board members have stepped down in the aftermath of the blackouts.
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