While last week’s disaster in Texas is still fresh on our legislators’ minds, we must give testimony, loudly and collectively, to the human cost of Texas officials’ neglect.
WHO SHOULD ACT
Every Texan affected by last week’s freeze / disaster!
Submit written testimony for the joint hearing of the House Energy Resources and State Affairs Committees on the causes of last week’s blackouts: https://comments.house.texas.gov/home?c=c450
HERE’S THE BACKGROUND
Texans are currently faced with multiple and overlapping crises. A global pandemic has caused unemployment and homelessness. Communities of color continue to suffer from racial injustice. And last week it became clear that our crumbling public services and infrastructure are especially vulnerable to extreme weather events fueled by the worsening climate crisis.
It is no coincidence that some leaders in Texas are attacking the Green New Deal, which so far exists only on paper, and have tried to falsely blame wind turbines for the results of their failed policies of “small government” and “free market” radicalism. Their unwavering support for fossil fuels will only exacerbate the climate crisis and lead to more disasters in the future.
It is time that Texas and our state leaders take climate change seriously. We need to prepare and mitigate its effects that are already happening here in Texas and affecting Texans. Public infrastructure needs to be winterized, for example, to prevent a future collapse. We need to transition away from oil and gas, which failed us last week in order to prevent the climate crisis from worsening and Texas from falling behind economically.
It is time for the Texas Legislature to step up for Texans!