Texas brought this crisis on themselves by insisting on operating their own power grid that doesn’t connect with others; by failing to do anything to make the grid more resilient; by creating a political system that is controlled by power and money.
Some 4 million Texans are without heat, 12 million are facing water problems, and hundreds are victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. But, the leadership of Texas, a state captured by the fossil fuel industry, has no plans for future extreme events.
Overwhelming odds, unexpected alliances and tough losses — defeating Keystone XL built a bolder, savvier climate movement. From frontline battles to large national mobilizations, tar sands resistance developed new tactics and organizing strategies.
We need a person like Congresswoman Haaland to build a stronger relationship between the federal government and tribal nations. The Secretary of the Interior oversees the management and conservation of federal lands.
A growing chorus agrees the expansion of the natural gas industry, which feeds plastics and petrochemical plants like Shell’s, is moving the U.S. in the wrong direction to prevent catastrophic impacts from climate change.