Top Democrats calling for investigations into Republicans’ handling of the Texas winter crisis – while simultaneously using the disaster to advocate for their radical environmental policies like the Green New Deal.
The Lone Star State was ravaged by a historic winter storm that has left millions without power after significant power outages. The Associated Press reports that the storm and resultant power outages have contributed to the deaths of at least 80 people.
President Biden recently approved a major disaster declaration, allowing more federal aid to pour into the state as it struggles to get back on its feet from the crisis. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has delivered more than 1 million meals to Texas and the Defense Department has delivered more than 4 million liters of water.
“Governor Abbott thought Texas could run an electrical grid that ignored the climate crisis,” Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted. “It was not resilient.”
Schumer went on to call for a federal investigation to look into how the Republican governor’s policies “have failed and exacerbated the winter storm crisis.”
Former Senate candidate Beto O’Rouke also attempted to point the blame at Republicans, saying “those in power have failed us.”
“As with Covid, a natural disaster has become far deadlier due to the inaction & ineptitude of Abbott and Texas’ Republican leadership,” he tweeted. “This didn’t have to happen and doesn’t have to continue.”
While the Democrats certainly love their useless investigations, it’s likely that their real objective in calling for them is to undermine Republican leadership within the state in an attempt to usher in their far-left climate agenda.
Democrats have claimed that the power outages could have been avoided with greater reliance on renewable sources.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week that the Democratic-controlled Energy and Commerce Committee will be investigating, and specifically taking “a look into it to see how things could have turned out better and will turn out better in the future.”
Committee Chairman Frank Pallone said the committee would “investigate the Texas crisis further and we’ll see what other action we have to take.”
“Ultimately, this episode underscores the importance of prioritizing clean and resilient energy infrastructure,” he said, according to The Hill.
Abbott, for his part, knew that the Democrats would seize the opportunity to call for new energy sources and told Fox News that renewable energy sources in the state had also failed.
He specifically referenced the Green New Deal – a radical package of environmental policies designed to overhaul America’s energy policies and economic system. Abbott told Fox’s Sean Hannity that “this shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America.”
“Texas is blessed with multiple sources of energy, such as natural gas and oil and nuclear – as well as solar and wind,” he said. “But you saw … our wind and our solar got shut down, and they were collectively more than 10% of our power grid.”
He said it shows that fossil fuels are necessary “for the state of Texas as well as other states to make sure we are able to heat our homes in the wintertime and cool our homes in the summertime.”