US Sen. Chuck Schumer slammed Sunday in Texas last week to catch a guard from a massive winter storm – saying the Lone Star state is paying the price for ignoring climate change.
“The bottom line is, Texas thought it could go it alone and build a system that ignored climate change,” Schumer said during a Lower East Side press conference, the nation’s national power grid. Refers to the decision to stay away from.
“It was not said which is flexible, and now Texas is paying the price,” Schumer said.
“I hope they have learned a lesson,” he said.
The storm, which swept into a large swing in the US last week, brought record-low temperatures and unprecedented snowfall, powering millions of Texas people and crippling parts of the state’s water system.
The state’s largest utility company – the Electric Reliability Council of Texas – and government officials have come under fire for being unprepared for the storm that has now killed more than 70 people in the country, most of them in Texas.
Texas is the only state in the continental US to operate its stand-alone electricity grid and has not been adapted to the weather because it is not subject to federal oversight.
“When we build electricity, when we build anything, we have to keep in mind that climate change is real, or people have to catch up the way people do in Texas”, Schumer said.
“When I wrote [Hurricane] Sandy Bill, $ 60 billion for New York, we made sure everything was flexible, ”he said. “When they built the subway, they built it, built it back, which, they were going to be resistant to climate change, and we have to do that.”
Schumer also fired on US Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is burning in flames after the storm to move to Cancun, Mexico.
“Ted Cruz is receiving heavy criticism from Democrats and Republicans, and is well deserved,” Schumer said.