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Energy policy debates heat up for politicians as Texas freezes and power outages span the state

A snow-covered Downtown Dallas seen from S Houston St on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Texas politicians and political groups sparred over power in politics Monday, seizing the opportunity to debate energy policy as power outages swept through the Lone Star State.

As the storm continued to ravage Texas Monday, pictures of frozen wind turbines and stories of hours-long blackouts spread across Twitter. Texas Republicans, who have been a key players in the fight to protect fossil fuels, as some Democrats vouch for renewable solutions to reduce the country’s carbon footprint, were quick to advocate for the necessity of oil and gas.

“The blackouts caused by this extreme weather reinforces the need to maintain energy independence and increased Texas oil and gas production, not less,” U.S. Rep. Roger Williams of Austin said in a tweet.

The blackouts caused by this extreme weather reinforces the need to maintain energy independence and increased Texas oil and gas production, not less. — Rep. Roger Williams (@RepRWilliams) February 15, 2021 The conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation thanked “affordable and reliable” fossil fuels for keeping Texans warm, in a press release.

“This week, as the state and nation are blanketed in ice, we can expect most of our […]

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