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‘When Texas freezes over’: Arctic conditions across the southern U.S. show climate change is here


Guest Columnists Sometimes, it seems like certain politicians won’t support climate action until hell — or Texas — freezes over. Well, after last month’s storms, the climate threat is as clear as can be, and it’s time for Congress to act.

On Feb. 13, a winter storm began sweeping across the U.S. Within days, the frigid conditions and ensuing infrastructure challenges led to dozens of deaths, massive power outages , and millions without clean water . Texas came within minutes of catastrophic failures that would have caused months-long blackouts . Here in Iowa, the deep freeze was especially hard for livestock. On our farm, we had to feed our llamas high-energy food to ensure that they made it through the night. Every morning, we’d wake up and run to the barn to make sure they were OK. Then our water hydrant broke, so we carried buckets of water from the house to the barn in the dangerously cold temperatures. Our old farmhouse seethed cold air around every window and door, and home deliveries of food and other essentials were suspended for our entire rural area. It was a very tense time.

So why is this all happening? Typically, a strong jet […]

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