This report was written by Walker Bragman.
Republicans have been pushing back against renewable energy, arguing that it is unreliable. But that’s not the main reason a severe winter storm in Texas has left millions without power. The blackouts are mainly brought on by a shortage of natural gas due to a drop in pressure and frozen instruments at fossil fuel and nuclear facilities. The fact that Texas deregulated its power grid in the 1990s could also be part of the problem.
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces political fallout in the wake of revelations that his administration covered up the COVID death toll at nursing homes.
• Interior Secretary Nominee Deb Haaland has a history of clashing with the oil industry.
• Valentine’s Day cards allegedly circulated by the Los Angeles Police Department won’t be winning them many sweethearts.
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