Texas's power disaster is a warning sign for the US


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    America's power grid is not ready.
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    In February, extreme cold and an unusual winter storm left millions of Texans in the dark. Many went without power or water, in subzero temperatures, for nearly five days. It was a disaster; dozens died. But even though that storm hit much of the country, the power outages were mostly limited to Texas. That’s because Texas is on its own electrical grid, separate from the rest of the country, which means it can’t easily get power from other states in an emergency.
    But Texas's grid itself is not what failed. Power went out across Texas in the first place because energy sources across the state were unprepared for severe weather. And that didn’t have to happen; Texas had been warned about this exact scenario, and had actually experienced versions of it twice in the last 30 years. But they didn’t prepare.
    Now the rest of the US faces the same issue. Climate change is making severe weather disasters more and more frequent. And the American energy system is not ready for it.
    Read more about what happened in Texas and about the US electrical grid: www.vox.com/22289517/texas-storm-uri-weather-power-outage-snow
    And check out more coverage of the Texas power crisis from the Texas Tribune: www.texastribune.org/2021/02/22/texas-power-grid-extreme-weather/
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    1. Vox

      One proposal for fixing the US grid: weave the divided power systems into a single national power grid. One study suggests it could save consumers as much as $47.2 billion a year through increased efficiency and cheaper renewable energy. Read more on Vox: bit.ly/30duu7d

      1. R Flo

        Yeah and in California they shut off your power in the summer on purpose.

      2. RockDinosaur

        @Soaring Wings Second Stage The storm and failures to plan were an attempt to prevent an illegal and traitorous secession effort? Sure, makes sense - Texas is great.

      3. Sam Dittfach

        I live 2 miles from a nuclear power plant south of Fort Worth so I had power

      4. tixximmi1

        This wouldn't work. Need to de-centralize. 100 grids would be better. Solar and wind failed.

      5. Spade

        Good plan but we should note that a good load of politicians focus on their allies needs, so it’s extremely unlikely this’ll occur unfortunatly

    2. 21 Manpreet Singh

      In short Communism can sometimes be good

    3. Jaymir Bergrok

      merica be like:OH NO anyway

    4. Sterling Archer

      This video doesn't mention the power companies that monopolize the electricity in certain counties.

    5. Lightning Razz Gaming

      I am watching this video with my tablet right now and I charged my tablet yesterday.


      I life in Texas


      Send this to every right and centrist person who thinks Bidens infrastructure bill is too much or just right - it isn't even close to being enough.

    8. WolfMaster 1

      I was in Texas during the winter storm I nearly lost power for 5 days it was like bad so I went to my aunt home because she had power so yea it was bad for me winter storm

    9. Spectacular Spaghetti

      As a Scandinavian, it blows my mind how a state in the US cant handle cold weathers, as this country is so powerful and stuff. Even the best can make big mistakes.

      1. TW Ray

        Depends on where you are. Where I am in Illinois, we can. Here in central Illinois, we can get down to 0 F, which would be -17 C. We don't like it, but we can deal with it relatively easily. But in Texas where the worse outages were, they don't get below freezing at all nine years out of 10. It isn't routine for them. And without federal regulations to force them, the private companies had nothing to push them to prep for something that might happen in 10 years.

    10. Darryl Davis

      If Donald Trump was president the Power wouldn't have been limited by the green deal.

    11. Darryl Davis

      the government commission shut it down due to the new green deal that biden signed as an executive order his first day. Texas can produce enough energy for the Entire World easily but the government shut it down.

      1. Darryl Davis

        @pierocks45 you're probably a devil worshiper

      2. Darryl Davis

        @pierocks45 Yes, Do you have a brain? You're the government, How do you fix it so that there will never be a power outage again? go. You won't answer cause you know that it's political and all the grids are under Federal Regulation.

      3. pierocks45

        do you have a brain?

    12. pomelofromchina

      Schlüsselindustrien enteignen!

    13. aiden caldwell

      Good thing we had the better idea because we had food and water

    14. Coldfusionstorm Gaming

      Texans was killed by Texans because they wanted to save money for their power grid and enrich the already rich. Don't whitewash it. You had 50 years of warnings. again and again now people died. if you're reading this congratulations you were either lucky or rich enough to avoid dying.

    15. john piers

      But when you think about it Texas maybe the safest state in terms of energy. It may suffer occasionally like this but if something was to hit those huge power grids in the east and west, it possible all major cities would be affected except in Texas.

    16. Nick L

      Business needs to stop putting profit over life. Never forget how valuable YOU are. If you do something right from the start there wouldn’t be problems.

    17. Pyro

      In the map they show in the beginning, New York and New Jersey are merged

    18. Adam Place

      The experiment in privatization has failed.

    19. Pebbs800

      interesting how vox decided to not include that texas submitted a request to the EPA to increase power output for this storm before the fact but it was denied by the federal government

    20. koen Armstrong

      Wow it looks like the climate is changing🧐 It’s not gonna matter when half the world is under water and everybody has to find a new place to live or worse. Hopefully not

    21. Hab N

      there has been a literal power outage in California and I am scared.

    22. DarkChocolate33

      Am I the only one that noticed that Vox spelled the video wrong? Feel like it should be Texas' instead of Texas's.

    23. Jeremiah Muñoz

      Texas: *Im so not used to this i think i need more Help, we arent used to Winter* Russia, Canada, and Nordic countries: *AMATUERS*

    24. Nick L

      The evil people left there most helpful state astray. They do not gaf about us.

    25. Devilsfoolsgoingbbq

      i feel like the planned parenthood building is atracting catastrophes upon texas, dont see a bright future to the land.

    26. Its Legit Ryan

      And yall want electric cars💀

    27. Crystal Glaza

      Let's start our own country and have no problems at all 🙂

    28. G L

      But how are we going to pay for it if we need the money to bomb Syria.

    29. legenden kjær YT

      Texas: makes it impossible for the federal government to help Them Also Texas when the federal government doesnt help Them: suprised Pikachu face

    30. DCBJ2011

      I’m from Dallas and this winter storm was 100x worse than covid ever was here

    31. Eko Hermiyanto

      The Mighty Morphin Texas Ranger should do something about it

    32. Glendon Caballero

      As someone who lives in the Caribbean, it's so interesting that you guys called 5 C warm 😂

    33. Jan Six

      Preparing for unpredictable and infrequent events? What do you wanna be Germans now!

    34. A_

      The U.S Government is not obligated to save you. Become a Prepper Today!

    35. Mix Crowd TV

      can you make a documentary about whats being done to fix this or is nothing being done?

    36. The Dwight Mamba

      The rest of the United States maintained our grids, updating them as needed. They say not to mess with Texas. Turns out it's because they are about as tough as tissue paper down there.

      1. Mark Alcarez


    37. traingp7

      A once in a 30 year event happens and you blame the power grid for something that doesn't happen almost ever. The grid is built for peak summer time output not winter time and it 's not supposed to be winterized.

    38. Alex Martinez

      This was very interesting. The winter storm that affected Texas has affected the automotive industry as well. Since the factories can't run as normal, parts necessary to assemble vehicles can't be delivered. As a result the other companies have to reduce their production &/or workforce. It is basically a ripple effect.

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    42. A B

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    43. Pacific Blue

      So where the government is going to get this money to rebuild our power grid and infrastructure? Our debt now exceeds GDP. This shows how inept the government is in meeting the needs of the people. When the grid is eventually rebuilt, expect a lot of excess, inefficiencies, politicing, and corruption.

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    45. Master King Lee

      When you wanna be in your own world, and suddenly your world is hit with a disaster - it’s your own problem son!

      1. Cant think Of anything

        so why do we accept refugees? its not our problem like how you said. California tried to secede but they have tons of wildfires monthly. According to you its not our problem.

    46. MuffinTessee

      Republicans: dur dur dur it really cold for 7 days in texas so climate change a hoax, also it wind mill fault cause mill blow up when get cold

    47. AntiSocial

      They are not used to the cold

    48. eioshen boboi

      The managers of the electric companies have all kinds of emergency equipment installed with their huge salaries. For them.. Not for you, suckers..

      1. eioshen boboi

        As a Canadian, when I first saw Texas I was like "Oh! How pretty!"

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    50. White Elephant Productions

      I didn't have power for three days, it was so shocking (but not surprising) to learn how much of Texas is behind just to make money for already wealthy people. I lost all my plants, my beloved dog... It was so depressing. I'm from a place where summers hit triple digits normally, I know

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    53. Joel Arriaga

      Texas should just be it’s own country at this point 😒

    54. Razian Amira

      _“Corona doesn't break the system; Corona exposed a broken system.”_ likewise... _“The snowstorm doesn't break the system; the snowstorm exposed a broken system.”_

      1. Orange Boi

        What does likewise mean? I know i can ask google but her answers are different

    55. M R

      Every time Biden picks up a pen he destroys more of the U.S haha. You get what you vote for

    56. Andrew Kriz

      I lost power because I am in Texas

    57. Tyler Peters

      Ha we Canadians run better in the cold

    58. Jason Victoriano

      To tell me why I don’t live in Texas but still lost power

    59. Daquan McDonald

      If the us was smart they would start finding ways to keep up after this big lose

    60. Steven Klinkhamer

      Excellent. But is anybody listening?

    61. Victor Bui

      PRO TIP for future blizzards and freezes: Before the cold hits, shut off your home's water system. Map out your house's water pipelines and make sure you leave at least one or two water faucets trickling. When the freeze rolls over, slowly open your water main and pay attention to your walls and ceilings where the water pipes run. If you notice any leaks or dark spots appearing on your walls, shot off your water and fix it.

      1. David Stearns

        Good tips and always prudent steps but folks seem to be waiting for someone else to take those precautions.

    62. urgdaddy

      God Bless Generac, Largest distributor is in Houston.

    63. Relias Brothers

      Texas well most of Texas is pretty dum no cap no cap

    64. Happycrusher

      Even the electrical supply in the US is Just old and a Joke. In Germany a normal Winter night is - 10 °c ( dont know what that in Fahrenheit is, noone uses that exept the US ) and Not one country in Europe has These Problems. The US hat enough time to prepare . But they need to Pay there Money for some new Fighter plane

    65. speedyfireball

      As a Canadian, when I first saw Texas I was like "Oh! How pretty!"

    66. Alexander Williams

      i wanna go hoooooooooome i wanna go hoome! -sandy cheeks

    67. fox gamming

      i live in texas and i lost power for a day! and i wont lie it was not fun at all, as soon as the heater in my house had stopped working it got cold with in a few hours it was way below freezing in my town!, my grandmothers pipes busted thankfully it wasn't bad me and my dad got it repaired fast, after that power had come back on and would go out again, and it would do that for 2 days before we deemed it safe to restore our computers!. I will say that it can get cold out here in texas at the normal for my area, it can get down to 32f!, and in the past its got down to 20f before and our grid stayed online, but this last freeze we had was different it hit so fast and hard the grid just couldn't take it!, sorry for the long comment i wanted to share my story of the lone star black out!

    68. Blake the Tank

      Shoutout to Nissan of McKinney lol

    69. Mia Khalifa

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    70. archtroll

      texas.. home of Enron and the great 2021 power failure. The energy state!

    71. YinzerJr79

      Vox, is that graph at 5:30 taking inflation into account? Like is that all in current USD?

    72. Bence H

      In America, as long as something isn't worth it for large companies, it won't happen.


      Shouldn't have voted for Conservatives 😂 Bonk!

    74. MsMeditatingPanda

      I'm a Texan. Was here in 1989 don't remember anyone we knew losing power like this. After surviving this I just want to know what's going to be done about it. Some died, some barely made it. Some are elderly or sick. Some of us can't afford another storm like this. They want to raise the electricity bills on people already stretched. Some of these people can't afford a decent generator. By the grace of God did my family only lose electricity. If we had lost water or had a pipe burst ....I don't even want to know. If you made it without both much love and respect to you. I pray I never forget this but I want to do something about it.

      1. Darryl Davis

        the government shut it down due to the new green deal that biden signed as an executive order his first day. Texas can produce enough energy for the Entire World easily but the government shut it down. If Trump was President that volatile weather wouldn't have happened first of all but if it had, the power wouldn't have shut off.

    75. Vladimir Putin

      I live in Texas and why electricity went out 3:21 am Me watching this me ohhhhh

    76. PriusRaj

      Lost power during that. Worst winter of my life, and I grew up in Iowa.

    77. wig smey

      So we work together, whether we like it or not 😂

    78. Alex Tsahalis

      Way to go, Texas!! Yeehaw!!

    79. J G

      Now, why did they go it alone? Greed.

    80. J G

      Still not too late to make it “last months”!

    81. KendrixTermina

      regulation is good actually

    82. EdricLysharae

      Sure you want to stand alone, Lone Star State?

    83. 王思聪是我哥

      One of my friend died because of this

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    85. Akshay S. Kumar

      Texas is God’s own country

      1. Akshay S. Kumar

        @s H nah Israel is Jews country

      2. s H

        Interresting. I thought its Israel

    86. Tardar Sauce

      Federal regulations are just part of Big Gov's plan to take away our freedom and money, amirite?? Surely it has nothing to do with common sense and basic logic, right???

      1. s H

        Well the states with regulations, didnt had any problems

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    88. Agustina Chappell

      Anything goes now a days.

    89. Captain CJ 97

      This country really needs a revamp on a whole lot of things. Also and somehow they want us to go full electric I don't get it

      1. Zombie King

        Solar Panels and giant battery’s. Tesla already has them.

    90. bocoy noiu

      FYI usually between January and February it's always the coldest months of the year....

      1. bocoy noiu

        she will bake and freeze vast majoirity of both human and animal populations into extinction until a new balance is formed. I see a new ice age coming and mass famine. We

    91. MrHardkohr

      Stop spending on the military and use that money on our infrastructure

      1. allen liu

        this is a texas issue

    92. tim kahn

      yeah warning folks not to vote g o p .

    93. Jacob Dennis

      Spongebob was right.

    94. jim carson

      Ca. last August was also moments away from an area-by-area brown-out, they had to buy electricity from Az to keep from browning out, so much for water for the raging wildfires. Ca. is removing power plants every year, not just shutting them off but removing them.

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    96. The Writer Alex

      They say Texas decided to stay independent and free from regulations as if it’s a bad thing.

    97. The Writer Alex

      “Just join the national power grid! You’re not allowed to be sovereign in any way! This way China can cut the ENTIRE countries power!”

    98. Dylan Thompson

      At least it's not as bad as California.

    99. dcoog anml

      5:00 Uh oh Texas, looks like the GOVERMENT gonna need do some ENFORCEMENT.

    100. Mitha Parhi

      They have no electricity😯😯