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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  • 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

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

      R FloR Flo7 päivää sitten
    • @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.

      RockDinosaurRockDinosaur20 päivää sitten
    • I live 2 miles from a nuclear power plant south of Fort Worth so I had power

      Sam DittfachSam Dittfach20 päivää sitten
    • This wouldn't work. Need to de-centralize. 100 grids would be better. Solar and wind failed.

      tixximmi1tixximmi126 päivää sitten
    • 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

      SpadeSpade29 päivää sitten
  • Wait, this can't be right. As everyone knows, private industry ALWAYS does everything better than the government, and they do it best of all when the government doesn't impede them with wasteful "regulations" and "standards." Thus sayeth St. Ronald of Reagan, the patron saint of deregulation, anti-communism, voodoo economics, deficit spending, imaginary space lasers, and American mornings. So clearly the reason Texas had no power and some people froze to death wasn't because private industry failed, it must have been due to some sort of governmental interference. Maybe the Texas legislators should have made those voluntary industry preparedness standards, um...more voluntary? In any case, the situation is just more evidence that profit-driven organizations are the best purveyors of basic services and the fundamental resources needed to survive, and if their customers aren't satisfied, they can fire their electric company and take their business elsewhere (if they actually have the option to change utility providers, and if they don't freeze to death during the blackouts, of course). Beer, steers, and blackouts!

    HatuletohHatuletohTunti sitten
  • The Movie '2012' happened in Texas.

    Edgewater ChannelEdgewater Channel7 tuntia sitten
  • America isn't as great anymore. In the 50 and the 70 we built so much things that made us superior. Now these things are getting old.

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  • In short Communism can sometimes be good

    21 Manpreet Singh21 Manpreet Singh20 tuntia sitten
  • merica be like:OH NO anyway

    Jaymir BergrokJaymir BergrokPäivä sitten
  • This video doesn't mention the power companies that monopolize the electricity in certain counties.

    Sterling ArcherSterling Archer2 päivää sitten
  • I am watching this video with my tablet right now and I charged my tablet yesterday.

    Lightning Razz GamingLightning Razz Gaming3 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    BINARYGODBINARYGOD5 päivää sitten
  • 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

    WolfMaster 1WolfMaster 16 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Spectacular SpaghettiSpectacular Spaghetti6 päivää sitten
    • 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.

      TW RayTW Ray2 päivää sitten
  • If Donald Trump was president the Power wouldn't have been limited by the green deal.

    Darryl DavisDarryl Davis7 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Darryl DavisDarryl Davis7 päivää sitten
    • @pierocks45 you're probably a devil worshiper

      Darryl DavisDarryl Davis6 päivää sitten
    • @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.

      Darryl DavisDarryl Davis6 päivää sitten
    • do you have a brain?

      pierocks45pierocks456 päivää sitten
  • Schlüsselindustrien enteignen!

    pomelofromchinapomelofromchina8 päivää sitten
  • Good thing we had the better idea because we had food and water

    aiden caldwellaiden caldwell9 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Coldfusionstorm GamingColdfusionstorm Gaming9 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    john piersjohn piers9 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Nick LNick L10 päivää sitten
  • In the map they show in the beginning, New York and New Jersey are merged

    PyroPyro10 päivää sitten
  • The experiment in privatization has failed.

    Adam PlaceAdam Place11 päivää sitten
  • 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

    Pebbs800Pebbs80012 päivää sitten
  • 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

    koen Armstrongkoen Armstrong13 päivää sitten
  • there has been a literal power outage in California and I am scared.

    Hab NHab N13 päivää sitten
  • Am I the only one that noticed that Vox spelled the video wrong? Feel like it should be Texas' instead of Texas's.

    DarkChocolate33DarkChocolate3314 päivää sitten
  • Texas: *Im so not used to this i think i need more Help, we arent used to Winter* Russia, Canada, and Nordic countries: *AMATUERS*

    Jeremiah MuñozJeremiah Muñoz14 päivää sitten
  • The evil people left there most helpful state astray. They do not gaf about us.

    Nick LNick L14 päivää sitten
  • i feel like the planned parenthood building is atracting catastrophes upon texas, dont see a bright future to the land.

    DevilsfoolsgoingbbqDevilsfoolsgoingbbq15 päivää sitten
  • And yall want electric cars💀

    Its Legit RyanIts Legit Ryan15 päivää sitten
  • Let's start our own country and have no problems at all 🙂

    Crystal GlazaCrystal Glaza15 päivää sitten
  • But how are we going to pay for it if we need the money to bomb Syria.

    G LG L15 päivää sitten
  • Texas: makes it impossible for the federal government to help Them Also Texas when the federal government doesnt help Them: suprised Pikachu face

    legenden kjær YTlegenden kjær YT15 päivää sitten
  • I’m from Dallas and this winter storm was 100x worse than covid ever was here

    DCBJ2011DCBJ201115 päivää sitten
  • The Mighty Morphin Texas Ranger should do something about it

    Eko HermiyantoEko Hermiyanto16 päivää sitten
  • As someone who lives in the Caribbean, it's so interesting that you guys called 5 C warm 😂

    Glendon CaballeroGlendon Caballero16 päivää sitten
  • Preparing for unpredictable and infrequent events? What do you wanna be Germans now!

    Jan SixJan Six16 päivää sitten
  • The U.S Government is not obligated to save you. Become a Prepper Today!

    A_A_17 päivää sitten
  • can you make a documentary about whats being done to fix this or is nothing being done?

    Mix Crowd TVMix Crowd TV17 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    The Dwight MambaThe Dwight Mamba17 päivää sitten
    • 😂

      Mark AlcarezMark Alcarez14 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    traingp7traingp717 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Alex MartinezAlex Martinez17 päivää sitten
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  • 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.

    Pacific BluePacific Blue18 päivää sitten
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  • When you wanna be in your own world, and suddenly your world is hit with a disaster - it’s your own problem son!

    Master King LeeMaster King Lee18 päivää sitten
    • 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.

      Cant think Of anythingCant think Of anything15 päivää sitten
  • 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

    MuffinTesseeMuffinTessee19 päivää sitten
  • They are not used to the cold

    AntiSocialAntiSocial19 päivää sitten
  • The managers of the electric companies have all kinds of emergency equipment installed with their huge salaries. For them.. Not for you, suckers..

    eioshen boboieioshen boboi19 päivää sitten
    • As a Canadian, when I first saw Texas I was like "Oh! How pretty!"

      eioshen boboieioshen boboi19 päivää sitten
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    Kermit The FrogKermit The Frog19 päivää sitten
  • 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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  • ❤❤

    lenny kosslenny koss20 päivää sitten
  • Texas should just be it’s own country at this point 😒

    Joel ArriagaJoel Arriaga20 päivää sitten
  • _“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.”_

    Razian AmiraRazian Amira20 päivää sitten
    • What does likewise mean? I know i can ask google but her answers are different

      Orange BoiOrange Boi12 päivää sitten
  • Every time Biden picks up a pen he destroys more of the U.S haha. You get what you vote for

    M RM R20 päivää sitten
  • I lost power because I am in Texas

    Andrew KrizAndrew Kriz20 päivää sitten
  • Ha we Canadians run better in the cold

    Tyler PetersTyler Peters20 päivää sitten
  • To tell me why I don’t live in Texas but still lost power

    Jason VictorianoJason Victoriano20 päivää sitten
  • If the us was smart they would start finding ways to keep up after this big lose

    Daquan McDonaldDaquan McDonald20 päivää sitten
  • Excellent. But is anybody listening?

    Steven KlinkhamerSteven Klinkhamer20 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Victor BuiVictor Bui20 päivää sitten
    • Good tips and always prudent steps but folks seem to be waiting for someone else to take those precautions.

      David StearnsDavid Stearns12 päivää sitten
  • God Bless Generac, Largest distributor is in Houston.

    urgdaddyurgdaddy21 päivä sitten
  • Texas well most of Texas is pretty dum no cap no cap

    Relias BrothersRelias Brothers21 päivä sitten
  • 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

    HappycrusherHappycrusher21 päivä sitten
  • As a Canadian, when I first saw Texas I was like "Oh! How pretty!"

    speedyfireballspeedyfireball21 päivä sitten
  • i wanna go hoooooooooome i wanna go hoome! -sandy cheeks

    Alexander WilliamsAlexander Williams21 päivä sitten
  • 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!

    fox gammingfox gamming21 päivä sitten
  • Shoutout to Nissan of McKinney lol

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

    archtrollarchtroll21 päivä sitten
  • Vox, is that graph at 5:30 taking inflation into account? Like is that all in current USD?

    YinzerJr79YinzerJr7921 päivä sitten
  • In America, as long as something isn't worth it for large companies, it won't happen.

    Bence HBence H21 päivä sitten
  • Shouldn't have voted for Conservatives 😂 Bonk!

    ANIMATION WEB 3ANIMATION WEB 321 päivä sitten
  • 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.

    MsMeditatingPandaMsMeditatingPanda21 päivä sitten
    • 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.

      Darryl DavisDarryl Davis7 päivää sitten
  • I live in Texas and why electricity went out 3:21 am Me watching this me ohhhhh

    Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin22 päivää sitten
  • Lost power during that. Worst winter of my life, and I grew up in Iowa.

    PriusRajPriusRaj22 päivää sitten
  • So we work together, whether we like it or not 😂

    wig smeywig smey22 päivää sitten
  • Way to go, Texas!! Yeehaw!!

    Alex TsahalisAlex Tsahalis22 päivää sitten
  • Now, why did they go it alone? Greed.

    J GJ G22 päivää sitten
  • Still not too late to make it “last months”!

    J GJ G22 päivää sitten
  • regulation is good actually

    KendrixTerminaKendrixTermina22 päivää sitten
  • Sure you want to stand alone, Lone Star State?

    EdricLysharaeEdricLysharae22 päivää sitten
  • One of my friend died because of this

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  • Texas is God’s own country

    Akshay S. KumarAkshay S. Kumar23 päivää sitten
    • @s H nah Israel is Jews country

      Akshay S. KumarAkshay S. Kumar22 päivää sitten
    • Interresting. I thought its Israel

      s Hs H22 päivää sitten
  • 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???

    Tardar SauceTardar Sauce23 päivää sitten
    • Well the states with regulations, didnt had any problems

      s Hs H22 päivää sitten
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  • Anything goes now a days.

    Agustina ChappellAgustina Chappell23 päivää sitten
  • 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

    Captain CJ 97Captain CJ 9723 päivää sitten
    • Solar Panels and giant battery’s. Tesla already has them.

      Zombie KingZombie King20 päivää sitten
  • FYI usually between January and February it's always the coldest months of the year....

    bocoy noiubocoy noiu23 päivää sitten
    • 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

      bocoy noiubocoy noiu23 päivää sitten
  • Stop spending on the military and use that money on our infrastructure

    MrHardkohrMrHardkohr23 päivää sitten
    • this is a texas issue

      allen liuallen liu23 päivää sitten
  • yeah warning folks not to vote g o p .

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  • Spongebob was right.

    Jacob DennisJacob Dennis24 päivää sitten
  • 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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  • They say Texas decided to stay independent and free from regulations as if it’s a bad thing.

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  • “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!”

    The Writer AlexThe Writer Alex24 päivää sitten