Judge Clay Jenkins, the chief executive of Dallas County, said during an appearance on MSNBC Thursday that he had yet to hear from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) amid the historic winter storm wreaking havoc on the state this week.
But he had heard from the White House, he said.
From The Independent:
The admission comes as more than 70,000 Dallas residents were said to be still without power on Thursday, with as many as 500,000 across Texas still affected by a four-day power blackout.
“I haven’t heard from the governor. I haven’t heard from any of the state leaders,” said Judge Jenkins, “[but] we have heard from the White House and we’re very thankful.”
The Dallas official said water supplies were still running “because the Biden administration and FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) sent us generators,” which were used to power the city’s water treatment plants.
The day before, Abbott “blamed the state’s main energy supplier, ERCOT, who could not provide details about when power outages would stop,” according to the report.
“ERCOT has not provided information about which location and which geographic location the additional power is coming onto or is not coming on to,” said Mr Abbott, who claimed on Fox News that renewable energy was to blame, despite accounting for only 10 per cent of Texas’s supply.
Judge Jenkins said Thursday that the problem lies with the state’s failure to regulate the weatherization of power supply facilities and equipment.
“We’ve been warning the governor about this since 2011 when it was nearly this bad around the Super Bowl,” said Judge Jenkins. “You may remember the ice storm. There was a federal report that said if you don’t winterize it will happen again. There was a state report saying the same thing.”
“The governor made a conscious choice not to do that,” continued Judge Jenkins. “When you’re in a regulated market and you tell companies to do something it’s the same as telling them not to because they only get their energy bought if they’re at the lowest cost. It was completely predictable.”
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