WASHINGTON, 23 Feb – RIA Novosti. Residents of the American state of Texas are outraged by the fact that the infrastructure of the energy capital of the United States has not been able to withstand frosts, unusual for the southern regions of the country, they expressed their disappointment in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Unusually cold and snowy weather swept through several regions of the United States, with at least 58 casualties. Snowstorms and other weather events have caused massive power and water cuts in Texas, as well as food queues, rising gas prices and many other inconveniences for millions of residents of the state. According to the portal Poweroutage.com, currently about 13.4 thousand consumers in Texas are without electricity.
Legislators in both Austin and Washington almost immediately disagreed over the cause of the incident: Democrats blamed Texas' fossil fuel infrastructure, while Republicans believed it was a lack of equipment needed to use alternative energy sources.
Houston resident Sheila Price, a housewife and mother of four, is just one of millions of Texans frustrated by the lack of response from state officials. Price said she was outraged by the power outages, given that she lives in the country's so-called “energy corridor.”
“How can this happen in the energy center of the country? It's completely ugly. It's so crazy to realize that I live in the energy capital,” Price noted.
According to the interlocutor of the agency, “no one is trying to take responsibility” for the troubles that befell the state. Price says Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other Republican officials deny climate change and resist infrastructure improvements and investment. In this regard, the woman expressed the hope that the authorities will be forced to change course for the benefit of the state's population.
“I can't tell you how sad I am,” Price lamented, admitting that the residents of the state expected “setups” from the Russians or the Chinese, but not from the Americans themselves.
A resident of the largest Texas city of Houston, Derrill Holly, in turn, told RIA Novosti that he was left without electricity for at least 61 hours. He estimated that the lights turned off when the temperature dropped to more than minus 6 degrees. On top of that, the Internet and cellular communications were cut off.
“The basic services that are usually available were not available,” Holly said.
He noted that some people tried to bask in their cars. “Staying in the car is very risky – people can fall asleep and not wake up,” the man shared his fears.
He also said that some people used sleeping bags in their homes. Holly says there are no decent hotel rooms within 100-200 miles of Houston.
Sheila Price also told RIA Novosti that not only sleeping bags, but also a grill came to the rescue. “People used the grill inside their houses, trying to keep warm. A lot of people burst pipes … My neighbor's pipe burst, another neighbor's house burned down, and all you hear are sirens that are not often heard here,” Price noted.
US President Joe Biden previously declared a state of emergency in Texas.