Texas grid failure strengthens calls to climate-proof energy infrastructure

February 19, 2021 ☼ energyinfrastructuretexaspower-failure

Source: MPR News

Link: Texas grid failure strengthens calls to climate-proof energy infrastructure

As former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke put it on MSNBC this week: “The energy capital of North America cannot provide the energy needed to warm and power people’s home.”

It’s a stark reminder that our 20th-century power grids won’t withstand our 21st-century climate much longer. An unusual cold snap in the South has left millions of Texans without power for days.

The problem surfaced in southern states, but lack of investment in infrastructure is a problem everywhere. It just is evident sooner when economic incentives work directly against it.

It’s not just power either. It’s water, food, and information security.