Though many are beginning to get electricity throughout the city, ours is still dark, and cold.
Half the apts at our complex got power a couple days ago, but the other half hasn’t.
Seems a similar story block to block around Austin.
The details are in the grid!
The Texas Tribune has lots of articles examining both the overall and details of this disaster. A major component, as voiced from different directions, is cost —
“Canada runs power systems with weather colder than this all the time,” he said. “A lot of these problems you can fix by spending money. There is a question: If you have low probability of an extreme event, do you want to spend the money?”https://www.texastribune.org/2021/02/18/greg-abbott-winter-storm/
How catastrophic and how often a run of close calls – and our current situation isn’t out of the woods yet, wife and I don’t have power! – as a determiner of whether to prepare or not, doesn’t seem in the “public” interest. And I think that’s where the crux of it all goes.
Is electrical power, and water supply, and public education, and public health, a public issue?
Will and can it affect you?
Like in the self defense of our country.
Like when a pandemic hits everyone around us.
Regardless what one does or did to prepare or prevent a disaster like we in Texas are experiencing today.
Except, it’s important to remember, all those smart folks in far west, panhandle, and east Texas who chose not to go independent and “not have to answer to the Feds” 😏 Like most the rest of the nation. They’ve weathered the weather 😊
Will folks here in Texas learn enough of a lesson this time?
I get the feeling some folks don’t want us to.
But this time, maybe, yes, maybe….
Take care everyone 🙏
ps – beginning to get word there’s sporadic power to the other units in our complex 🤞 😊
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