Meeting on March 2 Will ZOOM in on Texas Power Crisis
Tuesday, March 2 at noon
Since our last HCCTDW Newsletter, we have all had a lesson in survival. As a result, our planned focus on the Republican leadership in State government will be sharpened to look closely at the impact of extremely cold, but not “unprecedented” weather on our own communities and the promises of politicians to “make sure this never happens again.”
Be sure to claim your square on our Zoom meeting set to begin at noon on March 2, 2021. We will begin with a short report on the ERCOT near-disaster and the direction our elected leaders are taking. We will look to TDW members on the call to describe local conditions. Everyone on the call will have a chance to recount their experience with survival and their creative solutions born of necessity.
Governor Abbott has sent three emergency legislative items to the Legislature. The Governor is asking for reform of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT); a mandate for winterization of the Texas power system, and funding for winterization. The Public Utility Commission has temporarily halted billing and disconnecting customers impacted by extremely high costs of energy.
The first House and Senate Committee Hearings to investigate contributing factors and the response to statewide electrical blackouts began at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 25. More hearings are expected to follow, along with proposed legislation. It’s too late to prevent this crisis, but it’s not too early to start preventing the next one.
The pandemic has challenged our group to find different and safer ways to get together and act to help our communities. This one-hour Zoom meeting will provide a place where we can share our tales of survival: sleet, snow, and icy roads, lost power, boiled water and helpful neighbors. It will be good to see faces and hear voices we have been missing.
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Time: Mar 2, 2021 12:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Texas Impact is a leading advocate for social and economic justice in Texas, representing mainline Christian church organizations as well as Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and other religious groups. During the Legislative session every two years, Texas Impact offers a program called “Weekly Witness” every Monday between noon and 1:00 p.m.
On Monday, February 22, the topic of “Weekly Witness” was the power crisis resulting from the failure of Texas power producers to winterize, leading to the inability to function in very cold weather. HCCTDW members who are looking for a reliable source of information about the causes and possible solutions to the power crisis are encouraged to visit texasimpact.org and find the recorded program from February 22. Texas Impact’s Action Center also provides phone numbers and recommended actions for Texans who wish to contact Texas House and Senate members with stories and demands for real solutions.