Texas's power disaster is a warning sign for the US

America's power grid is not ready.
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In February, extreme cold and an unusual winter storm left millions of Texans in the dark. Many went without power or water, in subzero temperatures, for nearly five days. It was a disaster; dozens died. But even though that storm hit much of the country, the power outages were mostly limited to Texas. That’s because Texas is on its own electrical grid, separate from the rest of the country, which means it can’t easily get power from other states in an emergency.
But Texas's grid itself is not what failed. Power went out across Texas in the first place because energy sources across the state were unprepared for severe weather. And that didn’t have to happen; Texas had been warned about this exact scenario, and had actually experienced versions of it twice in the last 30 years. But they didn’t prepare.
Now the rest of the US faces the same issue. Climate change is making severe weather disasters more and more frequent. And the American energy system is not ready for it.
Read more about what happened in Texas and about the US electrical grid: www.vox.com/22289517/texas-storm-uri-weather-power-outage-snow
And check out more coverage of the Texas power crisis from the Texas Tribune: www.texastribune.org/2021/02/22/texas-power-grid-extreme-weather/
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  • One proposal for fixing the US grid: weave the divided power systems into a single national power grid. One study suggests it could save consumers as much as $47.2 billion a year through increased efficiency and cheaper renewable energy. Read more on Vox: bit.ly/30duu7d

    VoxVoxАй мурун
    • Yeah and in California they shut off your power in the summer on purpose.

      R FloR Flo5 күн мурун
    • @Soaring Wings Second Stage The storm and failures to plan were an attempt to prevent an illegal and traitorous secession effort? Sure, makes sense - Texas is great.

      RockDinosaurRockDinosaur18 күн мурун
    • I live 2 miles from a nuclear power plant south of Fort Worth so I had power

      Sam DittfachSam Dittfach18 күн мурун
    • This wouldn't work. Need to de-centralize. 100 grids would be better. Solar and wind failed.

      tixximmi1tixximmi124 күн мурун
    • Good plan but we should note that a good load of politicians focus on their allies needs, so it’s extremely unlikely this’ll occur unfortunatly

      SpadeSpade27 күн мурун
  • This video doesn't mention the power companies that monopolize the electricity in certain counties.

    Sterling ArcherSterling Archer17 саат мурун
  • I am watching this video with my tablet right now and I charged my tablet yesterday.

    Lightning Razz GamingLightning Razz GamingКүн мурун
  • I life in Texas

  • Send this to every right and centrist person who thinks Bidens infrastructure bill is too much or just right - it isn't even close to being enough.

  • I was in Texas during the winter storm I nearly lost power for 5 days it was like bad so I went to my aunt home because she had power so yea it was bad for me winter storm

    WolfMaster 1WolfMaster 14 күн мурун
  • As a Scandinavian, it blows my mind how a state in the US cant handle cold weathers, as this country is so powerful and stuff. Even the best can make big mistakes.

    Spectacular SpaghettiSpectacular Spaghetti4 күн мурун
    • Depends on where you are. Where I am in Illinois, we can. Here in central Illinois, we can get down to 0 F, which would be -17 C. We don't like it, but we can deal with it relatively easily. But in Texas where the worse outages were, they don't get below freezing at all nine years out of 10. It isn't routine for them. And without federal regulations to force them, the private companies had nothing to push them to prep for something that might happen in 10 years.

      TW RayTW Ray17 саат мурун
  • If Donald Trump was president the Power wouldn't have been limited by the green deal.

    Darryl DavisDarryl Davis5 күн мурун
  • the government commission shut it down due to the new green deal that biden signed as an executive order his first day. Texas can produce enough energy for the Entire World easily but the government shut it down.

    Darryl DavisDarryl Davis5 күн мурун
    • @pierocks45 you're probably a devil worshiper

      Darryl DavisDarryl Davis5 күн мурун
    • @pierocks45 Yes, Do you have a brain? You're the government, How do you fix it so that there will never be a power outage again? go. You won't answer cause you know that it's political and all the grids are under Federal Regulation.

      Darryl DavisDarryl Davis5 күн мурун
    • do you have a brain?

      pierocks45pierocks455 күн мурун
  • Schlüsselindustrien enteignen!

    pomelofromchinapomelofromchina7 күн мурун
  • Good thing we had the better idea because we had food and water

    aiden caldwellaiden caldwell7 күн мурун
  • Texans was killed by Texans because they wanted to save money for their power grid and enrich the already rich. Don't whitewash it. You had 50 years of warnings. again and again now people died. if you're reading this congratulations you were either lucky or rich enough to avoid dying.

    Coldfusionstorm GamingColdfusionstorm Gaming7 күн мурун
  • But when you think about it Texas maybe the safest state in terms of energy. It may suffer occasionally like this but if something was to hit those huge power grids in the east and west, it possible all major cities would be affected except in Texas.

    john piersjohn piers8 күн мурун
  • Business needs to stop putting profit over life. Never forget how valuable YOU are. If you do something right from the start there wouldn’t be problems.

    Nick LNick L8 күн мурун
  • In the map they show in the beginning, New York and New Jersey are merged

    PyroPyro9 күн мурун
  • The experiment in privatization has failed.

    Adam PlaceAdam Place9 күн мурун
  • interesting how vox decided to not include that texas submitted a request to the EPA to increase power output for this storm before the fact but it was denied by the federal government

    Pebbs800Pebbs80011 күн мурун
  • Wow it looks like the climate is changing🧐 It’s not gonna matter when half the world is under water and everybody has to find a new place to live or worse. Hopefully not

    koen Armstrongkoen Armstrong12 күн мурун
  • there has been a literal power outage in California and I am scared.

    Hab NHab N12 күн мурун
  • Am I the only one that noticed that Vox spelled the video wrong? Feel like it should be Texas' instead of Texas's.

    DarkChocolate33DarkChocolate3312 күн мурун
  • Texas: *Im so not used to this i think i need more Help, we arent used to Winter* Russia, Canada, and Nordic countries: *AMATUERS*

    Jeremiah MuñozJeremiah Muñoz13 күн мурун
  • The evil people left there most helpful state astray. They do not gaf about us.

    Nick LNick L13 күн мурун
  • i feel like the planned parenthood building is atracting catastrophes upon texas, dont see a bright future to the land.

    DevilsfoolsgoingbbqDevilsfoolsgoingbbq13 күн мурун
  • And yall want electric cars💀

    Its Legit RyanIts Legit Ryan13 күн мурун
  • Let's start our own country and have no problems at all 🙂

    Crystal GlazaCrystal Glaza13 күн мурун
  • But how are we going to pay for it if we need the money to bomb Syria.

    G LG L14 күн мурун
  • Texas: makes it impossible for the federal government to help Them Also Texas when the federal government doesnt help Them: suprised Pikachu face

    legenden kjær YTlegenden kjær YT14 күн мурун
  • I’m from Dallas and this winter storm was 100x worse than covid ever was here

    DCBJ2011DCBJ201114 күн мурун
  • The Mighty Morphin Texas Ranger should do something about it

    Eko HermiyantoEko Hermiyanto14 күн мурун
  • As someone who lives in the Caribbean, it's so interesting that you guys called 5 C warm 😂

    Glendon CaballeroGlendon Caballero15 күн мурун
  • Preparing for unpredictable and infrequent events? What do you wanna be Germans now!

    Jan SixJan Six15 күн мурун
  • The U.S Government is not obligated to save you. Become a Prepper Today!

    A_A_15 күн мурун
  • can you make a documentary about whats being done to fix this or is nothing being done?

    Mix Crowd TVMix Crowd TV15 күн мурун
  • The rest of the United States maintained our grids, updating them as needed. They say not to mess with Texas. Turns out it's because they are about as tough as tissue paper down there.

    The Dwight MambaThe Dwight Mamba15 күн мурун
    • 😂

      Mark AlcarezMark Alcarez13 күн мурун
  • A once in a 30 year event happens and you blame the power grid for something that doesn't happen almost ever. The grid is built for peak summer time output not winter time and it 's not supposed to be winterized.

    traingp7traingp715 күн мурун
  • This was very interesting. The winter storm that affected Texas has affected the automotive industry as well. Since the factories can't run as normal, parts necessary to assemble vehicles can't be delivered. As a result the other companies have to reduce their production &/or workforce. It is basically a ripple effect.

    Alex MartinezAlex Martinez15 күн мурун
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  • So where the government is going to get this money to rebuild our power grid and infrastructure? Our debt now exceeds GDP. This shows how inept the government is in meeting the needs of the people. When the grid is eventually rebuilt, expect a lot of excess, inefficiencies, politicing, and corruption.

    Pacific BluePacific Blue17 күн мурун
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    Donnie BakerDonnie Baker17 күн мурун
  • When you wanna be in your own world, and suddenly your world is hit with a disaster - it’s your own problem son!

    Master King LeeMaster King Lee17 күн мурун
    • so why do we accept refugees? its not our problem like how you said. California tried to secede but they have tons of wildfires monthly. According to you its not our problem.

      Cant think Of anythingCant think Of anything13 күн мурун
  • Republicans: dur dur dur it really cold for 7 days in texas so climate change a hoax, also it wind mill fault cause mill blow up when get cold

    MuffinTesseeMuffinTessee17 күн мурун
  • They are not used to the cold

    AntiSocialAntiSocial17 күн мурун
  • The managers of the electric companies have all kinds of emergency equipment installed with their huge salaries. For them.. Not for you, suckers..

    eioshen boboieioshen boboi18 күн мурун
    • As a Canadian, when I first saw Texas I was like "Oh! How pretty!"

      eioshen boboieioshen boboi18 күн мурун
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    Kermit The FrogKermit The Frog18 күн мурун
  • I didn't have power for three days, it was so shocking (but not surprising) to learn how much of Texas is behind just to make money for already wealthy people. I lost all my plants, my beloved dog... It was so depressing. I'm from a place where summers hit triple digits normally, I know

    White Elephant ProductionsWhite Elephant Productions18 күн мурун
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  • ❤❤

    lenny kosslenny koss18 күн мурун
  • Texas should just be it’s own country at this point 😒

    Joel ArriagaJoel Arriaga18 күн мурун
  • _“Corona doesn't break the system; Corona exposed a broken system.”_ likewise... _“The snowstorm doesn't break the system; the snowstorm exposed a broken system.”_

    Razian AmiraRazian Amira18 күн мурун
    • What does likewise mean? I know i can ask google but her answers are different

      Orange BoiOrange Boi11 күн мурун
  • Every time Biden picks up a pen he destroys more of the U.S haha. You get what you vote for

    BionxBionx18 күн мурун
  • I lost power because I am in Texas

    Andrew KrizAndrew Kriz19 күн мурун
  • Ha we Canadians run better in the cold

    Tyler PetersTyler Peters19 күн мурун
  • To tell me why I don’t live in Texas but still lost power

    Jason VictorianoJason Victoriano19 күн мурун
  • If the us was smart they would start finding ways to keep up after this big lose

    Daquan McDonaldDaquan McDonald19 күн мурун
  • Excellent. But is anybody listening?

    Steven KlinkhamerSteven Klinkhamer19 күн мурун
  • PRO TIP for future blizzards and freezes: Before the cold hits, shut off your home's water system. Map out your house's water pipelines and make sure you leave at least one or two water faucets trickling. When the freeze rolls over, slowly open your water main and pay attention to your walls and ceilings where the water pipes run. If you notice any leaks or dark spots appearing on your walls, shot off your water and fix it.

    Victor BuiVictor Bui19 күн мурун
    • Good tips and always prudent steps but folks seem to be waiting for someone else to take those precautions.

      David StearnsDavid Stearns11 күн мурун
  • God Bless Generac, Largest distributor is in Houston.

    urgdaddyurgdaddy19 күн мурун
  • Texas well most of Texas is pretty dum no cap no cap

    Relias BrothersRelias Brothers19 күн мурун
  • Even the electrical supply in the US is Just old and a Joke. In Germany a normal Winter night is - 10 °c ( dont know what that in Fahrenheit is, noone uses that exept the US ) and Not one country in Europe has These Problems. The US hat enough time to prepare . But they need to Pay there Money for some new Fighter plane

    HappycrusherHappycrusher19 күн мурун
  • As a Canadian, when I first saw Texas I was like "Oh! How pretty!"

    speedyfireballspeedyfireball19 күн мурун
  • i wanna go hoooooooooome i wanna go hoome! -sandy cheeks

    Alexander WilliamsAlexander Williams19 күн мурун
  • i live in texas and i lost power for a day! and i wont lie it was not fun at all, as soon as the heater in my house had stopped working it got cold with in a few hours it was way below freezing in my town!, my grandmothers pipes busted thankfully it wasn't bad me and my dad got it repaired fast, after that power had come back on and would go out again, and it would do that for 2 days before we deemed it safe to restore our computers!. I will say that it can get cold out here in texas at the normal for my area, it can get down to 32f!, and in the past its got down to 20f before and our grid stayed online, but this last freeze we had was different it hit so fast and hard the grid just couldn't take it!, sorry for the long comment i wanted to share my story of the lone star black out!

    fox gammingfox gamming19 күн мурун
  • Shoutout to Nissan of McKinney lol

    Blake the TankBlake the Tank19 күн мурун
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    Mia KhalifaMia Khalifa19 күн мурун
  • texas.. home of Enron and the great 2021 power failure. The energy state!

    archtrollarchtroll20 күн мурун
  • Vox, is that graph at 5:30 taking inflation into account? Like is that all in current USD?

    YinzerJr79YinzerJr7920 күн мурун
  • In America, as long as something isn't worth it for large companies, it won't happen.

    Bence HBence H20 күн мурун
  • Shouldn't have voted for Conservatives 😂 Bonk!

  • I'm a Texan. Was here in 1989 don't remember anyone we knew losing power like this. After surviving this I just want to know what's going to be done about it. Some died, some barely made it. Some are elderly or sick. Some of us can't afford another storm like this. They want to raise the electricity bills on people already stretched. Some of these people can't afford a decent generator. By the grace of God did my family only lose electricity. If we had lost water or had a pipe burst ....I don't even want to know. If you made it without both much love and respect to you. I pray I never forget this but I want to do something about it.

    MsMeditatingPandaMsMeditatingPanda20 күн мурун
    • the government shut it down due to the new green deal that biden signed as an executive order his first day. Texas can produce enough energy for the Entire World easily but the government shut it down. If Trump was President that volatile weather wouldn't have happened first of all but if it had, the power wouldn't have shut off.

      Darryl DavisDarryl Davis5 күн мурун
  • I live in Texas and why electricity went out 3:21 am Me watching this me ohhhhh

    Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin20 күн мурун
  • Lost power during that. Worst winter of my life, and I grew up in Iowa.

    PriusRajPriusRaj20 күн мурун
  • So we work together, whether we like it or not 😂

    wig smeywig smey20 күн мурун
  • Way to go, Texas!! Yeehaw!!

    Alex TsahalisAlex Tsahalis20 күн мурун
  • Now, why did they go it alone? Greed.

    J GJ G20 күн мурун
  • Still not too late to make it “last months”!

    J GJ G20 күн мурун
  • regulation is good actually

    KendrixTerminaKendrixTermina21 күн мурун
  • Sure you want to stand alone, Lone Star State?

    EdricLysharaeEdricLysharae21 күн мурун
  • One of my friend died because of this

    王思聪是我哥王思聪是我哥21 күн мурун
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  • Texas is God’s own country

    Akshay S. KumarAkshay S. Kumar21 күн мурун
    • @s H nah Israel is Jews country

      Akshay S. KumarAkshay S. Kumar21 күн мурун
    • Interresting. I thought its Israel

      s Hs H21 күн мурун
  • Federal regulations are just part of Big Gov's plan to take away our freedom and money, amirite?? Surely it has nothing to do with common sense and basic logic, right???

    Tardar SauceTardar Sauce22 күн мурун
    • Well the states with regulations, didnt had any problems

      s Hs H21 күн мурун
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    Pawit NinnabodeePawit Ninnabodee22 күн мурун
  • Anything goes now a days.

    Agustina ChappellAgustina Chappell22 күн мурун
  • This country really needs a revamp on a whole lot of things. Also and somehow they want us to go full electric I don't get it

    Captain CJ 97Captain CJ 9722 күн мурун
    • Solar Panels and giant battery’s. Tesla already has them.

      Zombie KingZombie King19 күн мурун
  • FYI usually between January and February it's always the coldest months of the year....

    bocoy noiubocoy noiu22 күн мурун
    • she will bake and freeze vast majoirity of both human and animal populations into extinction until a new balance is formed. I see a new ice age coming and mass famine. We

      bocoy noiubocoy noiu22 күн мурун
  • Stop spending on the military and use that money on our infrastructure

    MrHardkohrMrHardkohr22 күн мурун
    • this is a texas issue

      allen liuallen liu21 күн мурун
  • yeah warning folks not to vote g o p .

    tim kahntim kahn22 күн мурун
  • Spongebob was right.

    Jacob DennisJacob Dennis22 күн мурун
  • Ca. last August was also moments away from an area-by-area brown-out, they had to buy electricity from Az to keep from browning out, so much for water for the raging wildfires. Ca. is removing power plants every year, not just shutting them off but removing them.

    jim carsonjim carson22 күн мурун
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  • They say Texas decided to stay independent and free from regulations as if it’s a bad thing.

    The Writer AlexThe Writer Alex23 күн мурун
  • “Just join the national power grid! You’re not allowed to be sovereign in any way! This way China can cut the ENTIRE countries power!”

    The Writer AlexThe Writer Alex23 күн мурун
  • At least it's not as bad as California.

    Dylan ThompsonDylan Thompson23 күн мурун
  • 5:00 Uh oh Texas, looks like the GOVERMENT gonna need do some ENFORCEMENT.

    dcoog anmldcoog anml23 күн мурун
  • They have no electricity😯😯

    Mitha ParhiMitha Parhi23 күн мурун
  • So even where the more regulated regions regulation do not achieve its goals we say need more regulations.... Why no companies develops their system? Are their leaders evil, or maybe just not worth spend much of money to an installation which could be shut down by any populist politican? Or if you cant put on the price of your customers? Yes, Texas show the vulnaribilty of the system: you need as big grid as you can, and yes, companies dont do developments if they feel theirselves too secure (they are the only providers) or they are too unsecure (regulators can anytime shut down) or just the regulators “forget” to pay the cost of their regulations.

    Gábor ÓcsaiGábor Ócsai23 күн мурун
    • our power grid is going to fail in the next 20 years... it’s arguably a bigger and more immediate threat to our country’s survival than climate change is right now

      dcoog anmldcoog anml23 күн мурун
  • There have been so many advertising for Texas the past couple years. Now, here are some facts and reality.

    Birdie GBirdie G23 күн мурун