Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer disparaged and mocked Texas on Sunday as the Lone Star State battles the crisis triggered by record-breaking winter weather last week.
"Texas is the only state in the continental US to run its own stand-alone electricity grid and had not been forced to weatherize because it is not subject to federal oversight."
"The bottom line is, Texas thought it could go it alone and built a system that ignored climate change," Schumer said while speaking in Manhattan, the New York Post reported. https://nypost.com/2021/02/21/chuck-schumer-rips-texas-for-ignoring-climate-change/
"It was not what's called resilient, and now Texas is paying the price," he mocked. "I hope they learned a lesson."
"When we build power, when we build anything now, we have to take into account that climate change is real, or people will have to be caught the way the people in Texas were," Schumer said.
"When I wrote the [Hurricane] Sandy bill, $60 billion for New York, we made sure everything was resilient," he added. "When they built back the subways, built back this, built back that, they were going to be resistant to climate changes, and we have to do that."