Texas faces power grid emergency

The Austin, Texas, mayor speaks on the winter weather emergency and how it is impacting the power grid.
2:59 | 02/17/21

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And mayor Steve Adler of Austin, Texas joins me now for more on this and mayor what's the situation like hair in Austin what are you seeing and what challenges are you facing. Slower. Zero charities is pretty call from dealers share frustrated. Use any reason. It's our action you know we have over five feet people who zany about how harsh. Still allowed three you know you about a third of our customers Austin energy are without power bush possibly going to see our Schwab is pretty Syrian crisis. I have evidence jealousy can tell us learn it generation czar Karl option so we're looking at having to the city doing this she people's aid is pressing her brother's. Today she's three days. I can you explain a little bit about why texas' power grid is providing extra challenges here. A variety energy challenges most extreme right and ready for winter and an accident eighty degree Cuomo who zero currency period are. I. You know frankly I think every new put so much and happy deregulated system where cash rather priority is just a variety power the lowest possible bright fresh you just senator people who invested the protections that are necessary action in order to ensure against Chinese prisoners. And I think that's where rupiah now. That do you think if state leaders could have done more to prevent this. I think state leaders have. Tunes up more protecting us I think I worry Tyler getting answers are why we're in a position area as well bush. Media assurances the action you're sure we're hearing you know. So what are those actions what does the stay eighteen to do to make sure this doesn't happen again. You know I'm not sure. And yeah. He finished he's to harm our system should we have to respect the right to have an increasing number of these extreme weather situations. Europe and it appears now this time it was frigid winters aren't getting to its knees every every ten years. And I are an accident with W increased frequency so we have. The harder to get our systems ready to be a deal with this. And in the meantime mayor in times like these we do see people come together how are the people of Texas helping each other through this. You know eyewitness. Her arms from shelter to shelter last rites should I unity and Austin. We have volunteers understandings orders our create your man bush shop owners are worried stations and even charging stations we have people who are forward and try Irish that are getting people are Algerian people from one place Super Tuesday her clients. We have people who error. So is the bright spot in times like this Austin mayor Steve Adler we appreciate your time this morning good luck to you sir. You very much.

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