O’Rourke Calls on Abbott to Accept Responsibility
After Gov. Greg Abbott attempted to blame renewable energy for the power outages in Texas, former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke (TX-D) criticized the Republican governor for dodging responsibility.
The winter storm that hit the central US this past weekend has already killed at least 30 people, disrupted vaccine distribution and left millions without power. Subfreezing temperatures caused failures at natural gas and coal-powered plants, yet conservatives across the nation have attempted to blame renewable energy sources. Abbott likened the current situation in Texas to what would occur if the Green New Deal were to take effect.
“This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America,” stated Abbott on Tuesday. “Our wind and our solar got shut down, and they were collectively more than 10 percent of our power grid, and that thrust Texas into a situation where it was lacking power on a statewide basis… It just shows that fossil fuel is necessary.”
The former congressman and potential gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke wrote on Twitter, “You’re the governor of a state where millions don’t have power, where people are literally dying of exposure, and you go on Fox news to talk about… the Green New Deal? You are the governor. Your party has run Texas for 20 years. Accept responsibility & help us get out of this.”