In a recent interview, Texas Representative Greg Casar (D) sat down to address the climate crisis and the Texas grid and how Texas should respond to the issue.
"Whether we’re in the middle of a heat wave or a winter storm, Texas should be able to keep the lights on. That’s why I’m drafting federal legislation to require Texas to connect to the national grids."
Whether we’re in the middle of a heat wave or a winter storm, Texas should be able to keep the lights on. 💡
That’s why I’m drafting federal legislation to require Texas to connect to the national grids.
— Congressman Greg Casar (@RepCasar) September 12, 2023
"I think everybody who's getting the text message, like me, to turn down your power knows the grid hasn't been fixed. We just got an emergency alert last night, the kind we haven't seen since the winter storm. And unfortunately, with the climate crisis, things are only going to get hotter in the summers. And so we've got to prepare for this," said Rep. Casar.
The Texas representative called for unity in the political sphere as well as a shift in policy from serving big corporations.
"We have to stop playing the political blame game. We have to stop playing to the biggest corporate interests that want to have a monopoly in this state and do the right thing, interconnect to the grid. It will save us billions of dollars. It will save us from these kinds of blackouts, and it will actually be good for our economy. I'm drafting up the first bill ever in the Congress to finally require that interconnection," continued Rep. Casar.
In other news, Former White House official and Trump ally Peter Navarro was recently found guilty of contempt of Congress.
The contempt charges stem from Navarro’s refusal to comply with the congressional investigation of the January 6 Capitol riot that resulted in a violent attack.
The former official’s verdict came after a judge found that his claims about an alleged stolen election were unsubstantiated and lacking evidence.
“Peter Navarro made a choice. He chose not to abide by the congressional subpoena,” prosecutor Elizabeth Aloi said.
Aloi stated that Navarro willingly chose to not cooperate with the investigation, based on his ties to the former president.
“The defendant chose allegiance to former President Donald Trump over compliance to the subpoena,” said Aloi.
Navarro stated that he would appeal the case which would eventually end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Navarro’s case is set for January 12, 2024. Each of his contempt of Congress charges could cause him to face up to a year in jail.