The Texas power failure during winter storms was caused by deregulation, not green energy, writes Chauncey K. Robinson of People's World. The state's energy providers didn't make precautions for such cold weather conditions because it was seen as too expensive during warmer times and regulations didn't require it. Additionally, to avoid federal regulation, Texas intentionally separated its power grid from neighboring states, making importing energy during emergencies impossible. Wind and solar energy only account for 10% of the state's power grid. This mess was created by profit-driven de-regulation.
Texas's power outages during a deep freeze were caused by dependence on renewable energy, argues Kevin D. Williamson in the New York Post. While the state produces huge amounts of gas, there was underinvestment in vital infrastructure like pipelines and winterizing equipment. Instead, Texas has invested a lot in renewable energy technology, which failed during the winter storm as wind turbines froze and solar panels were covered in snow. Around 40% of the power outages were caused by renewable energy failures. More reliable energy sources are needed in such extreme weather conditions.