Monday, February 22, 2021

WINTER STORM - The Consequences

"Millions remain without power in frigid temperatures after major winter stormPBS NewsHour 2/16/2021


SUMMARY:  Millions of American remained without power in frigid temperatures Tuesday as the U.S. continues to grapple with the effects of a major storm.  The demand for energy is taxing power grids, most significantly in Texas.  Stephanie Sy speaks with Michael Wara, director of the Climate and Energy Policy program at the Stanford University Woods Institute for the Environment, to learn more.



"Americans grapple with historic weather, with much of the U.S. still locked in deep freezePBS NewsHour 2/17/2021


SUMMARY:  Most of the nation is still locked in the deep freeze as a polar vortex that swept south is holding sway, claiming at least 30 lives and keeping the power off for more than 3 million people.  Stephanie Sy reports, and speaks to Mayor Harry LaRosiliere of Plano, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Mayor David Holt about how the weather is impacting their cities.



"After brutalizing much of the U.S., storm surge shines a spotlight on disparitiesPBS NewsHour 2/18/2021


SUMMARY:  The storms that have descended on much of the country, and their after-effects, have hit vulnerable groups the hardest, especially communities of color.  Dr. Robert Bullard, a professor at Texas Southern University who focuses on wealth and racial disparities related to the environment, joins Stephanie Sy from Sugar Land, Texas to discuss.



"Power largely restored in Texas, but millions remain without drinking waterPBS NewsHour 2/19/2021


SUMMARY:  The lights are back on in much of Texas, but for millions the water isn't working.  It is the latest crisis in a grinding week of winter storms that have claimed at least 60 lives.  Stephanie Sy reports, and speaks to Dr. Esmaeil Porsa, president and CEO of Harris Health System in the Houston area, to learn more about how water outages are severely impacting hospitals.



"Recovery may take months even as more help reaches storm-hit TexasPBS NewsHour 2/20/2021


SUMMARY:  President Biden declares a disaster in Texas on Saturday, allowing affected Texans to apply for emergency grants for housing and low-cost loans to cover losses from the winter storm, which has left millions in the state without heat, power and water.  For more on community impact and response to the winter storm, Hari Sreenivasan spoke with Texas U.S. Representative Colin Allred from Dallas.

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