Texas's power disaster is a warning sign for the US

America's power grid is not ready.
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In February, extreme cold and an unusual winter storm left millions of Texans in the dark. Many went without power or water, in subzero temperatures, for nearly five days. It was a disaster; dozens died. But even though that storm hit much of the country, the power outages were mostly limited to Texas. That’s because Texas is on its own electrical grid, separate from the rest of the country, which means it can’t easily get power from other states in an emergency.
But Texas's grid itself is not what failed. Power went out across Texas in the first place because energy sources across the state were unprepared for severe weather. And that didn’t have to happen; Texas had been warned about this exact scenario, and had actually experienced versions of it twice in the last 30 years. But they didn’t prepare.
Now the rest of the US faces the same issue. Climate change is making severe weather disasters more and more frequent. And the American energy system is not ready for it.
Read more about what happened in Texas and about the US electrical grid: www.vox.com/22289517/texas-storm-uri-weather-power-outage-snow
And check out more coverage of the Texas power crisis from the Texas Tribune: www.texastribune.org/2021/02/22/texas-power-grid-extreme-weather/
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  • Vox
    VoxVor Monat

    One proposal for fixing the US grid: weave the divided power systems into a single national power grid. One study suggests it could save consumers as much as $47.2 billion a year through increased efficiency and cheaper renewable energy. Read more on Vox: bit.ly/30duu7d

  • R Flo

    R Flo

    Vor 9 Tage

    Yeah and in California they shut off your power in the summer on purpose.

  • RockDinosaur


    Vor 21 Tag

    @Soaring Wings Second Stage The storm and failures to plan were an attempt to prevent an illegal and traitorous secession effort? Sure, makes sense - Texas is great.

  • Sam Dittfach

    Sam Dittfach

    Vor 21 Tag

    I live 2 miles from a nuclear power plant south of Fort Worth so I had power

  • tixximmi1


    Vor 28 Tage

    This wouldn't work. Need to de-centralize. 100 grids would be better. Solar and wind failed.

  • Spade


    Vor Monat

    Good plan but we should note that a good load of politicians focus on their allies needs, so it’s extremely unlikely this’ll occur unfortunatly

  • Jackson Flowers
    Jackson FlowersVor 2 Stunden

    Texas: freaks out over 2 inches of snow. Wisconsin: ah, we got 10 inches, big deal

  • Awalee to c Dr uc Bulle
    Awalee to c Dr uc BulleVor 2 Stunden

    We told them years ago and they design trash systems of wrong power design grids . All. Over money . USA will be on Fire for bad design systems

  • John Naylor
    John NaylorVor 22 Stunden

    The US grid certainly needs attention .... but the situation in Texas was and is driven by greed and politics. The management of ERCOT is as corrupt and dishonest as Ted Cruz and his bunch. They were directly responsible for the problems during the freeze and the 2nd power crisis this week.

  • Some Toad
    Some ToadVor Tag

    I remember that time My family lost electricity for 2 days Some people didn’t even receive water

  • Hatuletoh
    HatuletohVor Tag

    Wait, this can't be right. As everyone knows, private industry ALWAYS does everything better than the government, and they do it best of all when the government doesn't impede them with wasteful "regulations" and "standards." Thus sayeth St. Ronald of Reagan, the patron saint of deregulation, anti-communism, voodoo economics, deficit spending, imaginary space lasers, and American mornings. So clearly the reason Texas had no power and some people froze to death wasn't because private industry failed, it must have been due to some sort of governmental interference. Maybe the Texas legislators should have made those voluntary industry preparedness standards, um...more voluntary? In any case, the situation is just more evidence that profit-driven organizations are the best purveyors of basic services and the fundamental resources needed to survive, and if their customers aren't satisfied, they can fire their electric company and take their business elsewhere (if they actually have the option to change utility providers, and if they don't freeze to death during the blackouts, of course). Beer, steers, and blackouts!

  • Edgewater Channel
    Edgewater ChannelVor 2 Tage

    The Movie '2012' happened in Texas.

  • kusinerna fryklund
    kusinerna fryklundVor 2 Tage

    America isn't as great anymore. In the 50 and the 70 we built so much things that made us superior. Now these things are getting old.

  • 21 Manpreet Singh
    21 Manpreet SinghVor 2 Tage

    In short Communism can sometimes be good

  • Jaymir Bergrok
    Jaymir BergrokVor 2 Tage

    merica be like:OH NO anyway

  • Sterling Archer
    Sterling ArcherVor 3 Tage

    This video doesn't mention the power companies that monopolize the electricity in certain counties.

  • Lightning Razz Gaming
    Lightning Razz GamingVor 5 Tage

    I am watching this video with my tablet right now and I charged my tablet yesterday.


    I life in Texas

    BINARYGODVor 7 Tage

    Send this to every right and centrist person who thinks Bidens infrastructure bill is too much or just right - it isn't even close to being enough.

  • Agent Pelly 1
    Agent Pelly 1Vor 7 Tage

    I was in Texas during the winter storm I nearly lost power for 5 days it was like bad so I went to my aunt home because she had power so yea it was bad for me winter storm

  • Spectacular Spaghetti
    Spectacular SpaghettiVor 8 Tage

    As a Scandinavian, it blows my mind how a state in the US cant handle cold weathers, as this country is so powerful and stuff. Even the best can make big mistakes.

  • TW Ray

    TW Ray

    Vor 3 Tage

    Depends on where you are. Where I am in Illinois, we can. Here in central Illinois, we can get down to 0 F, which would be -17 C. We don't like it, but we can deal with it relatively easily. But in Texas where the worse outages were, they don't get below freezing at all nine years out of 10. It isn't routine for them. And without federal regulations to force them, the private companies had nothing to push them to prep for something that might happen in 10 years.

  • Darryl Davis
    Darryl DavisVor 9 Tage

    If Donald Trump was president the Power wouldn't have been limited by the green deal.

  • Darryl Davis
    Darryl DavisVor 9 Tage

    the government commission shut it down due to the new green deal that biden signed as an executive order his first day. Texas can produce enough energy for the Entire World easily but the government shut it down.

  • Darryl Davis

    Darryl Davis

    Vor 8 Tage

    @pierocks45 you're probably a devil worshiper

  • Darryl Davis

    Darryl Davis

    Vor 8 Tage

    @pierocks45 Yes, Do you have a brain? You're the government, How do you fix it so that there will never be a power outage again? go. You won't answer cause you know that it's political and all the grids are under Federal Regulation.

  • pierocks45


    Vor 8 Tage

    do you have a brain?

  • pomelofromchina
    pomelofromchinaVor 10 Tage

    Schlüsselindustrien enteignen!

  • aiden caldwell
    aiden caldwellVor 10 Tage

    Good thing we had the better idea because we had food and water

  • Coldfusionstorm Gaming
    Coldfusionstorm GamingVor 11 Tage

    Texans was killed by Texans because they wanted to save money for their power grid and enrich the already rich. Don't whitewash it. You had 50 years of warnings. again and again now people died. if you're reading this congratulations you were either lucky or rich enough to avoid dying.

  • john piers
    john piersVor 11 Tage

    But when you think about it Texas maybe the safest state in terms of energy. It may suffer occasionally like this but if something was to hit those huge power grids in the east and west, it possible all major cities would be affected except in Texas.

  • Nick L
    Nick LVor 12 Tage

    Business needs to stop putting profit over life. Never forget how valuable YOU are. If you do something right from the start there wouldn’t be problems.

  • Pyro
    PyroVor 12 Tage

    In the map they show in the beginning, New York and New Jersey are merged

  • Adam Place
    Adam PlaceVor 13 Tage

    The experiment in privatization has failed.

  • Pebbs800
    Pebbs800Vor 14 Tage

    interesting how vox decided to not include that texas submitted a request to the EPA to increase power output for this storm before the fact but it was denied by the federal government

  • koen Armstrong
    koen ArmstrongVor 15 Tage

    Wow it looks like the climate is changing🧐 It’s not gonna matter when half the world is under water and everybody has to find a new place to live or worse. Hopefully not

  • Hab N
    Hab NVor 15 Tage

    there has been a literal power outage in California and I am scared.

  • DarkChocolate33
    DarkChocolate33Vor 15 Tage

    Am I the only one that noticed that Vox spelled the video wrong? Feel like it should be Texas' instead of Texas's.

  • Jeremiah Muñoz
    Jeremiah MuñozVor 16 Tage

    Texas: *Im so not used to this i think i need more Help, we arent used to Winter* Russia, Canada, and Nordic countries: *AMATUERS*

  • Nick L
    Nick LVor 16 Tage

    The evil people left there most helpful state astray. They do not gaf about us.

  • Devilsfoolsgoingbbq
    DevilsfoolsgoingbbqVor 17 Tage

    i feel like the planned parenthood building is atracting catastrophes upon texas, dont see a bright future to the land.

  • Its Legit Ryan
    Its Legit RyanVor 17 Tage

    And yall want electric cars💀

  • Crystal Glaza
    Crystal GlazaVor 17 Tage

    Let's start our own country and have no problems at all 🙂

  • G L
    G LVor 17 Tage

    But how are we going to pay for it if we need the money to bomb Syria.

  • legenden kjær YT
    legenden kjær YTVor 17 Tage

    Texas: makes it impossible for the federal government to help Them Also Texas when the federal government doesnt help Them: suprised Pikachu face

  • DCBJ2011
    DCBJ2011Vor 17 Tage

    I’m from Dallas and this winter storm was 100x worse than covid ever was here

  • Eko Hermiyanto
    Eko HermiyantoVor 18 Tage

    The Mighty Morphin Texas Ranger should do something about it

  • Glendon Caballero
    Glendon CaballeroVor 18 Tage

    As someone who lives in the Caribbean, it's so interesting that you guys called 5 C warm 😂

  • Jan Six
    Jan SixVor 18 Tage

    Preparing for unpredictable and infrequent events? What do you wanna be Germans now!

  • A_
    A_Vor 18 Tage

    The U.S Government is not obligated to save you. Become a Prepper Today!

  • Mix Crowd TV
    Mix Crowd TVVor 18 Tage

    can you make a documentary about whats being done to fix this or is nothing being done?

  • The Dwight Mamba
    The Dwight MambaVor 18 Tage

    The rest of the United States maintained our grids, updating them as needed. They say not to mess with Texas. Turns out it's because they are about as tough as tissue paper down there.

  • Mark Alcarez

    Mark Alcarez

    Vor 16 Tage


  • traingp7
    traingp7Vor 19 Tage

    A once in a 30 year event happens and you blame the power grid for something that doesn't happen almost ever. The grid is built for peak summer time output not winter time and it 's not supposed to be winterized.

  • Alex Martinez
    Alex MartinezVor 19 Tage

    This was very interesting. The winter storm that affected Texas has affected the automotive industry as well. Since the factories can't run as normal, parts necessary to assemble vehicles can't be delivered. As a result the other companies have to reduce their production &/or workforce. It is basically a ripple effect.

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    nathan bainesVor 19 Tage


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    Alia SchnarrVor 20 Tage

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  • A B
    A BVor 20 Tage

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  • Pacific Blue
    Pacific BlueVor 20 Tage

    So where the government is going to get this money to rebuild our power grid and infrastructure? Our debt now exceeds GDP. This shows how inept the government is in meeting the needs of the people. When the grid is eventually rebuilt, expect a lot of excess, inefficiencies, politicing, and corruption.

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    Donnie BakerVor 20 Tage

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  • Master King Lee
    Master King LeeVor 20 Tage

    When you wanna be in your own world, and suddenly your world is hit with a disaster - it’s your own problem son!

  • Cant think Of anything

    Cant think Of anything

    Vor 17 Tage

    so why do we accept refugees? its not our problem like how you said. California tried to secede but they have tons of wildfires monthly. According to you its not our problem.

  • MuffinTessee
    MuffinTesseeVor 21 Tag

    Republicans: dur dur dur it really cold for 7 days in texas so climate change a hoax, also it wind mill fault cause mill blow up when get cold

  • AntiSocial
    AntiSocialVor 21 Tag

    They are not used to the cold

  • eioshen boboi
    eioshen boboiVor 21 Tag

    The managers of the electric companies have all kinds of emergency equipment installed with their huge salaries. For them.. Not for you, suckers..

  • eioshen boboi

    eioshen boboi

    Vor 21 Tag

    As a Canadian, when I first saw Texas I was like "Oh! How pretty!"

  • Kermit The Frog
    Kermit The FrogVor 21 Tag


  • White Elephant Productions
    White Elephant ProductionsVor 22 Tage

    I didn't have power for three days, it was so shocking (but not surprising) to learn how much of Texas is behind just to make money for already wealthy people. I lost all my plants, my beloved dog... It was so depressing. I'm from a place where summers hit triple digits normally, I know

  • Ace Faletti
    Ace FalettiVor 22 Tage

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  • lenny koss
    lenny kossVor 22 Tage


  • Joel Arriaga
    Joel ArriagaVor 22 Tage

    Texas should just be it’s own country at this point 😒

  • Razian Amira
    Razian AmiraVor 22 Tage

    _“Corona doesn't break the system; Corona exposed a broken system.”_ likewise... _“The snowstorm doesn't break the system; the snowstorm exposed a broken system.”_

  • Orange Boi

    Orange Boi

    Vor 14 Tage

    What does likewise mean? I know i can ask google but her answers are different

  • M R
    M RVor 22 Tage

    Every time Biden picks up a pen he destroys more of the U.S haha. You get what you vote for

  • Andrew Kriz
    Andrew KrizVor 22 Tage

    I lost power because I am in Texas

  • Tyler Peters
    Tyler PetersVor 22 Tage

    Ha we Canadians run better in the cold

  • Jason Victoriano
    Jason VictorianoVor 22 Tage

    To tell me why I don’t live in Texas but still lost power

  • Daquan McDonald
    Daquan McDonaldVor 22 Tage

    If the us was smart they would start finding ways to keep up after this big lose

  • Steven Klinkhamer
    Steven KlinkhamerVor 22 Tage

    Excellent. But is anybody listening?

  • Victor Bui
    Victor BuiVor 22 Tage

    PRO TIP for future blizzards and freezes: Before the cold hits, shut off your home's water system. Map out your house's water pipelines and make sure you leave at least one or two water faucets trickling. When the freeze rolls over, slowly open your water main and pay attention to your walls and ceilings where the water pipes run. If you notice any leaks or dark spots appearing on your walls, shot off your water and fix it.

  • David Stearns

    David Stearns

    Vor 14 Tage

    Good tips and always prudent steps but folks seem to be waiting for someone else to take those precautions.

  • urgdaddy
    urgdaddyVor 22 Tage

    God Bless Generac, Largest distributor is in Houston.

  • Relias Brothers
    Relias BrothersVor 22 Tage

    Texas well most of Texas is pretty dum no cap no cap

  • Happycrusher
    HappycrusherVor 22 Tage

    Even the electrical supply in the US is Just old and a Joke. In Germany a normal Winter night is - 10 °c ( dont know what that in Fahrenheit is, noone uses that exept the US ) and Not one country in Europe has These Problems. The US hat enough time to prepare . But they need to Pay there Money for some new Fighter plane

  • speedyfireball
    speedyfireballVor 22 Tage

    As a Canadian, when I first saw Texas I was like "Oh! How pretty!"

  • Alexander Williams
    Alexander WilliamsVor 23 Tage

    i wanna go hoooooooooome i wanna go hoome! -sandy cheeks

  • fox gamming
    fox gammingVor 23 Tage

    i live in texas and i lost power for a day! and i wont lie it was not fun at all, as soon as the heater in my house had stopped working it got cold with in a few hours it was way below freezing in my town!, my grandmothers pipes busted thankfully it wasn't bad me and my dad got it repaired fast, after that power had come back on and would go out again, and it would do that for 2 days before we deemed it safe to restore our computers!. I will say that it can get cold out here in texas at the normal for my area, it can get down to 32f!, and in the past its got down to 20f before and our grid stayed online, but this last freeze we had was different it hit so fast and hard the grid just couldn't take it!, sorry for the long comment i wanted to share my story of the lone star black out!

  • Blake the Tank
    Blake the TankVor 23 Tage

    Shoutout to Nissan of McKinney lol

  • Mia Khalifa
    Mia KhalifaVor 23 Tage

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  • archtroll
    archtrollVor 23 Tage

    texas.. home of Enron and the great 2021 power failure. The energy state!

  • YinzerJr79
    YinzerJr79Vor 23 Tage

    Vox, is that graph at 5:30 taking inflation into account? Like is that all in current USD?

  • Bence H
    Bence HVor 23 Tage

    In America, as long as something isn't worth it for large companies, it won't happen.

    ANIMATION WEB 3Vor 23 Tage

    Shouldn't have voted for Conservatives 😂 Bonk!

  • MsMeditatingPanda
    MsMeditatingPandaVor 23 Tage

    I'm a Texan. Was here in 1989 don't remember anyone we knew losing power like this. After surviving this I just want to know what's going to be done about it. Some died, some barely made it. Some are elderly or sick. Some of us can't afford another storm like this. They want to raise the electricity bills on people already stretched. Some of these people can't afford a decent generator. By the grace of God did my family only lose electricity. If we had lost water or had a pipe burst ....I don't even want to know. If you made it without both much love and respect to you. I pray I never forget this but I want to do something about it.

  • Tyrell Yutani

    Tyrell Yutani

    Vor 28 Minuten

    @Darryl Davis LOL ah no Texas sold the power to other states and when they came up short they cut domestic power rather than default on the contracts. Texans paid the price.

  • Darryl Davis

    Darryl Davis

    Vor 9 Tage

    the government shut it down due to the new green deal that biden signed as an executive order his first day. Texas can produce enough energy for the Entire World easily but the government shut it down. If Trump was President that volatile weather wouldn't have happened first of all but if it had, the power wouldn't have shut off.

  • Vladimir Putin
    Vladimir PutinVor 23 Tage

    I live in Texas and why electricity went out 3:21 am Me watching this me ohhhhh

  • PriusRaj
    PriusRajVor 23 Tage

    Lost power during that. Worst winter of my life, and I grew up in Iowa.

  • wig smey
    wig smeyVor 23 Tage

    So we work together, whether we like it or not 😂

  • Alex Tsahalis
    Alex TsahalisVor 23 Tage

    Way to go, Texas!! Yeehaw!!

  • J G
    J GVor 24 Tage

    Now, why did they go it alone? Greed.

  • J G
    J GVor 24 Tage

    Still not too late to make it “last months”!

  • KendrixTermina
    KendrixTerminaVor 24 Tage

    regulation is good actually

  • EdricLysharae
    EdricLysharaeVor 24 Tage

    Sure you want to stand alone, Lone Star State?

  • 王思聪是我哥
    王思聪是我哥Vor 24 Tage

    One of my friend died because of this

  • alenworkar345 misse456
    alenworkar345 misse456Vor 24 Tage

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  • Akshay S. Kumar
    Akshay S. KumarVor 24 Tage

    Texas is God’s own country

  • Akshay S. Kumar

    Akshay S. Kumar

    Vor 24 Tage

    @s H nah Israel is Jews country

  • s H

    s H

    Vor 24 Tage

    Interresting. I thought its Israel

  • Tardar Sauce
    Tardar SauceVor 25 Tage

    Federal regulations are just part of Big Gov's plan to take away our freedom and money, amirite?? Surely it has nothing to do with common sense and basic logic, right???

  • s H

    s H

    Vor 24 Tage

    Well the states with regulations, didnt had any problems

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    Pawit NinnabodeeVor 25 Tage

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  • Agustina Chappell
    Agustina ChappellVor 25 Tage

    Anything goes now a days.

  • Captain CJ 97
    Captain CJ 97Vor 25 Tage

    This country really needs a revamp on a whole lot of things. Also and somehow they want us to go full electric I don't get it

  • Zombie King

    Zombie King

    Vor 22 Tage

    Solar Panels and giant battery’s. Tesla already has them.

  • bocoy noiu
    bocoy noiuVor 25 Tage

    FYI usually between January and February it's always the coldest months of the year....

  • bocoy noiu

    bocoy noiu

    Vor 25 Tage

    she will bake and freeze vast majoirity of both human and animal populations into extinction until a new balance is formed. I see a new ice age coming and mass famine. We

  • MrHardkohr
    MrHardkohrVor 25 Tage

    Stop spending on the military and use that money on our infrastructure

  • allen liu

    allen liu

    Vor 24 Tage

    this is a texas issue

  • tim kahn
    tim kahnVor 25 Tage

    yeah warning folks not to vote g o p .

  • Jacob Dennis
    Jacob DennisVor 25 Tage

    Spongebob was right.