Washington, D.C. — Today, President Joe Biden traveled to Houston, Texas to tour recovery efforts after severe winter storms fueled by climate change devastated the state, leading to at least 32 deaths, power outages for 3.4 million people, and skyrocketing energy bills

The President met with Republican Governor Gregg Abbott and other local leaders at the Harris County Emergency Operations Center to discuss the devastation of winter storm Uri and ongoing recovery efforts. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner warned that we are still weeks away from knowing the true cost of Uri’s impact on homes and businesses. 

“What happened in Texas is a preview of what the climate crisis will look like — coast to coast —  if we fail to make transformational infrastructure investments now, ” said Lori Lodes, Executive Director of Climate Power. “President Biden knows we have to build back better and work  together towards a clean energy future that will protect the communities most vulnerable to climate change and create millions of good-paying union jobs across the country. ”

Texas has been devastated year after year by the climate crisis, with the state experiencing severe hurricanes, flooding, and winter weather. Even as the climate crisis makes extreme weather events more intense and more frequent, many Texas legislators continue denying the reality of climate change and ignoring science. Instead of following the science, these deniers put the needs of their fossil fuel donors first, offering no solutions to combat climate change and refusing to modernize our failing infrastructure, as their constituents pay the price of their inaction.

After years of neglect, the Texas electrical grid collapsed, knocking out power in much of Texas after natural gas, coal, and nuclear generators failed. These failures were caused by Texas climate deniers’ lack of investment, deregulation, and their repeated failure to prepare for extreme weather events.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We have a once in generation opportunity to invest boldly to modernize our infrastructure to meet the demands of climate change, while creating millions of good paying union jobs in the process. Now more than ever before, we have a chance to move away from unreliable oil, gas, and coal towards a sustainable future, under a President that recognizes the climate crisis and is willing to take bold action and lead. The price of inaction is far too high. 

Below  is more information on clean energy and the need to invest in  infrastructure now:

Additionally, below is the most up-to-date data  on the devastating consequences of Winter Storm Uri in Texas: