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Texas blackouts: how a state celebrated for independence went into deep freeze

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Temperatures plunged to below freezing plate on Valentine’s Day in Texas, and much of the state was soon covered with four to six inches of powdery snow that many Texans had never seen before. The snow looked so out of place in my parents’ garden just south of Austin, piled on the cacti and agave.

But soon after the excitement of a snow day wore off, Texans were left with the worst energy crisis the state has seen in decades. Unprecedented energy demand as people tried to keep warm paired with the deep freeze caused Texas’ power grid to collapse, leaving millions without power or heat for days as temperatures stayed below freezing.

Independence and self-reliance are two of Texas’ most celebrated characteristics, but they also played a role in the massive energy failure last week. Unlike other U.S. states, Texas has its own grid, existing as an island between the country’s other two........

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