ICYMI: Entire Houston Chronicle Editorial Board Condemns Abbott For Making $ 1 Million From February Power Outages
AUSTIN, Texas – Over the weekend, the Houston Chronicle slammed Gov. Greg Abbott for the biggest scandal in current Texas politics, posting a scathing editorial from the entire editorial board titled “We Frozen and Abbott Was Paid $ 1 Million By Fatal Storm Texas Profiting Billionaire.” Editorial highlights Abbott’s acceptance of a million-dollar check from energy mogul Kelcy Warren, which made billions of dollars on February’s blackouts as Texans froze to death in their homes – as well as Abbott’s continued refusal to fix the power grid and prevent a similar situation. the catastrophe does not happen again.
For months, advocates and Democrats have sounded the alarm bells both about Abbott’s refusal to fix the network and protect Texans, and the political and financial motivations behind that refusal. The summer’s strong demand for electricity has already caused multiple blackouts, underscoring the fragility of the grid and the extreme likelihood that Texans will be forced to face another disaster. While it was very clear from the start that Abbott’s inaction made this disaster happen, the massive donation brings a new depth to Abbott’s complicity in the disaster, which claimed the lives of more. of 700 people.
More than Houston Chronicle:
“On June 23, Warren wrote a check to Abbott’s re-election campaign for $ 1 million. It’s the biggest check Warren has ever given to a Texas politician, according to campaign finance reports. And that’s four times the usual gift of $ 250,000 that Abbott receives from his trusted benefactor in Dallas almost every year since he was elected governor in 2014….
“After the regular session of the Legislative Assembly, Abbott enacted a body of legislation that would have tightened regulation of the state’s woefully compromised power grid. “Everything that needed to be done was done to fix the Texas power grid,” the governor proclaimed at a bill signing ceremony in early June.
“It was hard not to laugh at the governor’s bogus and serious remarks, especially when the grill nearly collapsed again shortly after under the weight of the early summer heat. Everything was not done to repair the grid. Sleeping the utility industry, including oil and gas, was a higher priority. “
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa made the following statement:
“More than 700 Texans died in power outages in February, while millions more suffered in the dark and cold for days. Texans are still grappling with the costs of repairing damaged homes and cars, and are paying extra on monthly utility bills to offset soaring prices. Any leader with an ounce of decency will fight tooth and nail to ensure that nothing like this happens again. But it’s not Greg Abbott. Instead, our failed and disgraced governor accepted a million dollar check from a donor who made over $ 2 billion on consumers’ backs when electricity prices rose during the storm. It is more than shameful.
“Greg Abbott is the definition of a politician who is there for himself. He didn’t just let us die in the winter storm, he made money out of it. Now, with the rise of COVID-19 in our communities, Abbott is once again abandoning us to disaster for its own personal gain, preventing local governments from protecting people in order to bend to his right-wing base. As long as Abbott is in power, he will continue to sell us and fail our state, and Texans will continue to suffer. We will not forget.