Tuning into @DSAecosocialism's #TexasFreeze 101 webinar. Our TX comrades are discussing how this disaster is the free market at work - risk is socialized and rewards are privatized as private energy & the politicians who enable them put profit over light & heat for our people.
Analyzing who has been impacted most by the #TexasFreeze shows how climate and energy issues are inextricably linked to anti-racism, abolition, housing and so much more. Our communities of color, incarcerated, houseless, and disabled populations are most at risk.
How did capitalism lead to the #TexasFreeze? When we privatize our grid (or rely on investor-owned utilities, like DTE here in A2) the first priority is always to maximize shareholder profits - not to help residents afford electric bills or stay safe in weather emergencies.
Anyone else remember when, last year, @DTE_Energy told us to take steps to reduce our energy consumption - including turning the thermostat - when temperatures were -5 with windchills at minus 40? #LetsOwnDTE #FossilFuelFreeze
SOLUTIONS: A federally owned supergrid, publicly owned democratically controlled utilities that are directly accountable to the people they serve, ending shutoffs for non-payment, ending environmental racism, 100% clean, renewable, affordable energy, and improved grid resilience.
Here in A2, our investor-owned utility has not kept up infrastructure well, because it's not profitable for them to do so. This is WHY we need #PublicPower and utilities that work for US by investing in maintenance and upgrades to keep the light and heat on!
How can you help those affected by the #TexasFreeze? Contribute to mutual aid: linktr.ee/movetexasaid. We are not the state, but we're being forced to take on the role of the state out of love and care for one another.
And it shouldn't be forgotten that we can only do this work WITH the labor movement! @DSAecosocialism is mobilizing around the PRO Act to help build labor power, strengthen unions, and promote a just transition to a green economy for ALL workers. #PublicPower #GreenNewDeal

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