I think Texas needs new leaders... First Ted Cruz and now...

Texas’s Attorney General Ken Paxton and wife TX Senator Angela Paxton both fled to Utah during #TexasBlackout to avoid the freezing cold and water outage while their voters suffered.
2) Texas’s elected leaders directly control @ERCOT_ISO — and the deregulation and lack of safety investments that led to Texas’s electricity ⚡️ crisis and humanitarian crisis.
3) The breathtaking callousness of Texas leaders is quite something to behold. It is bottomless.
4) The blackouts also threatened vaccines. Not just freezer issues but also millions of doses for other states were stuck in Texas according to my sources.
5) To be clear, wind turbine power deficit was only 12% of the total 20 GW power deficit in Texas. But even then, they could have easily winterized their wind turbines just like other countries that have wind power in the Arctic or atop the Alps.
6) But here is actually the root cause of what really happened. It was free market electricity ⚡️ that chased competition over price above all else. Electricity is a public good, not just another widget.
7) Meanwhile... a Bronx and Queens congresswoman helped raise $5 million for Texans and went to Texas during the crisis to assist. AOC now belongs to all of us.
8) And of course, Texas elected leaders were basically in bed with fossil fuel industry in terms of reliance on their big donations. Naturally that led to horrible oversight and management of energy regulations. (HT @tihuachang) tyt.com/stories/4vZLCH…

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📌Pre-holidays, school cases surged faster than general population.

📌Schools closed for holidays—cases plummet

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➡️ 17% relative increase in kids age 0-9 years.

➡️ Kids increase was much higher in 0-9 than any other age group.

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