KTV Segment: World News March 13, 2021

President Biden worked with the House and the Senate to produce and pass the new covid relief bill. The main feature of this bill is a large stimulus check that will aid in the reopening of schools, vaccine distribution, and production. The nation hopes it will be effective against the virus.

Syrian President Assad and his wife have tested positive for covid. They plan to take the next two weeks to recovery and quarantine. During this time Syria has also received their first shipment of covid vaccines. Hopefully, the vaccination will aid in slowing the spread of the virus.

For more information, check out the KTV world news segment.

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Pirates of the World

What is a Pirate?

A pirate is defined as “a person who attacks and robs ships at sea,” by Oxford languages. The first significant pirates, who roamed the Mediterranean around 1276-1178 B.C.E., were known as the Sea Peoples, who were made up of a myriad of ethnicities. Accounts of their destruction were recorded by the last king of Ugarit, Ammurapi, whose kingdom fell victim to this mysterious force. However, the origin of this fearsome group is unknown and remains a mystery to this day. Nonetheless, this practice of abandoning sailor jobs in exchange for a life of piracy became common during the late 1600s to early 1700s which is known as the “Golden Age of Piracy.” Here’s a list of some notable pirates throughout history.

Black Caesar

During this time, piracy was popular among Black people, as it was one of the few ways they could attain power in the West. Often given only two choices, fugitive slaves would often choose the life of piracy over eternal captivity. While discrimination was still apparent, some captains did treat their crew members equally regardless of race. However, the same can not be said for prosecution. As white pirates were hanged, Black pirates were either returned to their owners or resold into slavery. Black Caesar or Henri Caesar, is the most acclaimed Black pirate as he escaped captivity aboard a slave ship with the help of a sailor. Thereafter he would pose as a stranded sailor to rob vessels that offered their aid. Legend has it that he buried his treasure on Elliot Key. He would soon join Blackbeard’s crew in the early 1700s and would even come to witness his death. After their defeat, Black Caesar was captured and taken to Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1718 to be hanged.

Madame Cheng

Arguably the most successful pirate in history, outnumbering Blackbeard in terms of ships with 70,000 sailors, 800 large junks—Chinese sailing ships—and about 1,00 smaller vessels, Madame Cheng is not to be forgotten. Though her name was Ching Shih, she was also referred to as Cheng I Sao, which translates to “wife of Cheng.” Little is known about her early life. She was born in 1785 at an unknown location. For the majority of her life, she served as a prostitute in the city of Guangzhou. But in 1801, she married Cheng Yi, a famous pirate captain. During this time, many unorganized ships were unified into professional fleets to serve the Tây Sơn dynasty of Vietnam, who were at constant battle with the Chinese. When the Tây Sơn was conquered in 1802, instead of scattering the Cheng’s unified rival Cantonese pirates and were divided into different squadrons. Cheng Yi soon died in 1807, yet Madame Cheng soon took charge and appointed her husband’s protegé Zhang Bao as the captain of her most powerful fleet. He would soon become her lover and eventually her new husband. It is said that Madame Cheng was ahead of her time in terms of rights to women, as any carnal abuse of female captives was punishable by death. There were even accounts of those who were commanders who were ordered to capture her and damaged their own ships in order to avoid conflict. By 1810, tension increased between two of her fleets, causing the unison to be unstable. This led to Madame Cheng accepting the Chinese government’s pardon in exchange for a peaceful surrender in 1810. The rest of her life was quite peaceful, living off of her husband’s military earnings until she died at the age of 69.

Anne Bonny

While male pirates dominate history, there were plenty of notable female pirates, too, such as Anne Bonny. Born in Cork, Ireland, around 1700, Anne Bonny was known for her tough spirit. There is little information known about her, but it is said that she married a poverty-stricken sailor at the age of 16. Her father did not approve of this and disowned his daughter. The couple would soon turn to the life of piracy and join Calico Jack’s crew. It is said that she “dressed like a man, while she fought, drank, and swore like one too.” Legend has it that while Bonny appeared as a man, she developed feelings for Mary Read, who joined the crew later on and was also dressed as a man. They would both switch between men’s and women’s clothes as necessary. However, this adventure would soon come to an end in October in 1720, when the ship would fall to Captain Jonathan Barnet to collect their bounty. Records say that, while the rest of the crew caved into surrender, the two women fought to the end and called the men cowards. They were tried and found guilty of several crimes, but their execution was delayed as it was discovered that both women were pregnant. However, it is unclear whether this is true or if the two lied to save themselves. It wouldn’t be until five months later that death would take Mary Read in prison.

Mary Read

Much like Anne Bonny, Mary Read’s history is unknown. She was born around 1690 in England to a widow. It is said that her mother passed her off as a boy to get money from Mary’s grandmother. Later, Read continued to dress a man and would even get a job as a sailor. Later on, she revealed her secret to a Flemish soldier she met during the War of the Spanish Succession and would come to marry. Together they ran The Three Horseshoe Inn in the Dutch town of Breda. After her husband died, she would return to the war dressed as a man, though when peace was signed, Read looked for adventure elsewhere in the West Indies. While navigating the waters, she was soon attacked and was captured by pirates. She then joined them, living life as a free pirate until 1718, when she signed a king’s pardon in exchange for hunting down others who did not acquire the pardon. Read would eventually make her way onto the ship of Calico Jack, where, as stated before, there were accounts of her and Anne Bonny forming a romantic relationship. In any case, it is said that the two were the most ruthless of them all, each carrying a pistol and machete. But as stated above, the ship was captured, but despite this, the two fought till the end. It is unclear what exactly happened to Mary Read during their containment, but records do show that she was buried on April 28, 1721, at St. Catherine Parish in Jamaica.

— Maya Ross


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Black Pirates and the Tale of Black Caesar 

Ching Shih the Pirate Queen

Five Pirate Myths That Are Actually True

8 Famous Pirates from History

Pirates in the Ancient Mediterranean

Biography of Anne Bonny, Irish Pirate and Privateer

Biography of French Pirate François L’Olonnais

Biography of Mary Read, English Pirate

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is a role model and inspiration for young women around the globe. A pioneer in the music industry, she has released nine unique albums since 2006, most recently indie-pop albums Folklore and Evermore. She has won ten Grammy Awards, an Emmy, and numerous musical accolades. In 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama even described Swift as a woman who “has rocketed to the top of the music industry, but still keeps her feet on the ground, someone who has shattered every expectation of what a twenty-two-year-old can accomplish.”

However, Taylor Swift’s personal life has been critically scrutinized by the public. It seems like everyone from journalists to A-list celebrities have judged her for her relationships. Swift and her fans are well-aware that this backlash is simply because she is a young, successful woman. In response to this hate, Swift preaches messages of feminism to her fans.

In early March of this year, Swift tweeted a message saying, “Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back.” This was in response to a quote from the Netflix show: “What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.” Swift stood up to this disrespect and her fans supported her wholeheartedly.

This was not the only hateful message directed towards Swift. In 2013, Abercrombie & Fitch sold a shirt that proclaimed in shiny silver letters, “#more boyfriends than T.S.” They soon removed the shirt from their stores after receiving scathing backlash.

Taylor Swift has had to withstand these slams since day one of her career. Still, she continues to stand up for what she believes in and produces dynamic music, not taking the public’s criticism to heart.

— Vienna Gurev

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Simmons, Embiid Forced out of All-Star Game after Contact Tracing

Even with the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, the annual NBA All-Star Game went on. Included on the teams were Philadelphia 76ers stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Just a few hours before the game was scheduled to start, the duo was informed that they would be required to sit out of the game and quarantine due to contact tracing protocols.

It turned out that the duo’s barber had tested positive for COVID-19. As such, they would have to sit out awaiting tests to confirm that they were both negative for the virus. Both had totally avoided contact with anyone else after their barber, and so no more quarantines were required.

It’s a huge relief that the contact was caught before Embiid and Simmons made it onto the court of the game itself. All of a sudden, the best 24 players in the NBA would have been ruled out for at least 1 game due to the contact with the two. It could have been a major disaster for the league. Instead, both players will miss at least one game, and potentially more.

Embiid is still on pace for an MVP-level season, averaging 30 points per game and 51% from the field. Simmons is also having a solid year, especially on the defensive end. He is a top candidate for Defensive Player of the Year, along with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert.

Sixers coach Doc Rivers was also present at the All-Star game, coaching Team Durant in a 170-150 loss to Team Lebron.

— Martin Heintzelman

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World News Report: 3/4/21

The U.S. is currently undergoing the process of vaccinating with 8% of the population in the U.S. having been vaccinated. These vaccines are an important step in protecting healthcare workers and those who are at high risk. Vaccination percentages are also likely to increase as Johnson & Johnson steps into the ring with a new vaccine that requires only one dose, unlike the previously approved vaccines.

In other news, Europe continues its preparations for the 2021 Eurovision song contest. This event will begin on May 18 and end on May 22nd. After the cancellation of the 2020 song contest, many fans are excited to see what this year has in store. However, controversy spreads in Cyprus due to the content of one of the songs that has been submitted.

For more information, check out the KTV world news segment by Thomas Linderman and Lucas Piotrowski.

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Texas Snowstorm

Beginning on Valentine’s Day, winter storm Uri bombarded Texas. Storms like these are known as generational events, meaning that they usually occur once in a lifetime. Texans were completely unprepared for the disaster that unfurled.

Various communities, rich and poor, were impacted by the snowstorm. They were stranded at home because their cars weren’t equipped with four-wheel drive. They had to huddle in front of their fireplace, if they had one, wrapped in blankets for warmth because their heating system was non-functional. They had to collect snow and boil it for clean drinking water. Some people rationed their food because there was nothing available at the grocery store. There were no snow plows or road salt to make the roads safe to drive on.

Thankfully, materials and machinery to help clean up the snow were shipped to Texas, and charities collected money to donate to Texans in need. As the weather warms and emergency supplies arrive, Texas is slowly bouncing back!

Texans take pride in their independence, which includes being disconnected from the national power grid. They rarely have to worry about winter storms, because they are so far south. A downside of being connected to the national power grid is taxes. Texas would have to pay a large sum of federal taxes to be connected to the power grid because it’s a large state. Check out this article by Martin Heintzelman to learn more about the Texas power grid and the role it played in this situation.

Cities in Texas are given a certain annual budget, which they need to spend on public works programs like roads, sanitation, and education. A major portion of the budget goes to preparing for floods; Texas is hit by hurricanes and floods in the late summer and autumn annually. If they dedicate this money to a winter storm that might not even happen, Texas could be unprepared for its yearly, devastating floods, which are of much more concern.

Texas needs to be prepared for winter storms in the future. Global warming is the primary cause of severe winter storms like Uri, which means these conditions will only get worse. Soon, Texas may be allotting larger parts of its budget to salt for icy roads rather than sandbags for hurricane floods.

Texas will bounce back from this disaster, but it will have to face some difficult financial choices in the future because of global warming. Winter storm Uri was a life-changing event for many Texans.

— Vienna Gurev

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Women’s History Month: Profiles of Prominent Female Trailblazers Throughout History

For Women’s History Month this March, the Demon Press wants to highlight some of the female trailblazers who helped advocate for women getting the rights that they deserve. The women on this list broke barriers and helped push forward the cause of not just women’s rights, but also the rights of members of the LGBTQ+ community and people of color. Though many of these women may have faced setbacks or even been barred from pursuing their passions because of their gender, they continued to push through, and helped to move us closer to a world where future women and girls could have a life in which their gender did not stop them from pursuing their dreams.

1. Ida B. Wells: Journalist and Civil Rights Advocate

In 1892, journalist Ida B. Wells published an exposé pamphlet in which she shed light on the issue of lynching, specifically regarding white mob violence against African Americans. Though this action infuriated many in her town and caused her to be ridiculed by many white suffragettes, who ignored racial issues similar to the ones Wells advocated for, it was and still is an important document. She also helped to found the National Association of Colored Women’s Club. Though she faced many injustices because of her race and her gender, Ida B. Wells is a pivotal figure in the fight for civil rights in America.

2. Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady and Human Rights Champion

Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the most prominent figures in women’s history and was an advocate for women’s rights and civil rights. During her time as First Lady, Roosevelt revolutionized the work expected of a First Lady and promoted various social issues. She traveled across the globe and penned an almost-daily column called My Day, which she continued to write until 1962. After her husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt, died in 1945, she went on to serve as a delegate to the United Nations, and even helped to write the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Upon the request of President John F. Kennedy, she chaired the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, a position she held from 1960 up until her death in 1963.

3. Coretta Scott King: Author and Activist

Though she is probably best-known by most for her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King was a leading figure in her own right in many social justice movements, specifically the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. She also founded the King Center, which aims to keep the legacy of her late husband alive. Aside from her work as a civil rights champion, she was also a skilled musician, and she would often incorporate this skill into her advocacy. She authored 3 books in her lifetime and has received over 60 honorary doctorate degrees.

4. Bella Abzug: Congresswoman and Feminist Advocate

Bella Abzug, nicknamed ‘Battling Bella’ for her tenacious spirit, was a politician, anti war activist, and champion of the women’s liberation movement. She helped to found the Women Strike for Peace organization and the National Women’s Political Caucus. Abzug is often associated with her hats, which she wore at most, if not all, public appearances. The origins of this habit, according to Abzug herself, are that, “When I was a young lawyer, I would go to people’s offices and they would always say: ‘Sit here. We’ll wait for the lawyer.’ Working women wore hats. It was the only way they would take you seriously. After a while, I started liking them. When I got to Congress, they made a big thing of it. So I was watching. Did they want me to wear it or not? They didn’t want me to wear it, so I did.”

5. Gloria Steinem: Journalist and Feminist Leader

Gloria Steinem is one of the most prominent and iconic leaders of the 2nd wave of feminism. Before she was on the forefront of the 1960s/70s feminist movement, Steinem was a journalist—one of her most notable works being an exposé on working conditions for Playboy bunnies. She founded notable feminist magazine Ms. in 1972 and has written multiple books.

6. Marsha P. Johnson: LGBTQ+ Rights Activist

Marsha P. Johnson was one of the most prominent and influential figures in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights during the 20th century. Johnson was transgender and also performed as a drag queen. She first came to be known in the public eye in 1969, when she was a key figure in the Stonewall riots, which is considered by many to be the moment that sparked the fight for equal rights for members of the LGBT community. She, along with fellow advocate Sylvia Rivera, helped to found STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), which aimed to help transgender youth, specifically surrounding the issue of homelessness. During the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s, Johnson was an advocate, attending protests and ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) meetings.

7. Sonia Sotomayor: Supreme Court Justice

Sonia Sotomayor became the third woman and first Hispanic and Latina person to become a justice on the United States Supreme Court in 2009. After being raised by a single mother in a housing project in the Bronx, she went on to receive her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her juris doctorate from Yale Law School. Sotomayor worked as a prosecutor when, in 1997, she was nominated by then-President Bill Clinton to serve in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In January of 2021, she swore in Kamala D. Harris, the first woman and person of color to hold the office of Vice President.

8. Geraldine Ferraro: Vice Presidential Candidate

In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman to be nominated for national office by a major political party when she was nominated to run for Vice President along with Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale. Though she and her running mate lost their bid for the White House, she still remains an important figure in women’s history. About her loss in the 1984 election, she has stated that, “Throwing Ronald Reagan out of office at the height of his popularity, with inflation and interest rates down, the economy moving, and the country at peace, would have required God on the ticket, and She was not available!” Before her stint as Vice-Presidential nominee, Ferraro worked as a criminal prosecutor and then a U.S. Representative from New York’s 9th Congressional District.

— Blake Ciresa

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Pandemic Perspectives: How the Vaccine Works

A lot has changed about how we view the COVID-19 virus since last March, and with so much misinformation spreading everywhere, it can be difficult to stay up to date on the pandemic. To try to get a better understanding of the science behind COVID-19, I sat down with biodefense consultant Jenny Withoff.

Interviewee Biography: Jenny Withoff is a biodefense biosecurity consultant, where she works on infectious disease control. She previously worked as a veterinarian, after receiving her doctorate in Veterinary Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Due to her background working with animals, it is no surprise that she also is an animal lover: she owns two German Shepherds, three cats, and several chickens. Additionally, she works as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches a course called ‘One Health: Animals, People and the Environment—Interactions and Implications for Global Health Security.’ Aside from her career as a scientist/veterinarian/professor, she enjoys traveling and solving puzzles. She also happens to be my aunt!

• Can you tell us a little bit about the work you do?

JW: So I work in biodefense, which means we are trying to prepare countries and governments and private entities for anything that can happen related to the field of biology. So it could be a natural disease outbreak or something intentional. Basically, we are just trying to prepare
everyone for potential infectious disease outbreaks.

• There’s been a lot of talk about the new variants that are spreading – what risk do they pose? How do they differ from the original variant?

JW: Some variants differ significantly from the original virus, and others differ by just one amino acid chain. If you look at the structure of the virus, it’s a really, really tiny component—just one amino acid change makes a variant. Bacteria viruses are good at changing—their goal is to keep themselves alive, so they change a lot. Some viruses change more than others, and Coronavirus isn’t one that changes the most. Influenza would actually be the one that changes more than any of the rest of them, but as far as being a risk going forward, so far it looks like the vaccines are very capable of handling the variants we’re seeing come out.

• Was the United States well prepared to combat this virus before it spread?

JW: I think we could have been way better prepared—the whole world could’ve been better prepared. So I don’t think it was just a U.S. problem. We’ve been talking about coronaviruses in particular for probably a good 20 years, and the problems it causes. Because we have seen them emerge in the past, with things like SARS-1, we knew that coronaviruses were going to be a problem. The issue is that it’s hard to convince people to spend money on things that really haven’t affected the global economy in the past. I think that overall we could’ve done a better job, but I think that everyone across the board could have, as well.

• Can you summarize how the vaccine works?

JW: The COVID-19 vaccine is different from normal ones we are used to. To make it a little bit easier to digest, we’ve just taken a little snippet of the way the virus is structured, and basically, we found that this is very effective in creating an immune response. With the older vaccines, it was a little bit of a longer process to develop, because we actually had to grow the viruses, and produce them in other ways, which is a very long and labor-intensive process. The fact that we can take just a little snippet of the genetic material, the mRNA in particular, is pretty amazing. The immune response that we’ve created with this particular process mirrors all of the older processes, it has just taken a shorter amount of time to do.

• I know that you recently just got the vaccine – what was that experience like for you? Did you feel any side effects?

JW: I am fully vaccinated—I had my second dose of the vaccine in January, which means my immune system is ready to face the virus! I would have to say that, compared to vaccines I’ve had in the past, the response really wasn’t any different. I had maybe a bit more arm soreness than with other vaccines, but beyond that, I really had no reaction. Some people have felt a little flu-like: they felt a little more tired and feverish after their second dose of the vaccine in particular, but it’s only lasted a day or two, and everyone has been feeling okay after taking normal anti-inflammatories to alleviate symptoms.

• What do you think is the most likely timeline for everything going back to “normal,” at least somewhat?

JW: I feel that by the end of the summer we should be in a really good position to have events and just a general sense of normalcy. We’ll likely be able to go to school, be around others—we should have enough people vaccinated and have herd immunity by that point, so we can feel a
little more comfortable with going in public. I don’t know if mask mandates will go away before or after that, but we should at least have enough people that are immune to the virus that it will be okay for us to go out again, and feel comfortable that we’re protected in doing so.

• How much do you think the vaccine will help stop the spread of the virus? Around how many people will need to get vaccinated for the United States to reach herd immunity?

JW: I think we’re probably looking at 80-85% of the population that needs to be vaccinated or have a previous infection. This statistic is high compared to other viruses because of how contagious this virus is. That’s a lot of people, but we do have a lot of people who have been previously infected. The vaccine rollout is going a little bit slower than we would have hoped—there are supply chain issues and the weather has not been helpful at all.

• Hypothetically, if enough people don’t get the vaccine, what would the effects of that be?

JW: It will definitely take longer for things to get better if that happens. I do think we’re definitely going to be dealing with coronaviruses for a while. I think we might be headed down the path where we need to vaccinate on a yearly basis, much like influenza—everyone gets the flu shot every year because it mutates so often. I think that, for at least the next couple of years, we’ll need to keep up booster shots for the coronavirus.

— Blake Ciresa

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The Year of Widespread Uncertainty

Similar to the horrible 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers, Americans can vividly picture their whereabouts on March 13th, 2020. It was truly a turning point for the country as a whole. Besides the pandemic itself, the 13th portended widespread political and financial uncertainty. School children were sent home without supplies, and employees were excused from coming in to work. The streets of every major city in America were desolate. Masks were reserved only for healthcare professionals, and everyone chanted, “stop the spread.” Little did we know that a year later, “real life” would still not ba reality.

I remember sitting in my eighth-grade language arts class with my Teacher, Mrs. MacNamara. Everyone was so excited for an extended spring break. That same day, one kid, in particular, came into class wearing a cosplay gas mask; everyone laughed. If that happened today, people would be offended.

As we approach the anniversary of March 13th, the significance of the artificial environment we’ve created to keep the public safe will resonate. A whole year of our lives has been depleted of normal social events and human interaction. Although teachers are working hard to engage students, virtual school is dull and it’s hard to focus. At times, it feels like my eyeballs are falling out of my head from staring at a computer screen constantly.

Binge-eating comfort food is more commonly accepted than ever before. People have labeled this unhealthy habit the “COVID-15″ weight gain. This is a direct connection to the “freshman fifteen,” which is a result of overeating your first year in college. Mental health has also taken a turn for the worst. Children and adults feel trapped indoors and unvalued. Extensions of these lockdowns are infringing on the hope of normal life. But we can and will continue to strive forward. The anniversary of March 13th is a reminder of what we had and what we have endured as a society. I start each day in a positive headspace and make the best of what I have.

Yet, we need more, and hopefully we can begin to move towards “normal” soon.

— Paige Smagala

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What Can We Learn From the Texas Disaster?

Texas is still a disaster at the moment, and it has been since February. The cause? A few inches of snow. For much of the country, that would be a regular winter day. For one of the farthest south states in the country, it’s a major problem.

Almost all of Texas lost power, which in turn led to other issues. Water pipes froze and then burst. The heat went out too. Much of the Lone Star State did not have landline phone service. “How could this happen?” demanded many. Well, it turns out that there were a few confounding factors in this major power outage. The largest? Texas’ electrical grid. In case you were unaware, there are three main power grids within the United States. The East has one, the West has one, and Texas has its own separate power grid. These three grids are all connected to each other via various interconnection stations. Many wondered why Texas would choose to largely isolate itself electrically from the rest of the nation. Turns out, the motives were less than good. In the 1930s ,when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Power Act to give authority over the grid to the Federal Government, Texas found a loophole. If the grid did not cross state lines, they would be able to maintain their own independent authority over the grid and the laws surrounding it.

When it comes to more modern implications, this choice means a few things. For one, it means that Texas power companies were not required to winterize their facilities like much of the rest of the nation. Normally, that wouldn’t be an issue for such a warm state. But when this freak storm hit, Texans paid the price. On top of that, the Texas grid is managed by a private contracting company known as ERCOT. They had even less authority than the state over safety and emergency preparedness requirements at individual power plants.

Many government officials and radio personalities like to blame one specific policy for the power failure. It’s called the Green New Deal, and it is an ultra-progressive push being led by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY14) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The plan aims to aggressively subsidize the building of green energy and begin government projects paying laborers to work on the building on wind turbines, power dams, and other green energy solutions. Of course, this is not actually a policy that is currently in place. Along with that, Texas only gets about 25% of its power from green energy plants (Source: ERCOT in collaboration with Statistia.) More likely than not, it is a dig by Republican lawmakers to undermine an already-controversial policy proposal.

It’s clear that the best way to move forward from the Texas power outages is to require the winterization of power plants all across the nation, and maybe even integrate the state’s private grid with the surrounding national grids. With Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) coming back from his vacation to Cancun, we can hope that he will use his political influence to help Texas winterize and prepare its grid for the next major storm. Until then, the state will be a sitting duck, just waiting until the next blizzard comes along and has the same impact, killing more Texans in the process.

Read more about the impact of the Texas snowstorm with this article from Vienna Gurev.

— Martin Heintzelman

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