Former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke criticized the Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, for falsely blaming renewable energy for the power outages in their state.
The unusual winter storm impacting the central US has caused widespread power outages in Texas, which conservatives have attempted to blamed on renewable energy sources.
Abbott, a Republican, went on Fox News last night and told host Sean Hannity, “This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America.”
Abbott added, “Our wind and our solar got shut down, and they were collectively more than 10 percent of our power grid, and that thrust Texas into a situation where it was lacking power on a statewide basis. … It just shows that fossil fuel is necessary.”
In reality, most of the power outages have been caused by failures at natural gas and coal-powered plants due to the subfreezing temperatures.
O’Rourke, who has said he is considering a gubernatorial bid in Texas, criticized Abbott for trying to avoid responsibility for the outages by raising doubts about renewable energy.
The former congressman wrote on Twitter, “You’re the governor of a state where millions don’t have power, where people are literally dying of exposure, and you go on Fox news to talk about… the Green New Deal? You are the governor. Your party has run Texas for 20 years. Accept responsibility & help us get out of this.”