Solutions that might have averted the failure of Texas’ state-owned energy grid were “on the table” a decade ago — and officials now must answer what went wrong, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said Sunday.
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” the Republican mayor said she’ll demand an explanation of the massive power loss in the wake of a winter storm that left the state in snow and below-freezing temperatures.
“We’re going to demand those answers of the state because the state runs the power grid and we’re the ones who dealt with the issues on the ground,” she said. “They’re going to have to come up with solid answers and solutions.”
“You’ve had the perfect storm, a state-wide storm that’s tested our system. And we just have to- we went through this 10 years ago,” she added.
“The solutions were put on the table. But at the time, when Texas was coming out of an economic downturn and they just didn’t want to spend the money to do it. Now, our economy is strong even with COVID and we’re going to have to do that.”
Price conceded that it’ll be taxpayers who foot the bill of the power disaster.
“We expect the state to step up and pay it, but of course, the state is taxpayers,” she said. “You and I fund government and that’s where it comes from. But the state does have a big rainy day fund and they do have access to a sales tax and things that everybody shares a piece of.
“They’re just going to have to take a real hard look at this and see what piece gets passed back directly to consumers and what piece they pick up on it.”
She added the federal government “will probably be a partner on this. We’ll just have to work through it and see.”
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