The situation in Texas doesn’t seem to be improving. A deadly winter snowstorm continues to affect those living in Texas. Many of the homes and businesses have suffered after not being built strong enough to withstand the cold temperatures and snow. Public figures like Bette Midler and Alyssa Milano are amongst many speaking out.
Bette Midler Responds to Situation
With deadly conditions and the snowstorm continuing to impact people in Texas, how is leadership helping with the situation? According to singer and actress Bette Midler, not well at all.
She tweeted today suggesting that this is Ted Cruz’s and John Cornyn’s punishment. Notably, for not providing relief during Hurricane Sandy and other recent questionable actions.
In another tweet she also said, “Famous last words: #Texaslegislators demand investigation… #TexasWinterStorm2021”
Midler is not alone in her criticism of how officials are dealing with the crisis in Texas. Billy Baldwin also criticized Cruz and other officials on Twitter. Alyssa Milano is also using her platform to say, “Is there anything I can do to help?”
Midler is responding to the fact that Ted Cruz, amongst others, voted against federal assistance after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Other Texas officials have reportedly been blaming the Green New Deal for power outages rather than taking responsibility.
Texas Hit With Major Snowstorm
According to BBC, the southern snowstorm has killed at least 21 people. There are widespread blackouts in Texas because the energy grid is facing overwhelming demand. This has left millions of people without power due to rare low temperatures. The weather is going to continue into the weekend making this an even more drastic situation.
CNN reported that 500,000 Texas residents were without power this morning. This is down from the 3 million outages yesterday. There are 12 million people who are facing water disruptions. Many have to boil water and are also dealing with broken pipes and other infrastructure issues.
“The message though is, number one, the power is fragile because of the impacts throughout, and number two, we now have water issues. Hospitals have issues. We have water pressure issues. We’re all on boil-water notices and folks are having trouble accessing food,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said to CNN.