April 19 — In the heat of any legislative session, 6 weeks fly by in a flash. I was personally employed as an energy lobbyist in Texas in 2011, when a very similar arctic freeze event caused blackouts around the state, shocking many Texans into their first awareness about the increasing level of instability of their power grid, an instability that has only grown worse since that time. I looked on then as the state’s power generators, who profit nicely during such emergencies due to their ability to legally charge exorbitant rates for their product, strategically worked to run out the clock on that year’s legislative session in order to ensure no major reforms were implemented.

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