This Was Bad’: Retail Sales Suffer Big Chill In February Amid Stormy Weather

AUSTIN, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 18: A shopper walks past a mostly bare shelf as people stock up on necessities at the H-E-B grocery store on February 18, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas as storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A shopper walks past a mostly bare shelf as people stock up on necessities at the H-E-B grocery store in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 18. A devastating winter storm that hit the middle of the country last month helped send retail sales tumbling.Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesConsumers put their pocketbooks on ice last month after a spending… Continue reading This Was Bad’: Retail Sales Suffer Big Chill In February Amid Stormy Weather

After Days Of Mass Outages, Some Texas Residents Now Face Huge Electric Bills

Millions of Texas residents suffered last week when a winter storm caused a statewide electrical grid failure. But those who had power, even intermittently, are also paying a price. Literally. Many residents face enormous bills for the electricity they used during the storm. Residents with variable-rate power plans are being hit the hardest. Such plans… Continue reading After Days Of Mass Outages, Some Texas Residents Now Face Huge Electric Bills

Extreme Winter Weather Creates Backlog Of 6 Million Vaccine Doses

No Vaccine is written on a sign at the Lincoln Park Covid-19 vaccination site on February 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California where more than 12,000 vaccine appointments have been delayed due to weather-related shipping delays of the vaccines. - At least two major shipments totalling more than 60,000 doses are being held up in other states amid icy roads and grounded flights from a massive winter storm affecting large portions of the country. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

White House officials on Friday confirmed the extent of the weather’s chilling effect on COVID-19 vaccine distribution, saying this week’s storms created a backlog of some 6 million doses affecting all 50 states. That number represents three days’ worth of delayed shipments, said Andy Slavitt, senior adviser on the White House COVID-19 Response Team. He… Continue reading Extreme Winter Weather Creates Backlog Of 6 Million Vaccine Doses

For Texas, The Worst Of The Weather Has Passed, But Water Is Still A Big Problem

A worker repairs a power line in Austin, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Texas is restricting the flow of natural gas across state lines in an extraordinary move that some are calling a violation of the U.S. Constitutions commerce clause. Photographer: Thomas Ryan Allison/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Many Texans who faced days of near-freezing temperatures without electricity to keep warm were breathing a sigh of relief Friday as the lights and heat came back on. But millions are still without water and the state’s governor is warning that the crisis isn’t over. As of early Friday, 187,000 customers were still without power,… Continue reading For Texas, The Worst Of The Weather Has Passed, But Water Is Still A Big Problem

Texas Democrats Call On Ted Cruz To Resign Over Cancun Trip Amid Deadly Winter Storm

In this image from video, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks on the Senate floor about the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. The Senate will vote on the Articles of Impeachment on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 5. (Senate Television via AP)

The Texas Democratic Party is calling for the resignation of Sen. Ted Cruz, seen here on the Senate floor on Feb. 4, after the Republican lawmaker went on a family trip to Cancun, Mexico, in the middle of Texas’ deadly winter storm.AP The Texas Democratic Party is calling on Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to resign… Continue reading Texas Democrats Call On Ted Cruz To Resign Over Cancun Trip Amid Deadly Winter Storm

No, The Blackouts In Texas Weren’t Caused By Renewables. Here’s What Really Happened

Snow covers the ground in Waco, Texas, on February 17, 2021 as severe winter weather conditions over the last few days has forced road closures and power outages over the state. - Millions of people were still without power on February 17 in Texas, the oil and gas capital of the United States, and facing water shortages as an unusual winter storm pummeled the southeastern part of country. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a winter storm warning for a swathe of the country ranging from east Texas to the East Coast state of Maryland. (Photo by Matthew Busch / AFP) (Photo by MATTHEW BUSCH/AFP via Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appeared on local TV in Dallas and blamed the state’s power crisis on the devastating storm that disrupted power generation and froze natural gas pipelines. He didn’t single out one power source to blame. Then he went on Fox News, and gave a different story. “Wind and solar… Continue reading No, The Blackouts In Texas Weren’t Caused By Renewables. Here’s What Really Happened

It’s Life And Death’: Texans Still Without Power As Nation Faces More Winter Storms

Carlos Mandez waits in line to fill his propane tanks Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Houston. Customers had to wait over an hour in the freezing rain to fill their tanks. Millions in Texas still had no power after a historic snowfall and single-digit temperatures created a surge of demand for electricity to warm up homes unaccustomed to such extreme lows, buckling the state's power grid and causing widespread blackouts. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Nearly a half-million Texans are without electricity for a third-straight day, as the effects from historic winter storms that have blasted the state and many other parts of the country this week are still being felt. And more severe weather is ahead for many of the same areas already hit hardest, with 100 million people… Continue reading It’s Life And Death’: Texans Still Without Power As Nation Faces More Winter Storms