Two months after Governor Abbott promised lights would stay on this winter he now has released two conflicting statements.
1. One saying he could not guarantee power would stay on throughout Texas this week.
2. Tuesday he said, "Texas’ power grid is ready to handle the winter storm expected to hit the state on Wednesday.”
This is not a good time to say conflicting things due to all the attention being driven to his track record by his opponents in the race for Governor.
The freeze is only expected to last about 48 hours, unlike last year’s 139-hour freeze when more than 240 people died as a result of the storm. This is still very fresh on the minds of the Texas voters.
Mother nature could deal Governor Abbott a bad hand this week.
Abbott as well as other officials said at the press conference that the winter storm could cause “treacherous” driving conditions due to snow and ice. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the state’s main power grid, has already given an indication that the gas supply may be delayed and cause some complications.
On Tuesday, Abbott said “there might be some reduction in the generation of natural gas. We can still maintain power grid integrity even if there is a loss of some level of production of natural gas.”
Will the voters hold Abbott accountable or just blame mother nature. How much could Texans blame him for Hurricane Harvey? Are we politicizing the weather?
Governor Abbott will be taking a test this week which will reflect in the polls.