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FREEZING TO DEATH IN TEXAS

Posted by Stephanie Sherman | Mar 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

Last week Texas experienced a historic winter nightmare.

Millions of Texans were without power for days leaving some of our most vulnerable dead from hypothermia.  Hypothermia can set in if the body loses heat faster than it can produce it and if it falls below about 95 degrees Fahrenheit.  Normal body temperature is around 98.6 degrees.  After hours and hours, it can lead to a very dangerous health condition, including death.  Approximately 70 Texans died as a result of the winter storm, many of which are suspected hypothermia deaths.  An 11-year-old boy froze to death in his bed in a trailer park near Houston while empty offices downtown had power.    

How could this happen in a first world, civilized country?    Its economics, profits over safety.  Delayed repairs = more money.  

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is a private nonprofit corporation overseen by the Texas Legislature and Public Utility Commission. ERCOT operates Texas's electrical grid and is responsible for supplying 90% of the state's electric load to more than 26 million Texas customers.   As energy demands rose, the supply of energy fell due to outdated power generators failing, which ultimately deprived the power grid of energy. ERCOT received recommendations years ago to winterize their equipment but chose not to do so. 

Companies roll the dice all the time but this time the result was catastrophic.   

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Stephanie Sherman

On June 1, 2022, I joined the nationwide award-winning law firm, Baum Hedlund.  I am grateful to join this elite group of trailblazers that is so deeply committed to taking on tough cases and fighting for the underdog. You can still reach me here, via my bio page or at 800-827-0087. Stephani...

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