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Millions of people in Texas have gone three or more days without power, water or both. Texas has had winter weather before, so what went so wrong this time?
Reporter Mose Buchele of NPR member station KUT in Austin explains why the state’s power grid buckled under demand in the storm. And Marshall Shepherd, director of the Atmospheric Sciences Program at the University of Georgia, explains the link between more extreme winter weather and climate change.
Additional reporting in this episode from NPR’s Camila Domonoske, who reported on the Texas power grid, Ashley Lopez of KUT, Laura Isensee of Houston Public Media, and Dominic Anthony Walsh of Texas Public Radio.
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This episode was produced by Lee Hale, Brianna Scott, and Brent Baughman. It was edited by Sami Yenigun with help from Acacia Squires, Jennifer Ludden, and Wynne Davis. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.