The Manmade Disaster in Texas: A Cascade of Failures

In February 2021, Texas shocked the world with the failure of its electrical grid in the face of colder than usual temperatures, resulting in rolling blackouts that have lasted days. Texas, the largest energy producer in the US, replete with refineries, covered in oil and gas wells and dotted with power stations, went dark Monday night as a powerful cold front strangled the state with temperatures it had never seen- temperatures that are quite normal in much of the US, but record-breaking there. Wind turbines have frozen in place; coal, natural gas and even nuclear…