Texas Attorney General Sues Griddy for False Advertising in Wake of Winter Storm Price Hikes

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Griddy, the Texas power supplier that’s made headlines recently for customers’ sky-high energy bills in the wake of widespread winter storm outages , has racked up another lawsuit.

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What In Tarnation Are Texas Power Companies Hiding?

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Getting to the bottom of last month’s deadly Texas blackouts will take time and careful research. But the state’s grid operator is making it tough to get answers. Read more.

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Man Who Oversaw Texas Blackouts Shown the Door

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A Texas power grid oversight official who held the spectacularly wishful belief that he could keep his job after the state’s grid sputtered last month, leading to dozens of deaths and utility bills Texans will be paying for decades , has been fired.

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The Climate Deniers Regulating Texas Oil and Gas Have Somehow Avoided Blackout Scrutiny

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Texas’ blackouts were, experts agree, the result of multiple failures in the energy system, including failures of oil and gas infrastructure.

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Texas Utility Commissioner Resigns After Leaked Call Pledging to Help Banks Keep Blackout Profits

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The last standing member of Texas’s Public Utility Commission handed in his resignation on Tuesday following a report that he assured out-of-state investors who made big profits from last month’s blackouts that he was working to make sure they could keep their money.

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Texas is Colder Than Alaska Right Now

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texas united states fahrenheit dallas weather cold wave national weather serviceIn a turn of events that will surprise exactly no one at this point, a large swath of the United States is currently experiencing an extreme and unprecedented weather event. Read more.

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The Texas Think Tank Giving Cover for This Week’s Republican Wind Power Lies

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Almost exactly a month before Texas plunged into darkness , a panel convened in Austin to host a discussion about the superiority of the Texan electric grid. wind power climate change denial fuel energy fossil fuel articles environment texas public policy foundation renewable energy

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Griddy Is Being Sued for $1 Billion for Allegedly Price Gouging During Texas Winter Storm

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A Texas woman filed a class-action lawsuit this week to the tune of $1 billion in damages against Griddy, a Texas electricity retailer that the suit alleges engaged in illegal price gouging during the widespread outages that swept through the state last week.

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Here's Why We Don't Need Another Texas Chainsaw Massacre Movie

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Tobe Hooper’s 1974 Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a horror masterpiece. His 1986 Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a horror comedy masterpiece. With another Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot due next year, we decided it was time to sift through the bones and revisit the rest.

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Elon Musk Is Reportedly Plugging a Giant Battery Into Texas

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If the Texas power crisis taught us anything, it’s that the state has some serious infrastructure issues that not even the state’s regulators are prepared to fix.

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Oracle Ditches Silicon Valley for Austin, Texas

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Oracle is relocating its California-based headquarters to Austin, Texas, making it the latest tech company to decamp from Silicon Valley. Read more

Tesla edges toward Austin, Texas for Cybertruck Gigafactory

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Cars News Cybertruck Elon Musk Gigafactory Tesla TexasA deal hasn't been inked yet, but Austin appears to be the frontrunner.

Elon Musk Is Reportedly Heading to Texas for a Tax Break

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Billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is reportedly gearing up to permanently decamp to Texas in an effort to take advantage of the Lone Star State’s lack of personal income taxes. elon musk tesla california entrepreneur cnbc texas spacex

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Texas AR Exhibit Explores Paleoanthropology

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Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind will be open at the Perot Museum of Natural History in Dallas Texas until March 22. A new exhibit at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science uses augmented reality to introduce visitors to paleoanthropology. Paleoanthropology, the study of prehistoric peoples, is fascinating but can also be a difficult and intimidating topic for beginners. See Also: Augmented Reality Glasses Bring U.S. Historic Sites to Life.

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Hospitals in Texas Are Being Evacuated Due to Lack of Hot Water and Heat

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The massive energy crisis that’s been overwhelming Texas ever since the state was hit with a record cold snap is now threatening some of its most vulnerable residents, and at least two hospitals in the Austin metro area were being evacuated on Wednesday night due to a lack of hot water and heat.

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Star Citizen Developers Fed Up After Being Expected To Work During Devastating Texas Snowstorm

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Last month, the entirety of Texas ground to a halt after a colossal winter storm pushed the state’s cordoned-off power grid to the brink. Power and heat outages, as well as resulting food and water shortages, led many businesses to temporarily shut down.

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Why wind turbines thrive in Antarctica and places way colder than Texas

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Such lofty turbines were far from responsible for Texas' disastrous energy collapse following a well-predicted surge of Arctic air into the region (it was largely a failure of gas power plants and infrastructure along with an ill-equipped, vulnerable grid ). At the main U.S.

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Winter Storm Energy Prices in Texas Leave Customers With Astronomical Bills That Can Reach Up to $17,000

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texas business finance united statesAs if freezing for days and living with power outrages weren’t bad enough, some Texans now have to deal with the steep financial consequences from the storm.

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Texas Rangers Say They'll Stop Trying to Hypnotize Crime Victims and Witnesses

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), which oversees the Texas Highway Patrol and the state’s (in)famous Texas Ranger Division , said this week it has finally halted the discredited hypnosis techniques it used to provide evidence in criminal investigations since at least the start of the 1980s. Read more.

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A Texas House Race Could Bring Unions to the Table to Build a Green New Deal

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Texas, unions, and a Green New Deal are three ideas that on the surface seem incompatible. green new deal 2020 election texas unions laborBut dig deeper, and it’s clear that’s not the case. Read more.

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Tesla Cybertruck factory could land in Texas after more incentives offered

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Cars News Cybertruck Gigafactory Tesla TexasAustin is the current frontrunner as the site for Tesla's new Cybertruck factory.

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Tesla is building a massive battery for Texas

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Now it's producing another one as a backup for Texas. As Bloomberg reports , Gambit Energy Storage LLC is a registered subsidiary of Tesla and is currently building a huge battery, capable of storing over 100 megawatts of energy, in Angleton, Texas.

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Evacuations Underway as Hurricane Laura Beelines for Louisiana and Texas

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hurricane laura hurricanes hurricane season texas louisianaThis week, Louisiana caught a fortunate break from Tropical Storm Marco, which rapidly lost steam before its a projected landfall. But the state’s luck doesn’t look like it will last, because Hurricane Laura is on the way. Read more.

How to help those getting pummeled by extreme weather in Texas

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According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), 2.7 More about Texas , Donate , Social Good , Climate Environment , and Activism. Texas Donate Social Good Climate Environment ActivismWinter storms continue to move across the U.S.

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How Much the Oil and Gas Industry Paid Texas Republicans Who Are Lying About Wind Energy

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As the crisis of rolling blackouts in Texas unfolds this week, some of the state’s loudest Republican politicians are falsely dragging “frozen wind turbines” as the cause.

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Hanna, First Hurricane of the Atlantic Season, to Strike Coronavirus-Ravaged Texas

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Hurricane Hanna, the first of the Atlantic season , is headed to Texas—which has reported more than 369,000 cases of covid-19 and an average of… Read more. hurricane hanna weather hurricane season coronavirus covid 19 texas

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Texas Lawmakers Are Using the Blackouts to Make Fossil Fuel Dreams Come True

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Lawmakers in Texas are having a busy week: Both chambers of the legislature are weighing in on a slate of bills that are, in theory, designed to address the problems that led to February’s deadly blackouts.

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How Google Ruined the Internet (According to Texas)

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Among all of the antitrust probes facing Google right now, the case dropped on Wednesday by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stands out for a few reasons.

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Texans Could Be Paying Off Their Obscene Energy Bills for Decades

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The costs of the Texas blackouts is still mounting, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that Texans could be saddled with energy bills they’ll be paying for decades absent government intervention.

Texas Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Penalize Businesses That ‘Boycott’ Fossil Fuels

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Don’t worry, helpless fossil fuel companies: Texas is coming to your rescue. Four Republican state senators introduced a bill last week that would prevent the state from doing business with any companies that “boycott” the oil and gas industry. Read more.

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Viral Image Claiming to Show a Helicopter De-Icing Texas Wind Turbines Is From Winter 2014 in Sweden

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In the midst of a record cold snap where Texas’ grid has failed to meet demand, misinformation is running rampant. Among the most pernicious memes propagating online are that Texas’ wind turbines have frozen and that that has led to the blackout.

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Robot-car startup Aurora navigates its way to Texas for testing

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Cars News Aurora autonomous cars self-driving cars TexasIts autonomous minivans and huge Class 8 trucks are bound for the Lone Star State.

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Texas Oil and Gas Plants Quadruple Air Pollution as Systems Freeze Up

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It’s been a hard week for everyone living in Texas as blackouts , boil notices , and bone-chilling cold rattle the state. But data shared with Earther shows the suffering maybe be particularly acute for the millions of Texans living near oil wells and refineries. Read more.

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These Guys Repackaged Nonmedical Masks and Tried to Sell Them to Texas Health Workers: Report

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Texas Accidentally Posts Amber Alerts for Chucky, the Killer Doll, and His Creepy Eunuch Son

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The Texas Department of Public Safety is blaming “a test malfunction” after it sent out an Amber Alert on Jan. 29 urging the public to be on the lookout not for a missing child but Chucky, the killer doll from the Child’s Play series. Read more.

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Texas Legislature May Introduce Bill to Blacklist Businesses That Don't Love Fossil Fuels

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Texas Lt. Dan Patrick said that one of his “legislative priorities” for this year is passing a bill to protect the fossil fuel industry, by blacklisting businesses.

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Elon Musk wants to build a city called Starbase in Texas

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On Tuesday, Musk tweeted about "creating the city of Starbase, Texas." Creating the city of Starbase, Texas. SpaceX's launch and development site for Starship resides in the unincorporated community in Cameron County, Texas.

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