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Reading this on a device tethered to an electrical outlet? Thank your lucky stars. Also, thank Mexico.
The coldest weather Texas has recorded in over a decade swept through the state Tuesday night, forcing rolling blackouts that left hundreds of thousands of Texans — including schools and businesses — intermittently without power on Wednesday.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which controls the state's electric grid, ordered the blackouts after freezing temperatures knocked out generators that would have provided 12 percent of the day's projected demand. The exact cause of the failures remains unclear, but signs point ...