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Winter Storm 2021

When the power went out, Texas oil and gas regulators rushed to defend the industry’s image

Members of the Texas Railroad Commission were quick to blame renewable energy for power outages across the state. All sources of energy struggled to produce power during the storm.

Standing at right, Carmen Pena, 75, waits for a ride at the Rebekah Baines Johnson Center in Austin on Feb. 17, 2021.

Defending natural gas

Industry influence

Governor changes tune

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