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The Texas Tribune-ProPublica Investigative Unit

Generators can cause deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. But the industry resists rules to make them safer.

Portable generators are among the deadliest consumer products. Two decades after the government identified the danger, and as climate change leads to more power outages, people are left vulnerable by a system that lets the industry regulate itself.

By Lexi Churchill, Perla Trevizo and Ren Larson, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica, and Mike Hixenbaugh and Suzy Khimm, NBC News

“The only thing missing was the will”

“Life-threatening gaps”

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Bigger storms, bigger danger, bigger profits

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A portable generator in a Nacogdoches County home where three people died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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