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World A Texas mayor resigned after telling people it was their own fault if they froze when power went out in the deadly winter storms

14:21  17 february  2021
14:21  17 february  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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The mayor of a Texas city resigned after telling people that it was their own fault if they were suffering in the vast power outage that struck the state amid a historic cold snap.

Tim Boyd, the mayor of Colorado City, Texas, accused his constituents of looking for a "handout" as power went out across the state. He encouraged residents with no water to "think outside the box to survive."

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The outburst came in a since-deleted Facebook post that included a number of grammatical errors.

It said: "No one owes you are your family anything; nor is it the local government's responsibility to support you during trying times like this! Sink of swim it's your choice!"

He said later in the post: "I'm sick and tired of people looking for a damn handout! If you don't have electricity you step up and come up with a game plan to keep your family warm and safe.

"If you have no water you deal without and think outside the box to survive and supply water to your family.

"If you are sitting at home in the cold because you have no power and are sitting there waiting for someone to come rescue you because your lazy is direct result of your raising.

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  Why the Texas power grid is struggling to cope with the extreme cold A sudden spike in energy demand and a loss of natural gas, coal, nuclear, and wind energy during a winter storm triggered blackouts across the state.The National Weather Service on Monday reported that 150 million Americans were under various winter storm warnings, with heavy snow and ice still likely to sweep from the Southern Plains, to the Ohio Valley, to the Northeast.

"Only the strong will survive and the weak will parish."

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At least 20 people had died in the storms as of early Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

Boyd resigned on Tuesday. According to Fox News, he said in a Facebook post that "I would never want to hurt the elderly or anyone that is in true need of help to be left to fend for themselves.

"I was only making the statement that those folks that are too lazy to get up and fend for themselves but are capable should not be dealt a handout. I apologise for the wording and some of the phrases that were used!"

Freezing temperatures across many US states have left people battling ice and snow, and have caused severe power outages.

Texas is seeing some of its coldest temperatures in more than 30 years, the BBC reported.

More than four million homes and businesses in Texas were without power on Tuesday.

Some of those who died were people trying to get warm. Houston police said that a woman and girl were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning after trying to use their car to generate heat.

Texas Failed Because It Did Not Plan .
What went wrong in Texas? The Lone Star State made three fundamental errors.Severed from electricity and bare to the frigid weather, Texas’s infrastructure suffered a kind of multisystem failure. Pipes began to burst inside homes. Cell networks went down, preventing people from calling 911. In Austin and elsewhere, so many people ran their pipes at a drip (in order to prevent them from freezing) that the water system depressurized, contaminating the supply and forcing residents to boil their water before using it.

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