Welcome to Climate Issue, your weekly guidebook to local weather, vitality and setting information from all over the Golden Condition and the state. In Palm Springs, Calif., I’m Mark Olalde.

Is it doable for just about anything to be apolitical these times? It would not feel like that’s possible. Initially, my ideas go out to everyone suffering in Texas wherever electric power has been out for days in some places, while temperatures have plummeted. 2nd, this means we need to discuss electrical power plan.

Well known Republicans — from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw — have latched onto their have state’s lethal energy outages to choose intention at renewable power, igniting a seething discussion around strength plan. As an alternative of repeating their untrue statements, even so, I’m going to use this room to share analyses about what really happening to the Lone Star State’s grid.