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Abbott’s performance is under a microscope, after he was criticized for seeming to blame power outages on wind turbines in an appearance on Fox News late Tuesday. Now in his seventh year as governor, he is under increasing attack from Democrats who link this year’s infrastructure woes with what they call his mishandling of last year’s coronavirus outbreak. The power failure, water outages and billions of dollars worth of damages to homes and businesses are likely to be central topics as the legislative session heats up.
On Friday, Abbott fine-tuned his steely criticisms of leaders of The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, who he said offered false assurances last week that the grid could survive the storm.
“We have to rely upon these experts to advise us, what must be done,” he said.
Abbott, though, continued to stress positive developments, such as restoration of generating capacity – and improving weather.
“Roads are clearing up by the minute,” he said. That means grocery stores will be restocked as soon as truckers can resume making deliveries, Abbott noted.
Abbott also received good news early Friday when President Joe Biden said he’s going to sign a major disaster declaration for Texas, as the governor requested a day earlier. Biden said he plans to visit the state next week though he didn’t specify where. He suggested the trip might be midweek but said he doesn’t want to disrupt, given that presidential visits “have a long tail.”
“FEMA is already there and providing support – generators, diesel fuel, water, blankets, and other supplies,” Biden said, adding that he has directed the departments of housing, health and human services, agriculture and defense to identify resources that could help Texas.
The major disaster declaration would make Texans eligible for federal programs of individual assistance, public assistance and hazard mitigation. Those whose homes have sustained damages over prescribed amounts, whose incomes qualify for assistance and whose home insurance won’t cover their damages could seek financial help to recover from damage caused by, among other things, broken pipes.
Small business and agricultural loans and aid also would be available from the federal government, Abbott said.