We Survived Snowpocalypse 2022!

We survived! Admittedly Snowpocalypse 2022 wasn’t any match for last year’s version, but we here in Texas, while generally a tough and resourceful people, do not do well in snow.

And, look, I know it’s a big, sad problem that affects different regions of the state differently and that there’s more to it than the citizenry. For example, in West Texas towns like Lubbock and Amarillo, they actually get snow regularly and so road crews are better about preparing for and minimizing the potential dangers of ice and snow on the roads. I’m not saying people in Lubbock have the smooth ice-driving confidence of someone in Wisconsin or Minnesota, but it’s much better than most other people.

Perhaps that’s the bigger problem: We don’t have public infrastructure good for the snow. I know Dallas has a small fleet of sand trucks to go over the highways after it snows/ices, but there aren’t that many trucks and it really only snows once or twice a year at most, so even the truck drivers don’t get much practice. I’m no fan of taxes or wasteful government spending, but maybe spending some tax dollars on snow and ice infrastructure might be a better use of money than, say, promulgating ridiculous causes of action related to abortion or paying Ken Paxton’s salary.

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Of course, last year there were also issues with the Texas government agencies that oversee the power grid and generally have to do with all things power. The first is the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the other is the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Last year TCEQ, ERCOT, the utility companies, the state government, and Ted Cruz all wildly mismanaged the snow. With the exception of Cruz, who made the political mistake of being able to afford to leave troubled Texas for the more temperate climate of Cancun last year, all of the bungling was related to the amount of electricity, water, and gas were available to the people of Texas.

This year those same institutions are patting themselves on the back for not allowing so many people to go days and days without power or water, though their pride might need to be kept in check because this year the whole state wasn’t affected, it only stayed below freezing for about 36 hours, and only about three inches of snow fell in the most heavily affected areas.

But, we survived. It wasn’t a true Snowpocalypse like last year, but it was ice and snow in a state chock full of people who don’t know how to prepare for or exist in either condition. I went two and a half days without leaving home, but we had power and water the whole time so it was no big deal. I think a lot of my fellow Texans took a similar approach to the snow, and that is definitely for the best.

So it might be a shallow victory. After all, there wasn’t that much snow, the power grid mostly behaved itself, and for the vast majority of people it was just a matter of remembering to leave a faucet dripping overnight to prevent a pipe from busting. But after last year we needed a cold weather win, and we got one. That’s the important thing.

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