I live here bro, it's not the news. And Texas specifically had issues with forced (by ERCOT) blackouts that they could have controlled/managed better if the system was regulated in a way to incentivize planning for it but they just said "fuck it" despite it having happened before. Rolling blackouts would have been fine and that was what they claimed, but the grid barely held together and would have had a catastrophic collapse if not for forcing people to freeze in their homes, federal aid, etc. Imagine not having power, gas, heat, or any clean water. It was ridiculous.
And again COMPELTELY AVOIDABLE if Texas had a system regulated to work better than the barest minimum only in optimal conditions. Abbot and the democrat politicians in cities too calling this shit "unprecedented" the whole time it was happening white Ted Cruz ran away to Cancun and reps from other states actually helped people was also a load of bullshit. This happened before and was expected and the state did not prepare despite years of knowing there were glaring flaws that could have been resolved.
All this talk about opening the state for the economy is fine but keeping the economy going/safe by preparing properly for extreme weather events so all travel and services aren't literally out of power or unable to get through iced roads and highways is apparently off the table and symptomatic of news media brainwashing I guess? Like it doesn't benefit the economy to have businesses forced to shutter, with tons of spoiled food (or medicine for pharmacies), massive damage to buildings that flooding turned into literal waterfalls because of insufficient regulation on sprinkler insulation, etc. How is any of THAT good for the state economy either?