Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

Texas. La Corte d’appello federale di New Orleans ripristina la legge sull’aborto.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-10-12.

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«La Corte d’appello federale di New Orleans ha permesso al Texas di ripristinare la controversa legge che vieta la maggior parte degli aborti nello Stato.

Entrata in vigore il 1 settembre, questa legge vieta l’aborto una volta rilevato il battito cardiaco dell’embrione, a circa sei settimane di gravidanza: quando la maggior parte delle donne non sa ancora di essere incinta.

Era stata temporaneamente bloccata mercoledì da un giudice federale del Texas, a seguito di un ricorso dell’amministrazione Biden. “Questa corte non permetterà che questa scioccante privazione di un diritto così importante continui un altro giorno”, aveva scritto il giudice nella sua decisione. Gli aborti oltre le sei settimane erano quindi ripresi nelle cliniche statali.» [Ansa]

Nella diatriba politica si omette sempre di riportare come la sentenza Roe contro Wade precisasse che si applicava fino a quando il feto non fosse vitale, cioè intorno alle 22 settimane di gravidanza. Questa soglia temporale però esula da una definizione giuridica: è una assunzione da dibattersi in altra sede.

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L’aborto è parte integrante dell’ideologia liberal, ed i democratici ne hanno fatto bandiera di guerra. Elemento cardine della loro campagna elettorale.

Usa. Il senato bloccherà la legge sull’aborto, richiedendo il voto con soglia 60 per cento.

Usa. Corte Suprema rifiuta di bloccare la legge del Texas che limita l’aborto.

Usa. Corte Suprema. Rivaluterà la sentenza Roe v. Wade sull’aborto.

Midterm si avvicina a grandi passi ed un’altra sconfitta dei democratici peserebbe sul voto.

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U.S. appeals court reinstates Texas abortion law, two days after it was halted.

Washington, Oct 8 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court late on Friday temporarily reinstated Texas’s restrictive abortion law, which bars the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy and outsources enforcement of the ban to ordinary citizens.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, a conservative-leaning intermediate appeals court, granted a request on Friday by the Texas Attorney General’s Office to temporarily suspend a judge’s order blocking the abortion ban.

The administrative stay from the Fifth Circuit, a conservative-leaning appeals court, came in a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department on Sept. 9. The purpose of the administrative stay is to give the court time to determine whether to issue a more permanent ruling.

A three-judge Fifth Circuit panel gave the Justice Department until Tuesday to respond to Texas’s filings.

Justice Department representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Texas abortion law, which took effect on Sept. 1, makes no exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. It also lets ordinary citizens enforce the ban, rewarding them at least $10,000 if they successfully sue anyone who helped provide an abortion after fetal cardiac activity is detected. Critics of the law have said this provision enables people to act as anti-abortion bounty hunters.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin on Wednesday temporarily blocked the abortion ban while litigation over its legality continues.

The Justice Department has argued that the law impedes women from exercising their constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy that was recognized in the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion nationwide. The department also argued that the law improperly interferes with the operations of the federal government to provide abortion-related services.

“This is a deeply alarming order that will allow Texas’ abortion ban to go back into effect at a time when abortion providers were quickly starting to resume abortion care for all patients,” said Brigitte Amiri, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Amiri said the ACLU hopes the litigation “moves swiftly” so the Texas abortion law can be halted again, potentially by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Persona Umana, Stati Uniti

Usa. Texas. Entrata in vigore la legge che disciplina le procedure elettorali.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-09-10.

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«Here’s what the bill does:

– Scraps 24-hour polling sites

– Adds new ID requirements to vote by mail

– Prevents election officials from sending unsolicited absentee ballots to voters

– Forbids voting on Sundays before 13:00

– Makes it harder to remove partisan poll watchers and grants them “free movement” in polling places

– Creates monthly citizenship checks»

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«Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law an overhaul on voting rights that introduces sweeping changes to ways Texans can cast ballots»

«→→ The enactment of the Republican bill marks a bitter defeat for Democrats, who had fled the state in July in an effort to prevent it from passing ←←»

«The law includes a ban on drive-through and 24-hour polling places, and adds ID requirements to vote by mail»

«At least 18 states have enacted new voting laws since the November 2020 presidential election»

«The newly banned drive-through voting was credited with encouraging record voter turnout in the city of Houston – a region that voted for Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the 2020 election by 13 points»

«Three federal lawsuits have already been filed in an effort to block the bill from taking effect»

«The move is the latest action from the conservative Republicans in Texas, after earlier this month they succeeded in their effort to ban most abortions»

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Texas. Corte di Appello federale approva la nuova legge sull’aborto.

Usa. Corte Suprema rifiuta di bloccare la legge del Texas che limita l’aborto.

Usa. Il senato bloccherà la legge sull’aborto, richiedendo il voto con soglia 60 per cento.

Texas. Suprema Corte. I deputati democratici assenteisti possono essere arrestati.

Texas. Prime elezioni con la legge che regolarizza le procedure. Sorprese quasi epocali.

Texas. Dopo l’Arizona si appresta a regolamentare le procedure elettorali.

Usa. Suprema Corte. Sentenzia a favore dell’Arizona sulle restrizioni al voto.

Usa. Già 18 Stati hanno legiferato la regolamentazione delle procedure di voto. Ira dei liberal.

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È vero!

«The enactment of the Republican bill marks a bitter defeat for Democrats»

E questo amaro calice segue di pochi giorni l’avvallo dato dalla Suprema Corte alla legge del Texas che pone seri limiti alle procedure di aborto, classica bandiera di combattimento dei liberal democratici.

La Harris-Biden Administration, e la Nancy Pelosi, hanno dovuto assistere svigoriti a questi severi colpi messi a punto dai Repubblicani. Schiumano rabbia ed odio impotenti, usando una violenza verbale del tutto inusitata, ma questi sono colpi di maglio.

Tuttavia, ci si pensi bene. Chiedere agli elettori di esibire un documento valido di riconoscimento per votare sembrerebbe essere una regola del tutto ragionevole.

Ma questo semplice provvedimento è sufficiente ad evitare quelli che Mr Trump aveva definito essere “brogli elettorali

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Texas enacts controversial voting rights overhaul

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law an overhaul on voting rights that introduces sweeping changes to ways Texans can cast ballots.

The enactment of the Republican bill marks a bitter defeat for Democrats, who had fled the state in July in an effort to prevent it from passing.

The law includes a ban on drive-through and 24-hour polling places, and adds ID requirements to vote by mail.

It comes amid a wave of proposed voting overhauls in Republican-led states.

At least 18 states have enacted new voting laws since the November 2020 presidential election, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

Republicans in Texas argue the measures are essential for election security.

“Election integrity is now law in the state of Texas,” Mr Abbott said in a bill signing ceremony on Tuesday. He called the law a “paradigm” for other states wishing to pass election reform bills.

There were no substantial allegations of voting fraud during elections last year in Texas. Democrats and civil rights groups say the bill disproportionately burdens or discourages voters from ethnic minorities, as well as the elderly and disabled.

The newly banned drive-through voting was credited with encouraging record voter turnout in the city of Houston – a region that voted for Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the 2020 election by 13 points

At least 50 House Democrats boarded two private jets from Austin, Texas to Washington DC in July to prevent Republicans from holding a vote on the package.

Here’s what the bill does:

– Scraps 24-hour polling sites

– Adds new ID requirements to vote by mail

– Prevents election officials from sending unsolicited absentee ballots to voters

– Forbids voting on Sundays before 13:00

– Makes it harder to remove partisan poll watchers and grants them “free movement” in polling places

– Creates monthly citizenship checks

Republicans have maintained a grip on all state-wide offices there for three decades, and Texas had some of the most restrictive voting measures in the US even before this bill.

Three federal lawsuits have already been filed in an effort to block the bill from taking effect. Minority rights groups and disability advocates argue that the Texas law violates the federal Voting Rights Act by intentionally discriminating against minority voters.

Democratic Vice-president Kamala Harris condemned the move, tweeting that “the bill limits the options that enabled a historic number of Texans, especially citizens of colour, to vote safely in our last election”.

Mrs Harris, the first black and South Asian vice-president in US history, went on to call for Congress to pass a federal voting rights bill which has been blocked by Republicans at the national level.

The move is the latest action from the conservative Republicans in Texas, after earlier this month they succeeded in their effort to ban most abortions.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Giustizia, Stati Uniti

Usa. Corte Suprema rifiuta di bloccare la legge del Texas che limita l’aborto.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-09-03.

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La Corte Suprema rifiuta di bloccare la legge del Texas sull’aborto.

«Under Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), and nearly fifty years of unbroken precedent, a patient has a constitutionally protected right to end a pregnancy before viability»

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«The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Wednesday to block a Texas ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, dealing a major blow to abortion rights by leaving in place a state law that prohibits the vast majority of abortions»

«The decision is a major milestone in the fight over abortion, as opponents have sought for decades to roll back access to the procedure»

«By a 5-4 vote, the justices denied an emergency request by abortion and women’s health providers for an injunction on enforcement of the ban»

«One of the court’s six conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts, joined its three liberals in dissent»

«Presented with an application to enjoin a flagrantly unconstitutional law engineered to prohibit women from exercising their constitutional rights and evade judicial scrutiny, a majority of justices have opted to bury their heads in the sand» [Sonia Sotomayor]

«The court’s action over the Texas ban could foreshadow its approach in another case over a 15-week ban by Mississippi in which the state has asked the justices to overturn Roe v. Wade»

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Torniamo a malincuore sul problema dell’aborto, che adesso è materia di acerrima lotta politica.

Esso infatti è parte integrante dell’ideologia liberal, ed i democratici ne fanno bandiera di combattimento.

Precisiamo subito un aspetto lessicologico, su cui i democratici giocano ambiguamente.

La famosa sentenza Roe v, Wand sentenzia che in quella particolare situazione l’aborto non trova contrasto nella Costituzione.

Travisandone i termini, mentendo, i liberal democratici sostengono invece che l’aborto sia un diritto costituzionale.

«constitutional rights»

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«Joe Biden released a statement criticizing the Texas abortion law that went into effect today and affirming the White House’s support of Roe v Wade. Senior Democrats in Congress slammed the US supreme court for not taking up an appeal to consider the Texas abortion ban, letting the law go into effect though it virtually bans all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy» [Fonte]

Joe Biden invoca la sacralità del ‘rule of laws’ e delle sentenze, ma solo se queste siano in accoro alla sua ideologia.

È una figura che avremmo voluto non vedere mai.

I liberal si stanno rodendo il fegato dalla rabbia impotente.

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U.S. Supreme Court declines to block Texas abortion ban

Washington, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Wednesday to block a Texas ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, dealing a major blow to abortion rights by leaving in place a state law that prohibits the vast majority of abortions.

The decision is a major milestone in the fight over abortion, as opponents have sought for decades to roll back access to the procedure.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices denied an emergency request by abortion and women’s health providers for an injunction on enforcement of the ban, which took effect early on Wednesday, while litigation continues.

One of the court’s six conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts, joined its three liberals in dissent.

“The court’s order is stunning,” liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a dissenting opinion.

“Presented with an application to enjoin a flagrantly unconstitutional law engineered to prohibit women from exercising their constitutional rights and evade judicial scrutiny, a majority of justices have opted to bury their heads in the sand.”

In an unsigned explanation, the court’s majority said the decision was “not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas’s law” and allowed legal challenges to proceed.

The decision illustrates the impact of former Republican President Donald Trump’s three conservative appointees, who have tilted the court further right. All were in the majority.

The law would amount to a near-total ban on the procedure in Texas, as 85% to 90% of abortions are obtained after six weeks of pregnancy, and would probably force many clinics to close, abortion rights groups said.

Such a ban has never been permitted in any state since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, in 1973.

Texas is among a dozen mostly Republican-led states to ban the procedure once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, often at six weeks and sometimes before a woman realizes she is pregnant.

Courts have blocked such bans, citing Roe v. Wade.

The court’s action over the Texas ban could foreshadow its approach in another case over a 15-week ban by Mississippi in which the state has asked the justices to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The court will hear arguments in the term beginning in October, with a ruling due by the end of June 2022.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Giustizia, Stati Uniti

Texas. Corte di Appello federale approva la nuova legge sull’aborto.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-08-20.

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La 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals ha sentenziato la legalità della legge SB8 del Senato del Texas in materia di aborto, rovesciando la sentenza emessa da un giudice distrettuale.

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«We must decide whether the district court erred in permanently enjoining Texas’s Senate Bill 8 (SB8), which prohibits a particular type of dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion method. SB8 refers to the prohibited method as “live dismemberment” because doctors use forceps to separate, terminate, and remove the fetus. SB8 requires doctors to use alternative fetal-death methods.

The district court declared SB8 facially unconstitutional. It held that SB8 imposes an undue burden on a large fraction of women, primarily because it determined that SB8 amounted to a ban on all D&E abortions. But viewing SB8 through a binary framework—that either D&Es can be done only by live dismemberment or else women cannot receive abortions in the second trimester—is to accept a false dichotomy. Instead, the record shows that doctors can safely perform D&Es and comply with SB8 using methods that are already in widespread use. In permanently enjoining SB8, the district court committed numerous, reversible legal and factual errors: applying the wrong test to assess SB8, disregarding and misreading the Supreme Court’s precedents in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey and Gonzales v. Carhart, and bungling the large-fraction analysis. Accordingly, we VACATE the district court’s permanent injunction.

Moreover, remanding to the district court would be futile here because the record permits only one conclusion. The plaintiffs have failed to carry their heavy burden of proving that SB8 would impose an undue burden on a large fraction of women. We REVERSE and RENDER.»

«The plurality claims that the district court erred by treating the State’s interest in preserving fetal life as “only [a] marginal consideration” that has “its primary application once the fetus is capable of living outside the womb.”»

«The lower court “committed numerous, reversible legal and factual errors»

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Negli Stati Uniti si fa un gran vociare sull’aborto perché è parte integrante dell’ideologia liberal.

Ogni atto pubblico, legge o sentenza, che ne limiti la portata è percepito dai democratici come un attacco.

Senza questa politicizzazione estrema, questo argomento non comparirebbe nemmeno nelle cronache.

Si deve invece notare come i giudici dipartimentali di credo liberal boccino sistematicamente ogni legge che disciplini l’aborto, salvo poi essere smentiti dalle Corti Superiori, anche con parole avvilenti.

«The lower court “committed numerous, reversible legal and factual errors»

Pubblicato in: Giustizia, Stati Uniti

Texas. Suprema Corte. I deputati democratici assenteisti possono essere arrestati.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-08-19.

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Negli stati ove si stesse per votare una legge che regolamentasse le procedure elettorali i deputati democratici avevano preso il vezzo di assentarsi per far mancare il numero legale.

La faccenda è finita dapprima davanti ad un tribunale distrettuale, che aveva sentenziato a favore dei lib dem, ma compiendo svariati abusi. Uno per tutti

«the lower court’s order was issued without involving the defendants or their attorneys»

I processi senza ammettere la difesa sono la massima espressione dei liberal democratici

La faccenda è finita rapidamente alla Suprema Corte del Texas.

«to physically compel the attendance of absent members»

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«The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that the state House may compel the attendance of its members by civil arrest, overturning a lower court order from earlier this month»

«The Texas House has yet to reach a quorum during the second called special session because the majority of House Democrats have been absent from the floor since July 12, when they initially fled the state to break quorum during the first special session as a way to block restrictive voting legislation»

«The state House speaker last week signed 52 civil arrest warrants for Democrats who are absent without excuse»

«The question now before this Court is not whether it is a good idea for the Texas House of Representatives to arrest absent members to compel a quorum»

«Nor is the question whether the proposed voting legislation giving rise to this dispute is desirable»

«Those are political questions far outside the scope of the judicial function»

«→→ The legal question before this Court concerns only whether the Texas Constitution gives the House of Representatives the authority to physically compel the attendance of absent members ←←»

«We conclude that it does, and we therefore direct the district court to withdraw” the temporary restraining order»

«The district court very clearly abused its discretion by issuing the TRO. The defendants have no adequate appellate remedy»

«As predicted, the law is on our side»

«House Democrats were elected to do a job – and it is time for them to come home and do just that, regardless if the outcome doesn’t lean in their favor. Childish antics will not be tolerated»

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«Buffonate infantili».

E così la Harris-Biden Administration deve incassare una altra dura sentenza, che la bacchetta severamente.

Il diavolo fa le pentole, ma non i coperchi, recita un proverbio, ma quei due non riescono a fare nemmeno le pentole.

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Texas Supreme Court rules state House Democrats can be arrested to force attendance at Capitol

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that the state House may compel the attendance of its members by civil arrest, overturning a lower court order from earlier this month.

The Texas House has yet to reach a quorum during the second called special session because the majority of House Democrats have been absent from the floor since July 12, when they initially fled the state to break quorum during the first special session as a way to block restrictive voting legislation.

The state House speaker last week signed 52 civil arrest warrants for Democrats who are absent without excuse. The sergeant-at-arms last week sent the warrants to those Democrats, deputized law enforcement to find them and even dropped paperwork off at some members’ homes, though no arrests have been made.

“The question now before this Court is not whether it is a good idea for the Texas House of Representatives to arrest absent members to compel a quorum. Nor is the question whether the proposed voting legislation giving rise to this dispute is desirable,” wrote Justice Jimmy Blacklock in Tuesday’s opinion. “Those are political questions far outside the scope of the judicial function. The legal question before this Court concerns only whether the Texas Constitution gives the House of Representatives the authority to physically compel the attendance of absent members. We conclude that it does, and we therefore direct the district court to withdraw” the temporary restraining order.

The ruling stems from a petition that 19 Texas House Democrats filed in Travis County, where a state district judge issued a temporary restraining order. The all-Republican Texas Supreme Court quickly issued a temporary stay on the Democratic judge’s order, pending further review.

“The district court very clearly abused its discretion by issuing the TRO. The defendants have no adequate appellate remedy,” Blacklock wrote, noting the lower court’s order was issued without involving the defendants or their attorneys.

“I’m very disappointed in the Supreme Court’s opinion. We will continue to consult with our legal team to pursue a federal remedy that isn’t closely tied to Governor Abbott,” state Rep. Ron Reynolds, one of the 19 Democrats who filed the original petition, told CNN in a text message Tuesday night.

CNN has reached out to the offices of Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan and Gov. Greg Abbott for comment.

“As predicted, the law is on our side. House Democrats were elected to do a job – and it is time for them to come home and do just that, regardless if the outcome doesn’t lean in their favor. Childish antics will not be tolerated,” the Texas Attorney General’s Office tweeted shortly after the ruling was issued.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Giustizia, Stati Uniti

Texas. Prime elezioni con la legge che regolarizza le procedure. Sorprese quasi epocali.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-07-28.

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Texas’ 6th Congressional District To Be Decided Today In A Special Election Runoff

«Voters will hit the polls today to choose a replacement for U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, who died in February after contracting COVID-19. KERA News will be bringing you live results throughout the evening.

Longtime Republican activist Susan Wright is trying to succeed her late husband. Jake Ellzey, a state legislator and former political foe of Ron Wright, is challenging her.

The 6th Congressional District includes a chunk of southeast Tarrant County and stretches down through Ellis and Navarro counties.

It’s unusual to have two Republicans in the final pairing for a Congressional seat. That’s because this is a special election, and more than 20 candidates from both parties competed in the May 1 preliminary round. No one got close to half the vote, which triggered a runoff between the top two.

Polls are open from 7a.m. to 7 p.m. Since this election is only for the 6th Congressional District, only voters living in that district may vote. The district includes parts of Tarrant, Ellis and Navarro counties.

One of seven forms of ID will get you into a voting booth:

    Texas driver’s license

    Texas election identification certificate (EIC) issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS)

    Texas personal ID card issued by DPS

    Texas handgun license issued by DPS

    U.S. citizenship certificate containing your photograph

    U.S. military ID card containing your photograph

    U.S. passport, book or card»

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A seguito della morte di Mr Ron Wright, deputato repubblicano, il 1° maggio si sono tenute le elezioni primarie, nelle quali i due candidati meglio votati erano ambedue repubblicani.

Un risultato del tutto inusuale: il ballottaggio avviene tra loro due, assenti candidati democratici.

Questi è il risultato della nuova legislazione del Texas che regolarizza le procedure elettorali.

Il fatto più rilevante verte l’introduzione della esibizione di un documento di identità con fotografia, oltre a tempi e modi certi per il voto per corrispondenza.

Tra un anno si terranno le votazioni di midterm, che si presentano scabrose per i liberal democratici.

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Trump-backed candidate on ballot in U.S. House runoff in Texas

Voters in Texas will provide another measure of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s influence over Republicans when they choose whether to replace a congressman who died of COVID-19 with his Trump-backed widow or a former fighter pilot.

The runoff election on Tuesday between two Republicans in the state’s 6th Congressional District outside Dallas will reduce Democrats’ narrow 220-211 majority in the U.S. House of Representatives by one seat as Congress prepares to try to pass Democratic President Joe Biden’s sweeping $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. Two Republicans emerged from 23 candidates in the first round of voting May 1.

Trump moved quickly to endorse Susan Wright, a 58-year-old Republican activist, to succeed her husband, U.S. Representative Ron Wright, who died of the coronavirus on Feb. 7. Trump’s political action committee, which raises funds to wield political influence, made a last-minute $100,000 television ad buy for her over the weekend, campaign finance records show.

Her rival is fellow conservative state Senator Jake Ellzey, 51, a former Navy fighter pilot who flew combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has far exceeded her in fundraising, taking in $1.7 million through July 7, $1 million more than Wright, according to Federal Election Commission data.

Trump won the district by three percentage points in the 2020 presidential election, a nine-point slide from four years earlier.

“Trump’s endorsement took a relatively equal playing field … and tipped it decidedly toward Wright,” said Mark Jones, a Rice University political science professor. If the election had been happening concurrently with other, local elections, some Democrats voting in local races might have voted for Ellzey to express dislike for Trump, he said.

“As things stand, I doubt very many Democrats will turn out to vote for a conservative Republican like Ellzey simply because Trump endorsed his opponent,” Jones said.

Democrats have made gains in the region in recent years. But they narrowly missed getting a candidate into the runoff, losing what may have been their best shot at adding to their thin House majority.

The Trump-allied fundraising arm of the conservative Club for Growth based in Washington, D.C., says it has spent over $1 million in television ads and mailers for Wright. They proclaim Trump’s endorsement of Wright and sharply attack Ellzey, charging that Democrats are trying to get him elected.

“I don’t think most Dems are voting” in Tuesday’s election, said Jana Lynne Sanchez, the Democrat who was edged out of the runoff by 354 votes back in May, when there were 23 candidates on the ballot. “They are both very far right.”

Ellzey has countered by touting his endorsement by former Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican who was a member of Trump’s Cabinet, and Representative Dan Crenshaw, a Republican congressman from Houston.

Perry on Facebook denounced the Club for Growth “for tearing down a real American hero.”

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti, Vizi e Depravazioni

USA. 33 stati hanno introdotto 250 leggi che disciplinano gli lgbtq. Il caso del Texas.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-07-27.

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«Texas bid to limit LGBTQ rights signals pushback against Biden»

«Transgender participation in sports becomes new flashpoint»

«More than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in 33 states»

«Of those, 25 were signed into law»

«A drive by Texas lawmakers to restrict transgender participation in sports is the latest signal of pushback in Republican-led states as President Joe Biden champions expanded LGBTQ rights»

«In Texas, the number of bills introduced to limit transgender rights has more than doubled to almost 50 this year, including 17 proposals offered during a 30-day special session that ended Wednesday»

«The Democratic-led U.S. House in February passed the Equality Act, which would amend federal civil rights laws, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to extend protections to cover sexual orientation and gender identity in the workforce, public places and government programs. The measure is stalled in the 50-50 Senate, where many Republicans argue it infringes on religious freedom»

«That prospect is clouded by Senate rules that require at least 60 votes to advance most legislation»

«This week’s special session of the Texas legislature called by Governor Greg Abbott brought state Senate approval of two measures — SB 2 and SB 32 — that would require transgender student athletes to compete on sports teams based on their gender assigned at birth»

«the differences in body mass and makeup between men and women would make competition unfair»

«A Gallup poll released in May found that 66% of Americans favor allowing transgender Americans to serve in the military.»

«→→ When it came to sports, 62% of respondents to the poll said they believe that transgender athletes should play on sports teams that match their gender assigned at birth ←←»

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La dottrina lgbtq è parte integrante della ideologia liberal, ed i democratici ne hanno fatto bandiera, questione di vita o di morte. Ovunque ne abbiano il potere, la impongono.

Il problema diventa quindi politico.

«Texas bid to limit LGBTQ rights signals pushback against Biden»

La Harris-Biden Administration è sulla graticola.

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Texas Bid to Limit LGBTQ Rights Signals Pushback Against Biden

– Transgender participation in sports becomes new flashpoint

– More than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in 33 states

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A drive by Texas lawmakers to restrict transgender participation in sports is the latest signal of pushback in Republican-led states as President Joe Biden champions expanded LGBTQ rights.

While the two Texas bills are stuck because of a walkout by the state’s House Democrats, they’re part of a growing trend of more than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in 33 states this year. Of those, 25 were signed into law, according to the Human Rights Campaign — the most in a year since the group began tracking the figures in 2015.

In Texas, the number of bills introduced to limit transgender rights has more than doubled to almost 50 this year, including 17 proposals offered during a 30-day special session that ended Wednesday, all of them dealing with transgender people competing in sports, according to Equality Texas, an advocacy group.

“This constitutes a national emergency,” said Ricardo Martinez, the group’s chief executive officer. “And we don’t have to wait for these bills to be passed for them to cause harm.”

By contrast, Biden has issued executive orders to advance the LGBTQ rights. He lifted the ban on transgender service in the U.S. military and the State Department has ended requirements for medical certification for passports if a person’s self-selected gender doesn’t match the gender on their identity documents.

The Democratic-led U.S. House in February passed the Equality Act, which would amend federal civil rights laws, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to extend protections to cover sexual orientation and gender identity in the workforce, public places and government programs. The measure is stalled in the 50-50 Senate, where many Republicans argue it infringes on religious freedom.

The risk is a patchwork of rules so anyone moving across state lines will “literally have your legal rights change multiple times,” said Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “These issues certainly should be resolved at the federal level.”

That prospect is clouded by Senate rules that require at least 60 votes to advance most legislation. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat who’s the author of the Senate version of the Equality Act, has been lobbying Republicans to support the legislation, but there’s no sign of imminent action.

Merkey said in an email that he’s “hopeful that we will continue to build on the Equality Act’s momentum, by getting this bill across the finish line in the Senate and onto President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.”

School sports have become the latest battleground on LGBTQ rights. This week’s special session of the Texas legislature called by Governor Greg Abbott brought state Senate approval of two measures — SB 2 and SB 32 — that would require transgender student athletes to compete on sports teams based on their gender assigned at birth.

Texas Senator Charles Perry, who wrote both bills, argued that the differences in body mass and makeup between men and women would make competition unfair.

“It is not OK to destroy the dreams of one for the benefit of another,” he said during a committee hearing on Monday.

Nine states ban transgender students from participating in school sports with their gender identity, according to the Movement Advancement Project.

Several medical associations including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health have issued statements in support of gender affirming care for transgender youth and their participation in sports.

A Gallup poll released in May found that 66% of Americans favor allowing transgender Americans to serve in the military. When it came to sports, 62% of respondents to the poll said they believe that transgender athletes should play on sports teams that match their gender assigned at birth. Still, 53% of respondents in the Gallup poll said they think new civil rights laws are needed to reduce discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.

Next week, the Tokyo Games will provide a spotlight, featuring the first transgender athletes who qualified since the International Olympic Committee allowed their participation in 2004.

“The same fringe groups who fought and lost against marriage equality and bathroom access continue to use misinformation and false claims to target LGBTQ people and kids across the country,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD, the LGBTQ advocacy group.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Giustizia, Stati Uniti

Texas. Dopo l’Arizona si appresta a regolamentare le procedure elettorali.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-07-13.

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Analysis: Out of power in Washington, Republicans pursue hard-right agenda

«Shut out of power in Washington, Republicans are using their dominance in state houses across the country to oppose Democratic President Joe Biden’s agenda»

«In Texas, Republican lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would allow citizens to carry a handgun without a permit or any training»

«In Florida, Oklahoma and Iowa, Republican legislators passed bills granting immunity to drivers who hit protesters»

«Across the country, a bevy of states have passed bills preventing transgender athletes from playing high school sports»

«And Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a sweeping new reform bill that limits mail-in voting and ballot drop boxes»

«Although Democrats control the White House and both chambers of Congress, Republicans dominate the nation’s statehouses»

«Republicans now control the legislatures of 30 states and also hold the governor’s office in 23 of those states»

«So far this year, Republican state lawmakers have proposed or advanced more than 250 bills regarded by activists as being restrictive of LGBTQ rights, 361 bills with restrictive voting provisions, and passed 35 bills to relax gun regulations»

«Florida, with DeSantis at the helm, is leading the way in advancing right-wing legislation»

«Florida passed bills in the last two weeks prohibiting businesses from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination in the state and social media companies from silencing conservatives on their platforms»

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«Texas lawmakers will kick off a special session on Thursday to consider a range of Republican-backed measures, including voting restrictions that Democratic lawmakers previously blocked»

«Republican Governor Greg Abbott has also instructed state lawmakers to consider bills that would block transgender students from competing in athletics that correspond with their gender identity, fund arrests of immigrants living in the country illegally, restrict abortion access and limit teaching about the role of racism in the United States»

«Republican-controlled legislatures across the country have passed similar measures in recent months in an effort to push back against Democratic President Joe Biden’s agenda»

«In a dramatic walkout on May 30, just before the end of the state’s regular legislative session, Democratic lawmakers denied Republicans the quorum needed to pass a bill that would have limited early voting hours, added new identification requirements for absentee voting and banned ballot drop boxes»

«Republicans control both the state legislature and the governor’s office»

«But Texas Republicans are likely to pass the elections bill, known as SB 7, in the special session that could last up to 30 days»

«Hearings on the bill will begin on Saturday»

«Fighting voter suppression is a priority for Biden»

«Vice President Kamala Harris, whom Biden has assigned to lead the administration’s work in that area, will announce expansions to a Democratic National Committee voter mobilization campaign on Thursday»

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Usa. Suprema Corte. Sentenzia a favore dell’Arizona sulle restrizioni al voto.

Forti della sentenza della Corte Suprema Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee (19-1257), gli stati retti dai repubblicani stanno organizzandosi per approvare leggi statali che regolarizzino le procedure elettorali, in particolare il voto per corrispondenza e l’obbligo di esibire un documento di identità.

«Republicans now control the legislatures of 30 states and also hold the governor’s office in 23 of those states»

Nelle prossime elezioni almeno in 30 stati i liberal democratici non potranno più far affluire al voto le masse che avevano accuratamente allevate ed istruite, e senza alcun rispetto delle identità e dei tempi. Se non erano ‘brogli’ ci si assomigliavano davvero tanto.

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Texas legislature to take up voting limits, other measures in special session

July 8 (Reuters) – Texas lawmakers will kick off a special session on Thursday to consider a range of Republican-backed measures, including voting restrictions that Democratic lawmakers previously blocked.

Republican Governor Greg Abbott has also instructed state lawmakers to consider bills that would block transgender students from competing in athletics that correspond with their gender identity, fund arrests of immigrants living in the country illegally, restrict abortion access and limit teaching about the role of racism in the United States.

Republican-controlled legislatures across the country have passed similar measures in recent months in an effort to push back against Democratic President Joe Biden’s agenda and satisfy diehard supporters of his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump. read more

“We have unfinished business to ensure that Texas remains the most exceptional state in America,” Abbott said in a statement on Wednesday as he released the agenda for the special session.

In a dramatic walkout on May 30, just before the end of the state’s regular legislative session, Democratic lawmakers denied Republicans the quorum needed to pass a bill that would have limited early voting hours, added new identification requirements for absentee voting and banned ballot drop boxes. read more

The boycott marked a notable victory for Democrats, who have unsuccessfully fought a slew of similar laws passed since the beginning of the year in states where, like in Texas, Republicans control both the state legislature and the governor’s office. read more

But Texas Republicans are likely to pass the elections bill, known as SB 7, in the special session that could last up to 30 days. Hearings on the bill will begin on Saturday, according to a tweet from Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

Voting rights advocates plan to rally outside the statehouse on Monday and lobby lawmakers to oppose the voting restrictions, according to Anthony Gutierrez, Texas director of Common Cause.

James Slattery, senior staff attorney at the Texas Civil Rights Project, called Abbott’s agenda for the special session a “carnival-esque” political maneuver that ignored the state’s most pressing crises, such as deadly power grid failures that left 4.3 million people without heat for days during a February cold snap.

Slattery said that while many bills on Abbott’s agenda would threaten Texans’ civil rights, the legislation making voting harder was especially alarming.

“A fully functioning democracy keeps government accountable to the people, so all the other fights flow from that,” he said.

Fighting voter suppression is a priority for Biden, who is meeting with civil rights groups on Thursday to discuss their efforts to protect voting rights, according to a Democratic official.

Vice President Kamala Harris, whom Biden has assigned to lead the administration’s work in that area, will announce expansions to a Democratic National Committee voter mobilization campaign on Thursday, the official said.

Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

Usa. 14,845,450 persone (+3,756) ancora assistite con sovvenzioni federali.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-06-30.

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Lo U.S. Department of Labor ha rilasciato i dati sulle richieste di nuovi sussidi di disoccupazione e sulle richieste di disoccupazione continua.

La situazione è statisticamente invariata.

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Lo U.S. Department of Labor ha rilasciato il Report Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report.

                         SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending June 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 411,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 6,000 from 412,000 to 418,000. The 4-week moving average was 397,750, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 1,250 from 395,000 to 396,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending June 12, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending June 12 was 3,390,000, a decrease of 144,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since March 21, 2020 when it was 3,094,000. The previous week’s level was revised up 16,000 from 3,518,000 to 3,534,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,552,500, a decrease of 55,250 from the previous week’s revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 21, 2020 when it was 2,071,750. The previous week’s average was revised up by 4,000 from 3,603,750 to 3,607,750.

                         UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 393,078 in the week ending June 19, a decrease of 14,720 (or -3.6 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 7,823 (or -1.9 percent) from the previous week. There were 1,447,127 initial claims in the comparable week in 2020. In addition, for the week ending June 19, 51 states reported 104,682 initial claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the week ending June 12, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted level of insured unemployment in state programs totaled 3,210,285, a decrease of 94,092 (or -2.8 percent) from the preceding week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 50,364 (or 1.5 percent) from the previous week. A year earlier the rate was 12.2 percent and the volume was 17,823,790.

The total number of continued weeks claimed for benefits in all programs for the week ending June 5 was 14,845,450, an increase of 3,756 from the previous week. There were 31,337,556 weekly claims filed for benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2020.

During the week ending June 5, Extended Benefits were available in the following 12 states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Texas. 3

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 905 in the week ending June 12, an increase of 292 from the prior week. There were 569 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 141 from the preceding week.

There were 10,764 continued weeks claimed filed by former Federal civilian employees the week ending June 5, a decrease of 276 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 6,554, an increase of 205 from the prior week.

During the week ending June 5, 51 states reported 5,950,167 continued weekly claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits and 51 states reported 5,273,180 continued claims for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending June 5 were in the Virgin Islands (19.5), Rhode Island (4.8), Nevada (4.5), California (3.9), Connecticut (3.9), Puerto Rico (3.9), Alaska (3.7), Illinois (3.6), New York (3.6), and District of Columbia (3.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending June 12 were in Pennsylvania (+21,905), California (+15,131), Kentucky (+9,172), Florida (+3,344), and Texas (+3,127), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-5,615), Delaware (-2,516), Washington (-1,998), Tennessee (-1,746), and Alabama (-1,706).

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Problemia Energetici, Stati Uniti

Usa. Grid. Rimetterlo in sesto costerà circa trenta trilioni Usd. – Bloomberg.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-03-09.

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L’articolo a seguito riportato è di Bloomberg, non da Il Lercio.

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«Weak grids expose risks for the electrification of everything»

«Blackouts are growing as extreme weather events increase»

«Global investment in grids will reach $28.7 trillion by 2050»

«Home heating systems shutting down. Hospitals facing water shortages. Oil refineries going offline. The freezing, snowy weather in Texas exposed how quickly an energy system can be brought down and how widespread the chaos can be»

«That raises questions about the vulnerability of power grids around the world just as more parts of our everyday lives electrify»

«Electrifying sectors such as transportation and heating is considered vital for reducing the emissions contributing to global warming, yet the grids may not be able to handle the load.»

«The risks for power consumers are rising as the typical home electrifies an increasing share of its energy consumption»

«BNEF estimates that global investment in grid infrastructure could increase to $28.7 trillion during that time to support a tripling in renewable capacity»

«That amount is larger than the U.S. gross domestic product»

«In Britain, network charges already make up 22% of power bills»

«It’s estimated Europe will need to spend $4.9 trillion on its grids, with about 45% of that just for strengthening what’s already there»

«State Grid Corp. of China, which operates the infrastructure for more than 80% of the country, spent 2.43 trillion yuan ($376 billion) on projects the past five years and is earmarking another $350 billion through 2025»

«The crisis in Texas highlights weaknesses in the U.S. network that need fixing to help achieve President Joe Biden’s goal of an emissions-free power system by 2035»

«Calls are growing for the industry to change its modeling for weather disruptions and its planning to address them»

«Sub-zero temperatures are rare in Texas, and the recent arctic blast wreaked havoc with wind turbine blades freezing, power plants shutting down, and liquid oil and gas solidifying in pipelines and wells»

«Another reason for Europe’s resilience to the cold is that about 41% of the continent’s low-voltage power lines — the ones mostly serving residential communities — lie underground, making them less vulnerable to weather»

«That’s not the case for overhead cables, which can stretch in the high temperatures of a Texas summer and hang dangerously low to the ground»

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Energia. Il problema degli elettrodotti a lunga distanza. Le dissipazioni.

Trenta trilioni Usd sono poco meno che due volte il pil annuale americano. È una cifra che, a nostro sommesso parere, gli Stati Uniti non possono permettersi di spendere.

Gli impianti eolici e quelli fotovoltaici devono per forza di cose essere messi dove ci sia il vento oppure splenda il sole, rispettivamente. Questo comporta la necessità di costruire elettrodotti che portino l’energia dal luogo di produzione a quello del consumo: ma più sono lunghi, più dissipano, ed alla resa dei conti ai consumatori arriva la metà dell’energia prodotta, e che vada bene.

Dovrebbe essere un concetto facile da intendersi.

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Weak Grids Expose Risks for the Electrification of Everything

– Blackouts are growing as extreme weather events increase

– Global investment in grids will reach $28.7 trillion by 2050

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Home heating systems shutting down. Hospitals facing water shortages. Oil refineries going offline.

The freezing, snowy weather in Texas exposed how quickly an energy system can be brought down and how widespread the chaos can be. That raises questions about the vulnerability of power grids around the world just as more parts of our everyday lives electrify.

Grid operators model the reliability of their systems to handle harsh weather, and climate change is triggering more of those events at both ends of the thermometer. Electrifying sectors such as transportation and heating is considered vital for reducing the emissions contributing to global warming, yet the grids may not be able to handle the load.

“The risks for power consumers are rising as the typical home electrifies an increasing share of its energy consumption,” said Sanjeet Sanghera, a London-based energy analyst with BloombergNEF. “You are putting all your eggs in one basket.”

Global demand for electrons is set to surge 60% by 2050, according to BNEF, as electric vehicles, smart devices and the Internet of Things become more commonplace. BNEF estimates that global investment in grid infrastructure could increase to $28.7 trillion during that time to support a tripling in renewable capacity. That amount is larger than the U.S. gross domestic product.

The challenge facing policy makers is how to make that spending palatable to customers. In Britain, network charges already make up 22% of power bills.

It’s estimated Europe will need to spend $4.9 trillion on its grids, with about 45% of that just for strengthening what’s already there.

The continent’s biggest economy, Germany, is targeting 10 million EVs on the roads by 2030, a push that could raise overall electricity demand by 10%, said Andreas Loeschel, professor of energy economics at the University of Muenster.

China is the world’s biggest EV market, and the power network is trying to keep those cars running. State Grid Corp. of China, which operates the infrastructure for more than 80% of the country, spent 2.43 trillion yuan ($376 billion) on projects the past five years and is earmarking another $350 billion through 2025. The world’s second-biggest economy wants to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

“There’s going to be a significant ramp-up in complexity because of more connection points that will be needed and also more demand,” said Gerhard Salge, chief technology officer at Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd., the world’s biggest installer.

The crisis in Texas highlights weaknesses in the U.S. network that need fixing to help achieve President Joe Biden’s goal of an emissions-free power system by 2035. A study commissioned by trade association WIRES before these outages said as much as $600 billion in spending will be required by 2050.

It’s difficult to assess how much investment is enough. Calls are growing for the industry to change its modeling for weather disruptions and its planning to address them.

Sub-zero temperatures are rare in Texas, and the recent arctic blast wreaked havoc with wind turbine blades freezing, power plants shutting down, and liquid oil and gas solidifying in pipelines and wells.

Demand records in Europe were broken this month as frosty weather clamped down on several countries, but there were no blackouts. One reason: gas is used more widely for heating than electricity, so the load is spread across a different network.

That advantage may soon disappear, though. As the European Union implements its Green Deal, heating systems need to shift away from gas in order to decarbonize.

Another reason for Europe’s resilience to the cold is that about 41% of the continent’s low-voltage power lines — the ones mostly serving residential communities — lie underground, making them less vulnerable to weather, according to Europacable, an industry group.​

That’s not the case for overhead cables, which can stretch in the high temperatures of a Texas summer and hang dangerously low to the ground. Strong winds and lightning strikes also pose threats.

While the Texas storm is a once-in-a-decade event, extreme weather events are happening more frequently. Last year, the U.S. endured a record-setting 22 weather and climate disaster events, with losses exceeding $1 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The worst heatwave in generations hit California in August and triggered the first rolling blackouts since 2001. The state has an ambitious clean-energy policy — getting about a third of its generation from renewables — but near-record demand tested that shift.

Regulators say this can’t happen again and are ordering utilities to find more sources of power, including by building giant batteries and contracting more capacity from gas plants.

“Extreme temperatures are putting today’s power systems in transition to fresh tests,” International Energy Agency analysts Keith Everhart and Gergely Molnar wrote in a Feb. 18 report. “Avoiding major outages in the electricity systems is also crucial to ensure solid societal support for clean energy transitions.”

South Australia state suffered a state-wide blackout in September 2016 after storms brought down power lines, stoking debate in the coal-dominated nation about the reliability of renewable generation. Wind farms were meeting about 48% of the state’s electricity at the time.

By 2050, about 70% of Europe’s power capacity will be wind and solar. The grid will need better ways to collect and distribute this electricity, and battery storage will be crucial to making the system more resilient to extreme weather.

One criticism leveled at Texas is that its grid is isolated from the rest of the U.S., so power companies couldn’t call on neighboring states for help.

“We are in the early phase of development where we must continue and even accelerate,” Salge said. “Without that we will not have any chance of making these very ambitious carbon-neutral targets.”