Tag: Texas

Why is Texas suffering power blackouts during the winter freeze?

The oil- and gas-rich state is experiencing what officials call a ‘total failure’ of its electricity infrastructure Millions of people in Texas have spent days in below-freezing temperatures without power in what officials have called a “total failure” of the state’s electricity infrastructure. How did oil- and gas-rich Texas – the biggest producer of energy […]

A common fertilizer can cause explosions. The EPA doesn’t classify it as ‘hazardous.’

A common fertilizer can cause explosions. The EPA doesn’t classify it as ‘hazardous

This story was published in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity and The World. The blast sent Robby Payne into a plastic tank of liquid cattle feed, knocking him unconscious. Had he not been wearing 25 pounds of firefighting gear, which buffered the impact, he might well have perished. Payne, a college track star-turned-funeral […]