The Daily Populous

Wednesday February 17th, 2021 night edition

image for An old Ted Cruz tweet mocking California's 'failed energy policies' resurfaces as a storm leaves millions of Texans without power

In August, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas mocked California's "failed energy policies" on Twitter.

His post resurfaced on Tuesday as over 3 million Texans were without electricity during a winter storm.

An August tweet in which Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas mocked California's "failed energy policies" recirculated on social media on Tuesday as millions of Texans were without electricity because of a rare and severe winter storm.

As of Monday, about 154 million Americans were under some form of winter-weather advisory, CNN reported.

About 3.6 million Texans were without power on Tuesday afternoon, according to the outage-tracking site, as the state's infrastructure struggles to handle the inclement weather.

Over the summer, California experienced wildfires and extreme heat waves that strained the state's power infrastructure and caused outages.

Now, Texas' power grid has failed; the state's infrastructure is largely unequipped to handle lots of ice and snow and freezing temperatures. »

Revealed: Monsanto owner and US officials pressured Mexico to drop glyphosate ban

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The pressure on Mexico is similar to actions Bayer and chemical industry lobbyists took to kill a glyphosate ban planned by Thailand in 2019.

Thailand officials had also cited concerns for public health in seeking to ban the weedkiller, but reversed course after US threats about trade disruption.

A spokesman for the EPA said the agency regularly engages with officials in Mexico and “has not taken any regulatory actions against Mexico’s decisions on glyphosate or GMO corn”. »

Trump and Giuliani sued for conspiracy to incite deadly Capitol riot

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A Democratic congressman and a leading civil rights group are suing Donald Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani for allegedly inciting the deadly insurrection on the US Capitol on 6 January.

As well as targeting Mr Trump and Mr Giuliani, the suit also names two far-right organisations, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.

President Trump did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on Jan 6th. »

30 Taliban militants killed in explosion during bomb-making class

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At least 30 Taliban militants have died in Afghanistan after they blew themselves up during a bomb-making class.

The bodies of the six foreigners could not be identified because of the extent of the damage caused by the explosion, the army statement revealed.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid immediately tweeted a denial, saying Afghan government forces were defeated in the fighting in Ghazni. »

Two dead from carbon monoxide poisoning after using car for heat in Texas storm

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Houston officers and firefighters responded to a welfare call to find two adults and two children suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, the police department said Tuesday morning.

A woman and a girl did not survive, while a man and a boy were rushed to a hospital for treatment.

At least 25 people have died in weather-related fatalities so far since the weekend, the majority in Texas. »