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A shopper walks past a mostly bare shelf as people stock up on necessities at the H-E-B grocery store in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 18. A devastating winter storm that hit the middle of the country last month helped send retail sales tumbling. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Power lines near Houston on Feb. 16. Some Texas residents are facing enormous power bills after wholesale prices for electricity skyrocketed amid last week's massive grid failure. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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A sign at a vaccination site in Los Angeles reflects the holdup in vaccine distribution as a result of this week's storms. White House officials said Friday that the extreme weather delayed the shipment of some 6 million doses across the country. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A worker repairs a power line in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. Although power was slowly being restored to much of the state, weather-related water issues persist. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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FORT WORTH, TX - FEBRUARY 16: Pike Electric service trucks line up after a snow storm on February 16, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas as storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) Ron Jenkins/Getty Images hide caption

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Snow covers the ground in Waco, Texas, on Feb. 17. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has blamed renewable energy sources for the blackouts that have hit the state. In fact, they were caused by a systemwide failure across all energy sources. Matthew Busch/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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No, The Blackouts In Texas Weren't Caused By Renewables. Here's What Really Happened

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People in Houston wait in line to fill their propane tanks on Wednesday amidst widespread power outages related to the winter storm. Cases of carbon monoxide poisoning in the state have increased in recent days, with officials attributing most to the improper use of heating devices like charcoal grills and portable generators. Mark Felix/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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A woman living on the streets uses blankets to keep warm, Thursday in downtown San Antonio. Snow, ice and subfreezing weather continue to wreak havoc on the state's power grid and utilities. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reported on Wednesday that 332 local water systems across the state, 276 issued boil-water notices to make tap water safe to drink. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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