Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed Texas on Sunday, saying that the state had "ignored climate change."
"The bottom line is, Texas thought it could go it alone and built a system that ignored climate change," Schumer said, referencing the state's decision to have an independent power grid. "...It was not what's called resilient, and now Texas is paying the price."
Million in Texas saw power blackouts after a winter storm brought record-low temperatures and took out the state's power grid and water system.
Texas has not been forced to weatherize its grid because it is not subject to federal oversight.
"When we build power, when we build anything now, we have to take into account that climate change is real, or people will have to be caught the way the people in Texas were," Schumer said.