Humanitarian Disaster Still Happening Despite Democrats’ Inspiring Tweets
People across the nation were devastated this week by a freakish cold snap that affected even the southernmost regions of the contiguous United States. In Texas alone, millions of people were left without power, running water, or shelter, all while facing unprecedented cold temperatures. Luckily, federal leadership stepped up in the face of this crisis.
“My thoughts are with those who are frozen into giant rectangular ice blocks in Texas right now,” tweeted Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday night. “We need relief for Americans affected by this crisis immediately.”
More than 24 hours later, however, no relief had arrived, and the Vice President’s Twitter feed hadn’t so much as updated.
“You really can’t blame her,” said Daphne Cunningham from Austin. “Would I appreciate some aid? FEMA? Another tweet? Yes, of course, but I’m sure the reason she’s gone offline is because she’s so hard at work. In the meantime, while my kids and I are sleeping in three coats in our 27 degree house, I feel warmer just knowing she was thinking about us at 8:34pm the other day.”
Harris was not the only powerful Democrat to voice concerns about the disaster. “I am heartbroken to see the terrible damage in Texas today,” tweeted Senator Amy Klobuchar. “Climate change is real.”
“It was surprising when I read the tweet and looked at my kitchen and realized my pipes had still burst and the whole place was flooded,” said Mike Trevor from Dallas. “But still, it’s the thought that counts, right? Senator Klobuchar taking the time to post was just the support I needed. That’s solidarity.”
The disaster in Texas follows a harrowing year of bizarre natural disasters including wildfires on the west coast, hurricanes with record-breaking winds, a derecho in the midwest, and lava sharknadoes tearing through New England. But despite being the newest victims of the oncoming climate crisis, Texans are optimistic about the future given the new presidential administration.
“Things aren’t so bad. Biden’s gonna reverse all these climate disasters once he starts putting in the work on that plan to reduce emissions 25% by 2080, so it’ll be like they never even happened,” said UT Austin student Phillip Mason. “Really it’s just refreshing to have a president who believes in science,” he said, standing in front of his collapsing apartment complex.