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Dale Hansen Unplugged: Winter storm damage shows that 'we don't pay in Texas for a lot of things we need'

"The energy companies that couldn't keep the lights on would seem the obvious place to start, but the real problem is so much bigger than them," Hansen says.

Dale Hansen sounds off on the winter storm that slammed Texas and who is to blame on how unprepared the energy companies were to handle the aftermath. 

The energy companies that couldn't keep the lights on would seem the obvious place to start, but the real problem is so much bigger than them.

They weren't prepared for the record cold, because we don't pay them to be prepared. We don't pay in Texas for a lot of things we need. Better teacher salaries for one, a policeman’s pay another.

But when you live in a state where the former governor Rick Perry said this week, "Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business,"  and he used to be the federal government's energy secretary... What did you think was going to happen

Four days in the dark, four days in the freezing cold, and thousands of homes with no water to drink.  

I've lived through worse winters in Iowa and Minnesota, much worse than anything we've seen this week.

So the only question now, are we prepared to pay the energy companies to be prepared? 

Hear more in the above video.