Bill Gates on Saturday mentioned that among the deaths from the extreme winter climate that hit Texas may have been prevented by weatherizing vitality vegetation. In a Saturday night interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the billionaire philanthropist argued that pure gasoline vegetation in Texas haven’t been constructed to resist excessive climate, resulting in thousands and thousands of individuals throughout the state dropping energy and battling freezing temperatures. As of Saturday, round 70 folks have died in Texas and different states which were hit by the winter freeze, together with victims of automobile crashes, carbon monoxide poisoning, drownings, home fires and hypothermia, in accordance with The Associated Press. Abbott has confronted criticism for stating that the outages occurred with renewable vitality sources, though officers with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas have mentioned that points with varied sources, significantly pure gasoline, have contributed to the issue. “Our wind and our photo voltaic acquired shut down, they usually have been collectively greater than 10 p.c of our energy grid, and that thrust Texas right into a scenario the place it was missing energy on a statewide foundation,” Abbott mentioned earlier within the week throughout an interview with Fox News’ Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTucker Carlson to supply video podcasts for Fox Nation Trump to look on conservative networks in wake of Limbaugh’s loss of life Fox News goes with wall-to-wall protection of Limbaugh loss of life MORE. Gates a proponent of inexperienced vitality, pushed again towards the assertion. “This shouldn’t be due to renewable dependency,” Gates informed Cooper Saturday. “This is pure gasoline vegetation, largely, that weren’t weatherized. They may’ve been.”“It prices cash, and the commerce off was made, and it did not work out, and it is tragic that it has result in folks dying,” he added. Gates went on to say that local weather change may very well be thought-about the principle trigger of maximum climate occasions, including that an elevated reliance on renewable vitality may forestall future disasters much like the winter storm. “It is ironic guilty renewables and never understand that we’re going to must be coping with this until we get the entire world to cut back emissions,” Gates mentioned. Critics have condemned Abbott and Texas’s total preparedness for the winter storm, with 5 Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee writing in a letter to the GOP governor on Friday.  “The occasions of this week display that there are vital shortcomings in preparations and extra have to be executed to guard communities disproportionately impacted by winter energy outages,” they wrote.  The letter was written in response to a report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation that mentioned electricity-generating corporations “didn’t adequately put together for winter,” particularly citing insufficient insulation and a failure to coach operators and upkeep personnel on winter preparations.