Think there’s a couple of things a play re: Texas. The first is a wider problem of the pandemic having been politicised - even more than it has been here.
The second is the ‘Texas mentality’, that seems to afflict some of the state’s political types. Texas knows best, even when it doesn’t - its a form of exeptionalism.
This is one example of it, another would be their electricity grid. Texas being the only (mainland) state where the grid has been specially designed not to cross any state line and so escapes any form of federal regulation or control coming from out-of-state.
The recent electricity outages there stem from the state’s grid not being sufficiently insulated for wet and wintery conditions. These storms happen every decade or so and every decade the federal regulators beg the state to winterise - they can’t force them to however, because the state has energy independence… and so people die when it snows there.
Sad, but that’s Texan politics and it ain’t changing anytime soon.
Back on topic, though, good to see us getting more Dollars to the Pound. Shame none of us can get over there and benefit from it on holiday right now. Good for buying stuff like software online too.