Cancel Electricity Bills for Texans!

Hey friends in @Texas! From your Debt Collective comrades, we hope you are safe and well, and that you, your family and friends are recovering from last week’s events.

What is happening in Texas is an outrage. It’s scandalous that during such a horrific time following the lack of power and water for millions that many are now struggling with skyrocketing power bills. Governor Abbot’s focus on the private market instead of Texans was obvious last week when the Public Utility Commission had an emergency meeting and decided to raise the price of energy on Monday – before the damage even started.* Although they claim they did this to incentivize electricity companies to provide more power, the opposite has happened – not only did 1 in 3 Texans go without lights or heat, now millions are suffering from astronomical electricity bills, or we can anticipate them in the future.

If you’re in Texas and struggling with high bills or need support, check out our simple guide on how to deal with your electricity bills, who to submit complaints to if your electricity provider isn’t working with you, and mutual aid resources and networks you can connect with that can help.

Abbott and the State Government have said they’re pausing electricity bills temporarily while they try to figure out what to do about the exponential rates. But we know what they should do – they should cancel this debt, and we should move to public control and ownership of our grid. If you agree, help make sure they hear from us: click here to send an email to Governor Abbot and Texas Representatives demanding they cancel these bills and move toward electric for all – and share it with your friends!

What’s happening in Texas is a perfect example of why we at the Debt Collective are building our debtor union. Alone your utility debts can feel terrifying. But together they show that the system is broken, and we can change that system together. Together, we will build power to take back our power – and ensure power for all.

And again – we hope everyone is safe & well! Be sure to share the resources above, and if folks see more things that should be added to our guide reply to this message! It’s a living doc, and we’ll keep updating it as things keep changing in Texas.


Umme, I agree with all that you wrote about the crisis of weather and greed-induced power rate increases in Texas–especially how it relates to the crushing principle of the loans to students, and the high rate of nonnegotiable interest that students have to pay on the loans. Moreover, the cost of higher education went sky-high in just a few deregulated years. Since the 1980s, the cost of an undergraduate degree has increased by a shocking 213% at public schools, and 129% at private schools. This blog by The University of the People, an accredited online school,* explains the shocking rise in the cost of higher education and then the surprising fall in the value and benefits of it.

*Online schools, even the accredited ones, garner less than half of the favorability and respect from employers than do the brick and mortar schools.

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