We're Suzy Khimm and Ren Larson — reporters talking about our investigation into carbon monoxide poisonings during February’s winter storm and power failure in Texas. AMA!
Hi Reddit, we're Suzy Khimm, national investigative reporter for NBC News, and Ren Larson, data reporter for the Texas Tribune + ProPublica investigative unit, to continue the conversation about our story “Texas Enabled the Worst Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Catastrophe in Recent U.S. History.”
We'll be here Thursday at 3pm ET to answer your questions.
Our reporting for NBC News, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune, showed how Texas is one of just six states lacking statewide requirements for carbon monoxide detectors in homes, and the state legislature has failed multiple times to protect residents against this invisible gas.
February's freeze and power outages led to more than 1,400 carbon monoxide poisonings and more than a dozen deaths — disproportionately affecting Black, Hispanic, and Asian Texans.