The state's Republican governor has also said that businesses can reopen at 100 percent capacity from March 10
TV personality Keith Olbermann questioned why vaccines are being "wasted" on people in Texas after Governor Greg Abbott's executive order to lift mask mandates and open up businesses in the state.
On Texas Independence Day, O'Rourke said the state's governor "is killing the people of Texas" with his order to remove the statewide mask mandate.
Texans will no longer be required by the state to wear masks as of March 10, and Mississippi is doing so on Wednesday.
"Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility," Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in his Tuesday announcement. "It's just that now state mandates are no longer needed," he added.
The state official alleges that Griddy violated the state's Deceptive Trade Practices Act by hiking customers' bills to cover its own failures during the extreme weather.
Widespread power outages left 4 million Texas residents without power or heat during freezing temperatures.
After Texas Governor Greg Abbott blamed green energy for widespread winter blackouts in his state, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called on a pair of energy regulation bodies to probe Abbott's policies.
"It is unacceptable for Texans who suffered through days in the freezing cold without electricity or heat to now be hit with skyrocketing energy costs," Abbott said.
"All of those people who always want to decry misinformation and talking about such don't seem to have a problem spreading misinformation," Donald Trump Jr. said Friday after a misinterpretation of his recent tweet defending Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) went viral.
O'Rourke hasn't ruled out a bid for the governor's race, but said he's currently focused on doing what he can for Texans during the energy crisis.
The eldest son of former President Donald Trump was mocked for tweeting about "Democrat Governor's incompetence" while defending Ted Cruz.
As energy supplies dwindled in the freezing weather and demand surged from customers desperate to keep warm, the grid was forced to implement blackouts to protect the network.
More than 1,000 Texas public water systems and 177 of the state's 254 counties have reported weather-related operational disruptions, which impacted more than 14 million people.
State officials said they requested the EPA provide two mobile labs to assist with water sample testing.
Bill Mangess "welcomes" discussion regarding "dissatisfaction" over the council's senior leadership, after the devastating winter storm that left many Texans without power.
The judge blames the ongoing power crisis on the current and former governors of Texas for failing to include winterization requirements in their regulations.
Abbott has been strongly criticized after the power grid in Texas failed amid a record winter freeze. Millions of residents have been left without electricity and heating for more than 36 hours.
"So you privatized energy in the state and now it's blowing up in your face," Bun B posted on Instagram on Wednesday.
The company has been criticized over the widespread power outages in the state amid freezing temperatures.
Texas could be facing natural gas outages as the state endures its third day of power cuts due to the severe weather conditions.
Primarily Primates in San Antonio said it will not know the full extent of the casualties until the snow has melted.
The former Democratic congressman said Abbott was indifferent to actions taken to save lives amid the pandemic.
Missing required weekly COVID tests could result in disciplinary action—ultimately including suspension—against students of Baylor University.
While speaking at the border in Alamo, Texas, President Donald Trump congratulated Governor Greg Abbott on the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines.
"The Governor's statewide executive order allows food establishments to be open for in-person dining on New Years Eve," Greg Abbott tweeted.
Officials in Austin and Travis County issued restrictions on restaurants and bars for the holiday weekend, but the state attorney general said they are not allowed.
Texas health officials said the increase in cases within the state reflected the "impacts of Thanksgiving gatherings."
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Monday that "the Legislative Council has sent draft language for a proposed law that would transfer control of the Austin Police Department to the Texas Department of Public Safety."
President-elect Joe Biden has no plans to make vaccinations mandatory or implement a national lockdown.