Costs Gates on Saturday said that a few of the deaths from the severe winter season weather that hit Texas might have been avoided by weatherizing energy plants. In a Saturday night interview with CNNs Anderson Cooper, the billionaire benefactor argued that natural gas plants in Texas have actually not been constructed to endure extreme weather, causing countless individuals throughout the state losing power and fighting freezing temperatures. Since Saturday, around 70 people have actually passed away in Texas and other states that have actually been hit by the winter season freeze, consisting of victims of auto accident, carbon monoxide gas poisoning, drownings, home fires and hypothermia, according to The Associated Press. Abbott has faced criticism for specifying that the outages happened with renewable resource sources, despite the fact that officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas have actually said that concerns with numerous sources, particularly gas, have actually added to the issue. “Our wind and our solar got shut down, and they were collectively more than 10 percent of our power grid, which thrust Texas into a scenario where it was lacking power on a statewide basis,” Abbott said previously in the week during an interview with Fox News Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTucker Carlson to produce video podcasts for Fox Nation Trump to appear on conservative networks in wake of Limbaughs death Fox News goes with wall-to-wall coverage of Limbaugh death MORE. Gates a supporter of green energy, pressed back against the assertion. “This is not because of renewable dependence,” Gates told Cooper Saturday. “This is natural gas plants, mostly, that werent weatherized. They mightve been.””It costs money, and the trade off was made, and it didnt work out, and its awful that it has actually caused people passing away,” he added. Gates went on to say that climate change could be considered the main reason for severe weather condition events, adding that an increased reliance on sustainable energy could avoid future catastrophes similar to the winter season storm. “It is ironic to blame renewables and not recognize that were going to need to be dealing with this unless we get the whole world to decrease emissions,” Gates stated. Critics have actually condemned Abbott and Texass total readiness for the winter storm, with five Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee composing in a letter to the GOP governor on Friday. “The occasions of this week show that there are significant shortcomings in preparations and more should be done to safeguard neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by winter season power failures,” they composed. The letter was written in reaction to a report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation that said electricity-generating companies “stopped working to sufficiently get ready for winter,” particularly pointing out inadequate insulation and a failure to train operators and upkeep workers on winter preparations.