Blackouts triggered by frigid weather are spreading across the central U.S. and into Mexico in a deepening energy crisis that has already crippled the Texas power grid. After more than 2 million homes in Texas lost power, the operator of the grid spanning 14 states from North Dakota to Oklahoma ordered utilities to start rotating outages to protect the system from failing amid surging demand for electricity. The outages have also spread into Mexico. “In our history as a grid operator, this is an unprecedented event,” the grid operator, called the Southwest Power Pool, said in a statement Monday. The brutal cold striking Texas — the capital of the U.S. energy industry and home of some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies — is emblematic of a world facing more unpredictable weather due to the rising impact of climate change. The outages also underscore the growing vulnerability […]