There she blows…in Texas

The following is a modified comment I made on a recent blog on the need for climate change action. The forward thinking author of the blog and post lives in oil rich Texas, which has a secret that more folks need to hear about.

What is amazing to me is how few people in Texas (and elsewhere) know the state is the fifth largest producer of wind energy in the world and that the industry employs over 25,000 people in the state. This year renewables will surpass coal as the second largest producer of electricity in Texas (see link below).

Two key reasons are the wind blows madly across the state and the state legislature actually passed funding to build power lines to the wind turbines to harness the electricity. Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens said about eight years ago in a “60 Minutes” piece, natural gas is buying us time, but the future of energy in the US is wind energy.

And, yet this is all a secret. We need to shout this from the rooftops and do more of it to drown out the naysayers and make a difference.

*Note: The author of the blog is from Iowa, which now gets about 40% of its electricity from wind energy. This transition is happening and just needs to happen faster. By the way, if California were a country, it is the fourth largest producer of solar energy in the world.

15 thoughts on “There she blows…in Texas

  1. That’s awesome to see that the efforts for working with sustainable energies are visible at so many places many would not have thought of. But yes, we need to progress with it, and progress, and progress…

  2. I wonder if the silence on this might be due to the Governor being paid by the fossil fuel industry? I don’t know if he is, but he seems to be on a campaign at present to kill his citizens off so nothing would surprise me.

    • Clive, while not a fan of Texas Governor Abbott, I think this is the industry playing both sides against the middle. It allows them to beat on their chest saying look what we are doing, while still funding the climate change is a hoax effort. Keith

  3. Note to Readers: The wind energy industry is paying annual rent to ranchers at $5,000 per wind turbine. So, if a rancher has ten wind turbines, that is a nice supplement of $50,000 per year.

  4. “And, yet this is all a secret. We need to shout this from the rooftops and do more of it to drown out the naysayers and make a difference.”
    Yes, Keith we sure do!!!💖💖💖 Good gravy good to know all of this.

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