Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...

My home state has been an embarrassment to me for the last 8 years or so but here is something that should make any Texan feel a little proud. You may have heard that Texas, thanks in part to T. Boone Pickins, is the leader in wind power, producing more than any other state, but now Texas is trying to become the leader in solar power as well. There are 69 alternative energy bills before the Texas legislature right now and 50 of those have to do with solar energy. Some legislators are actually referring to the current legislative session as "the solar session." Austin, the bright spot in our state, is planning to build a large solar panel just outside of the city. It will be the largest solar panel in the nation.
I doubt if this new interest in renewable energy has anything to do with fears of global warming, but more to do with the declining oil industry, and with making money. I really don't care why people are interested in alternative energy sources, I'm just glad they are. Now if we could just get them to believe in evolution.

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