Texas Wind Power, not Fracking, Saves the Day


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Devastated by droughts and faced with water supplies that have been quite literally sucked dry by the fracking industry they voted into their area, many residents of north and west Texas feel there’s nothing left to do but pray for help. Lucky for them, there are a few Texans who aren’t quite as willing to surrender in the face of adversity- and those Texans built a network of windmills that kept electricity flowing throughout the “polar vortex” that crippled most of the state’s infrastructure last week.

Perhaps that’s not fair, though. Despite a backwards voting record, Texas is, as Treehugger says, “a wind power superstar”. Texas Wind Power generated more than 12,000 MW of power from wind farms in 2012- which works out to more than 26% of the state’s total power consumption. During the coldest hours of last Tuesday, however, Texas’ power demands spiked to over 57,277 MW.

According to reports, sufficient generation and higher wind output from West Texas wind power farms boosted the state’s electric supply Tuesday compared to Monday when the grid operator declared an emergency as conventional plants (read: gas, oil, and coal-fired plants) shut unexpectedly, dramatically reducing supply during the dangerous storm.

Do you think this will teach the people of Texas that they need to stop voting pro-coal, pro-oil, and anti-green and start looking to science for answers- or do you think they’re too far gone? I, for one, hope the people of Texas join the rest of us in reality and stop voting in mental midgets who think abortion causes global warming. You can let us know how you feel about Texas’ climate change policies, and how this week might have changed their minds, in the comments, below. Enjoy!


Sources | Photos: Cleantechnica, Reuters, via Treehugger.

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  • topkill

    As a person who was born in Texas and has lived there off an on for more than 20 years of my life….we’re too stupid to change until we’re actually dying from something. I love Texas and am proud to be a Texan, but I’ll be damned if I understand our denial of reality at times.

    • As a Miami-boy, people from Miami won’t change their development habits and Everglades irrigation until brine is pouring out of the tap in their million-dollar beach house. People are stupid everywhere … the difference in Texas is that the people there seem to believe they’re better/different than anyone else.

      Here’s hoping they secede sooner than later. “North Mexico” has a nice ring to it, no?

      • sagebrushnw

        Jo Borras,

        As a native Texan living in the Northwest for the past 21
        years, I am both proud of Texas and also disappointed.

        For instance:

        Disappointed that the car dealerships have such a big
        influence on legislation that keeps Tesla from directly selling cars in Texas. Hope that changes soon!

        Proud that Texas has an independent “mind”…developing all kinds
        of power sources, not just depending only on oil and gas (there’s room for them

        By the way, Mr. Borras, when you disagree with someone else,
        it is not necessary to make derogatory comments or use rude and/or obscene
        language to get your point across.

        Abortions don’t cause global warming, they kill
        people (over 55 million in the past 40 years in the USA).

        • It’s not necessary, but it is fun!

          While we’re talking about abortions, I’m assuming that you, like all pro-lifers, have volunteered on numerous occasions to adopt the unwanted children of addicts, the unwanted babies afflicted with Down’s Syndrome, and the accidentally conceived children of underprivileged minority youths trying to make it through high school and make something of themselves, right?

          Oh, silly me- I forgot pro-lifers don’t actually do any of those things!

          • sagebrushnw

            Yes, we have. Three adopted grandchildren that we are very involved with!

          • How do you adopt grandchildren? Like, you adopted your own grandchildren, or your kids adopted 3 kids?

            Either way, I’m gonna call bulls***.

  • Wiggletoes

    Want to share my concern with the status of first electric power super station http://www.tresamigasllc.com/about-overview.php which will allow interchange of power between the three national electric grids (get wind power up out of Texas and on the eastern grid) eliminating dumping. Texans are afraid; just look at what happened to Detroit or what’s happening to eastern Kentucky/West Virginia. But Texas will be fine as engineered seeds (less water, poorer soil) allow Texans to produce cellulose most of the year to feed hydrogen-from-cellulose plants to inject in those NG pipelines to fuel the fuelcell replacement cars.
    Born, raised, educated (college didn’t cost me a
    penny) in Texas and I, my Dad, Dad-in-law, a lot of my friends/family work(ed)
    in oil industry but I soon learned the immensity of the energy effort and changed
    to conservation.

    • Dammit, Wiggletoes … I actually liked everything you said here!

  • roseland67

    The people of Texas will continue to vote exactly how they are told to vote
    and believe what they are told to believe just like 94% of the rest of the country.
    If it is in their personal short term best interests to drill/frack/dig/mine etc, then they will continue to do so, only @ the point of imminent disaster will there be a call from the masses to change.
    I was surprised @ the massive extent of wind power in the state, where did you find the data? If true, it is impressive and other states, (mine included), could learn a lesson from Texas.

    • The link over to Cleantechnica should have the source- that said, Texas is gonna need some kind of economy after the oil runs out. The 1% of Texas isn’t as stupid as the state’s voters. They know what they need to do to stay rich 50 years from now.

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