Texas ought to be leading the way on energy. We need it, we have an established culture of energy related industries, we have land, wind, sun and saltwater (for cooling and possibly even for hydraulic energy storage), and we have geological formations that can contain sequestered carbon.
We in Texas also have a huge coastline at huge risk from business as usual, possibly worse than anybody except Florida. That’s worldwide; the other real comparable trouble spots I know of are Shanghai, Bangkok, Calcutta and parts of the Baltic region (Scandinavian and northern Slavic countries). Anyplace where the coastline is steeper (California, New England, Britain, Japan…) or the big cities are further inland has much less at stake. Sea level rise is for real, folks, and we’re on the front lines. So we ought to be motivated.
What we don’t have is the cultural inclination to address big problems collectively, and I’m afraid that might be a showstopper.
Texas will be either a big winner or a big loser in the coming century, I think. We ought to be pushing for change, hard, in our own selfish interests if for no other reason. It’s hang together or hang separately, as old Ben Franklin once said.
I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part, and discuss it only with consenting adults.”