I recently read an article, in The Guardian, that was about a small town, Georgetown, Texas, that will be running off of 100% renewable energy by 2017. I was taken aback a little at the fact that it was a town in Texas opting for this change. Texas is notoriously known for its oil boom and constantly we see new rigs being put up. In my town alone we have new rigs going up every 2-3 months.
|TABLE 1 – NOVEMBER TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY DISTRICT
-Chart from Railroad Commission of Texas
|It was great to finally be reading an article of Texas doing something good for the environment. Reading the article it was amazing to imagine a town running off of 100% renewable energy. But the article seemed to be more focused on the fact that the citizens of the town were allowing this for the wrong intentions. Instead the article focused on how the members of Georgetown are agreeing to this to save themselves money. So instead of concentrating on the positive they chose to lean more towards the negativity of the story. But the thing is, in order to get people involved sometimes you have to tell the public how they will benefit from such a thing. I mean who wouldn’t want to save money? Saving money is the #1 thing that attracts people to projects such as this. In my opinion it isn’t awful if the citizens are doing positive things with the wrong intentions. Even though they are not in it for the environment they are still making a positive change. With this change it is possible that they will make an impact on the towns around Georgetown and that is something worth talking about.|