How One Conservative Texas Town Went We’ve Ignored Climate Change 5 months ago   08:28

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Georgetown, TX is a conservative city in the middle of oil and gas country that’s committed to 100% renewable energy, and we could learn a lot from them.

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Ken Royall
The town has lost 30 million dollars so far. It's a bust.
PX Rusca8
You say energy but mean electricity, huh?
Steven Miller
5:38 Wow! a republican who says, "It's not a Republican or Democratic issue." I thought "Democrat" was the only form they were allowed to use as an adjective.
Oregon Cephaloproctic LLC
The High Price of Green Posturing 6 Feb 2019

Green posturing comes at a high price. Fortunately for pols, they aren’t the ones who pay it — we are ("

Texas town’s environmental narcissism makes Al Gore happy while sticking its citizens with the bill" )

Political leaders in a college town in central Texas won
wide praise from former Vice President Al Gore and the larger Green
Movement when they decided to go “100 percent renewable” seven years
ago. Now, however, they are on the defensive over electricity costs that
have their residents paying more than $1,000 per household in higher
electricity charges over the last four years.

That’s right – $1,219 per household in higher electricity costs for
the 71,000 residents of Georgetown, Texas, all thanks to the decision of
its Republican mayor, Dale Ross, to launch a bold plan to shift the
city’s municipal utility to 100 percent renewable power in 2012 when he
was on the city council. …

His decision to bet on renewables resulted in the city budget getting
dinged by a total of $29.8 million in the four years from 2015 to 2018.
Georgetown’s electric costs were $3.5 million over budget in 2015,
ballooning to $6.3 million in 2016, the same year the mayor locked his
municipal utility into 20- and 25-year wind and solar energy contracts
to make good on his 100 percent renewable pledge

Here’s what residents got for the money:

Ross was elevated to celebrity status, appearing in
scores of articles and videos, both at home and abroad. Al Gore made it a
point to feature the Texas Republican mayor at renewable energy
conferences as well. Ross was even featured in one of Gore’s

They must be so proud — even if the 100% renewable energy claim is
“nothing more than spurious sloganeering” because “wind and solar power
can’t be relied on to keep the lights on 24/7/365.”

After AOC and the rest of the radicalized Democrats take power, the whole country may be as proud — and as broke — as the residents of Georgetown, Texas.
Look at the plastic bottles, so you are not Zero Waste??? This is just as big a problem for the EARTH s future and clean and grean planet!
David Beaulieu
Still hate conservatives but him not so much. Should be a progressive
Jake Norrie
So proud of my little city!
Gamma Ray
tuco james
City Al Gore Featured in Movie Is Losing Millions After Going 100% Green Energy
Actually, according to latest reports, this town is losing big money due to their variable renewables plan...
Mr. Boomguy
Best republican mayer I have seen.
Please please please! I’m begging all elected officials, regardless of party affiliation, make decisions based on facts. The stereotypes associated with what you are ‘supposed’ to believe or choose based on affiliation are extremely damaging!! This is a perfect example of fact based decisions regardless of affiliation and stereotypes.
Amy Sternheim
This is like the coal mining history museum in Kentucky that put up solar panels to save long term money.
"It's not rocket science." Tell that to ted Cruz and your Republican buds.
Sergio Díaz Nila
the words we use affect our thinking, and i'm convinced USA is hurting itself a lot by the false equivalence that liberal equals democrat. No, Liberal is not any random person that says "i'm a liberal" and then joins a party and then adopts the party agenda. No a Liberal is anyone that follows any of the branches of the general ideology of Liberalism, like Economic Liberalism (What Adam Smith created) or Classical Liberalism (what Austrian School created) or NeoLiberalism (more Austrian School Economists defending Classical Liberalism) or Social Democracy (Keynesianism) Both Republicans & Democrats are Liberals.
Itoro Okon
Not everybody on Earth has access to electricity.
Never mind that Williamson County voted for Beto O'Rourke over Ted Cruz and voted for the Democrat over Republican incumbent John Carter.

Yeah, so much for that mumbo jumbo about being in the hotbed of conservatism.

And forget about how we've been told for over a century how oil is a fossil fuel and how it's a depleting resource all the while oil pockets keep refilling and we have ample amounts of oil. There's some fact based science that repeatedly observable but who cares about real science right?
Appaloosa Dreams
I'm a die hard Bernie Sanders' fan and I love this guy!!!
100% Renewables is not our real goal, our real goal is quitting fossil fuels and switching to 100% clean energy. insisting blindly on 100%renewables and opposing, excluding nuclear, which is a very powerful empirically proven tool, will mean winning the fight against climate change will be practically impossible.
in other words, it's only 100% renewable if you ignore the fact that most of the energy in the grid still comes from fossil fuels. this is just a cheap world play, it is not a real 100% renewable electricity town. you are misleading people
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