From a Max Schulz article on California’s failing environmental and energy polices:
And Texas, of all places, has outpaced California as America’s leader in wind-power generation. High costs, excessive regulation, and litigation from environmental groups on how to limit bird deaths have all hampered California’s effort; Texas has just built lots of wind turbines.
We just build things in Texas. Wind turbines, solar power plants, off-shore turbines, coal-powered plants, transmission lines, pipelines of all sorts, you name it and we just build it with apparently only a tenth as much gnashing of teeth as places like California.
California and other blue states are succumbing to a deadly economic paralysis brought on by an ideological hostility to material productivity. This ideology views as immoral those who create food, clothing, shelter, medical care, transportation and all the other necessities and luxuries of modern life. Instead they venerate those who just talk. Turns out, however, that talking doesn’t pay the bills. Somebody has to make something for a region to have a vibrant and stable economy.
California has systematically driven all manufacturing, even computer manufacturing, out of the state. Now the state seems to rely on movie making, software and pornography. Texas by contrast is building like crazym and doing so without side-effects like real estate bubbles and exploding taxation.
Over the next 20 years, Texas is going to be the place were things get done in America, even if those things are silly like solar and wind power. California is on track to be the next Michigan, and L.A. the next Detroit. Texas, at the very least, will be able to keep the lights on.