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Cleaner, Greener: How Will Renewable Energy Affect The Oil And Gas Industry In Texas?

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Photo by Kalina Ost from Pexels CC0: https://bit.ly/2CClali

In 2019, Texas accounted for 41% of the nation's crude oil production and 25% of its marketed natural gas production. The oil and gas industry raked in $16 billion in state and local tax revenue in 2019.

But as the effects of climate change are becoming more extreme, environmental activists are pushing for cleaner, greener options.

How would renewable energy affect the Texan economy? Is it more expensive? Will it take away jobs in West Texas? Is it worth the cost?

If Texas doesn't move towards 100% renewable energy, where will the climate stand in a decade? What are the pros and cons of renewable energy for those not in the energy industry? What makes energy "renewable"?


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*This interview was recorded on Tuesday, August 18.

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