Texas Republicans warming to climate urgency, clean energy and storage surging, and policy-makers paving the way
Inspiring to see the (literal?) winds of change happening here. So important to highlight the good news to stay motivated, thank you.
What an inspiring read Katharine! And I’m all for the new “even more good news” #climateoptimismforthewin ✌🏻
Thanks for this! I am moving to Texas soon and was worried about being an outlier in the oil state. You gave hope :)
Love the change in format - liking even more good news!
Great post! Question: What are some of the most effective actions you've seen on a municipal or county level? I'm in Lockhart, just south of Austin in Caldwell County, we're more rural, more dispersed, and still a bit slower to come around to the opportunity available to Texans in climate.
I'm always glad to hear good news about the expansion of renewables and their adoption by red states. I think more than attitudes about climate change, it is more about being economically attractive for them and where there is good potential. South Dakota and Iowa are among the states with the highest wind percentage, 57 and 54% respectively, https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2023/02/us-state-with-most-renewable-energy-production/#:~:text=A%20color%2Dcoded%20map%20of,second%2C%20third%2C%20and%20forth . A win is a win.
Results from Pew Research and Gallup present a different picture of the remaining climate change partisanship,
In the Pew Research survey participants were asked what issues were very big problems facing the country. Democrats ranked climate change third behind gun violence and affordable health care. Can you guess what the single most divisive issue is, i.e., had the biggest separation in percentage who thought it was important? Climate change.
In the Gallup Poll, only 8% of Republicans worry a great deal about climate change vs 65% for Democrats. The other disturbing gap that continues to grow according to Gallup is the believe that the increase in Earth's temperature is due to pollution from human activities, e.g., Democrats 88%, Republicans 29%.
With this said, I believe that there are areas where we can meet in the middle and I believe those opportunities lie mostly in the economic benefit and nuclear energy, e.g., https://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2023/7/senate-passes-bipartisan-nuclear-energy-bill-from-capito-carper-whitehouse .