17 Aug '12, 3pm

Despite the red-meat rhetoric, Texas benefits mightily from clean energy projects

Despite the red-meat rhetoric, Texas benefits mightily from clean energy projects

Austin's eco-friendly Pecan Street Project. (Photo: Pecan Street rendering) The heated rhetoric against the Obama administration’s environmental policies and, in particular, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a fever pitch. As an example, Joe Bast, who presides over The Heartland Institute, opined this week that the EPA is a “rogue agency” that is “putting hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work.” The focus of the ire has been on clean energy projects funded by the EPA and the Department of Energy, prompting a spate of letters from conservatives in Congress, focused on loans to Fisker, battery maker A123 and others. In a recent campaign speech, Mitt Romney called for an energy policy built around digging more coal, drilling more oil and building more pipelines. He added that we all like wind and solar , “but you can’t drive a car with a windmill o...

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