I’ve learned a thing or two since I’ve moved to Texas. Checking out this page showed me just how many energy providers there are in the Lone Star state and made me realize how resource rich Texas really is. It’s surprising to find so many providers in a single state considering where I lived previously we only had two for the entirety of the state. It’s nice being able to have that power of consumer choice even for something like an energy provider but I do admit to wishing that my money had more of an impact on what kind of energy is made available to me.
I’m definitely in the camp for green energy. It’s time that the United States learns from the Germans and actually begins to harness solar energy on a real scale rather than these tiny fields that do very little. Germany is the first nation in the world to have over half of all its energy coming in from alternative sources of energy rather than being dependent upon fossil fuels or finite resources. America has the ability to stand at the forefront of the green, alternative resource movement but due to its dependency upon corporations and the likes of Saudi Arabia we’re doing very little.
Our dependency upon corporations is both a blessing and something of a curse. While they can lobby powerfully for policy that suits their interests they are also the institutions with the real money to make progress. While companies like Alphabet (formerly Google) are pushing for real change by investing in their own technology that should ease the human driven pressure on the environment and on global climate, it’s going to be policy makers that truly help shape the future. Without the corporations being more positive toward renewables, it’s going to be a struggle.