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Archive for July 1st, 2009

ReEnergize Texas is having a party to kick-off our Summer of Solutions program and your 4th of July weekend! Join us at Public Citizen (1303 San Antonio St.) this Thursday 6pm-9pm for music, food, and beer (for those of age)!

Come show your support for joint projects being run by Resolution Gardens, ReEnergize Texas, American Youthworks, Rosewood-Zaragosa Community Center, PODER, and more all with the support of Austin Energy and Public Citizen. You can learn more about these groups, sign up to volunteer, or make contributions at our silent auction or in the tip jar!

Bring some food to share if you have it, and enjoy beer on the house. Music, food, and good company… what better way to start your 4th of July weekend?

For more information and to RSVP, add yourself to the Facebook event and come on out!

At our last party, Ryan spun fire.  I’m not saying that that’s going to happen again tomorrow… but I am saying we are awesome and know how to have fun.  Come check it out.

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The special session that Governor Rick Perry called started this morning.  On the agenda: extending the life-line of several state agencies that were up for review, such as the Department of Transportation, Insurance, Public Insurance Counsel, and the Texas Racing Commission and the State Affordable Housing Corporation.  If legislators don’t pass a bill to extend these agencies, they will expire next Septemeber with nothing to replace them.

Perry has also called for legislators to authorize $2 billion in road-building bonds.

That’s all that’s on the agenda.  As the AP quoted Perry saying, “Get’em in, get’em out and get the work done. Badda bing, badda boom!”

Technically, the session once called lasts 30 days, but if lawmakers get their work done early they will leave at that point.  According to the AP, Perry seems pretty confident that legislators will be home in their districts in time for Fourth of July fireworks.

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By: Citizen Brem

rick-perryEven though Texas leads the nation in greenhouse gas emissions, Governor Perry balks at making any major stand on producing reliable renewable energy.

“Are the Democrats willing to say we’re fixing to raise everyone’s cost of living in America, on science yet to be solidified?” said Rick Perry several weeks ago.  Perry has vowed to veto any legislation with the phrase, “Global Warming” present in bill, while Republican members in Congress continue to protect the oil industry.

It is important to understand the rhetoric being proposed by representatives such as Perry.  They are siding with big oil and manufacturing lobbyists; who argue renewable energy would increase electric bills.  However, the latest studies have shown renewable energy and energy efficiency can dramatically decrease energy consumption.  This decrease in electric bills will be especially helpful for low-income families, who could save up to 30% on future electric bills.

Rick Perry claims, “renewable energy would be devastating to Texas economy,” but research indicates otherwise.  A recent study done by the University of Massachusetts has declared renewable energy and energy efficiency programs would, “save low-income families 4% for their annual income, and the programs would pay for themselves in three years due to the savings by each family.”

Global warming is a real, scientifically confirmed problem, despite what governor Perry would like to believe — and our best answer to this global problem is renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.  Renewable energy and energy efficiency programs have been dramatically effective in Europe and other states through the United States. It is time to examine these successes and find an energy solution right for Texas.

Explained in a report by Green for All, “The most powerful way in which clean-energy investments will expand economic opportunities is through the channel of job creation, especially by increasing the availability of jobs for people with relatively low formal credentials.”

The renewable energy industry can provide thousands of jobs for Texans, which should be welcomed during a time of economic uncertainty.  However, we need to invest in the future of renewable energy before it is too late.  The renewable energy market, from research to production, is a prime opportunity for economic development in Texas.  We must not let Texas be out-competed by states such as California and Vermont, which is sure to happen if Texas does not chose to invest in renewable technology.

Governor Perry’s claim renewable energy will hurt the Texas economy is completely off base.  With renewable energy proving to be a reliable and affordable alternative for energy production, now and in the future, it is time we make active steps towards developing renewable energy in Texas.

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