Texans are fond of letting you know exactly what we’re thinking and why we’re the best and when it comes to energy there is no exception. We know what we’re talking about it when it comes to energy as we have been the leader in the past and it should be no different in the future as we move away from oil. Texas can and should lead the way as we move our dependence off of traditional sources.
As we’ve seen with the Texas State History Museum’s Oil! exhibit, a lot of our prosperity can be attributed directly to the discovery of oil and the subsequent industries that sprang up afterwards. Houston became the capital of the energy world and is poised to provide the necessary experience when taking on the world’s energy problems.
It would be foolish for Texas to be left behind in the transition away from oil, however long it takes, since we have the expertise and knowledge in place to lead us into the future. We should capitalize on the transition away from oil just as we did with its discovery here over a century ago.
This isn’t a new idea and as we’ve heard in class and read on our own, energy companies are diversifying and preparing for a future that is not dominated by petroleum. Texas can use all of its resources (educational, industrial etc..) to maintain its dominance and hopefully revolutionize the way we produce energy. Texas is in a great position to lead in all areas of energy including wind, solar and biofuels.
To incite some pride in you, and also because I just love it so much, I’ll leave you with a quote from Davy Crockett:
“You may all go to hell, I’m going to Texas.”