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- DescriptionIn the late 1990s, West Texas was full of rundown towns and pumpjacks, aging reminders of the oil rush of an earlier era. Today, the towns are thriving as 300-foot-tall wind turbines tower above those pumpjacks. Wind energy has become Texas's latest boom, with the Lone Star State w leading the nation. How did this dramatic transformation happen in a place that fights federal environmental policies at every turn? In The Great Texas Wind Rush, environmental reporters Kate Galbraith and Asher Price tell the compelling story of a group of unlikely dreamers and invators, politicos and profiteers. The tale spans a generation and more, and it begins with the early wind pioneers, precocious idealists who saw opportunity after the 1970s oil crisis. Operating in an ecomy accustomed to exploiting natural resources and always looking for the next big thing, their ideas eventually led to surprising partnerships between entrepreneurs and environmentalists, as everyone from Enron executives to T. Boone Pickens, as well as Ann Richards, George W. Bush and Rick Perry, ended up backing the new techlogy. In this down-to-earth account, the authors explain the policies and science that propelled the windcatters to reap the great harvest of Texas wind. They also explore what the future holds for this relentless resource that is changing the face of Texas energy.
- Author BiographyKate Galbraith is a journalist who has covered energy issues for the Texas Tribune and the New York Times. Asher Price reports on the environment for the Austin American-Statesman.
- Author(s)Asher Price,Kate Galbraith
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication15/07/2013
- SubjectIndustrial Studies: General
- Series TitlePeter T. Flawn Series in Natural Resource Management and Conservation
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note1 map, 15 b/w photos
- Weight476 g
- Width160 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
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