Despite the gloom and doom surrounding a sustainable future and the economic implication thereof, these problems are started to be addressed with decisive actions . According to an article from the Earth Policy Institute, many states in U.S. are turning towards wind farms to power their people. Currently Texas, a state once known for its oil dominance, is implementing a plan that will place “45,000 megawatts of wind-generating capacity (think 45 coal-fired power plants)” that will satisfy the residential population of the state. Texas is not alone. California, Iowa, Minnesota, Washington, and Colorado are all building large-scale wind farms.
Solar power, geothermal power, and solar thermal plants are also launching at a faster pace. These cleaner forms of energy are not only beneficial to the quality of life, they are also predicted to influence the economy in positive ways. According to the article, “the shift also will staunch the outflow of dollars for oil, keeping that capital at home to invest in the new energy economy, developing national renewable energy resources and creating jobs here.”
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