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Wind Powers Texas Economic Boom; Will Congress Set National Renewables Goal?

Public Citizen   SEED

In 2001 Texas built more wind power than any state or country ever had in a single year. According to a new analysis by the SEED Coalition and Public Citizen's Texas office, The wind industry employed 2,500 people, invested over a billion dollars in Texas and in 2002 will pay $217 million in local and county taxes and royalties.

To keep the renewables revolution going policymakers can do two things in the next few weeks: support a federal goal of getting 10% of the nation's energy from renewables, and speed the planning and building of transmission lines to get electricity from west Texas wind power plants to urban markets.

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