“Just keep it up. You’re doing the Lord’s work, and we’re going to win this thing together,” proclaimed a U.S. Senator in Paris during COP21. Ironic as it may be, these words were not those of a delegate in the COP21 negotiations nor those of a protestor in the streets of the French capitol. They were the words of Oklahoman Senator Jim Inhofe at a "counter-conference" for climate change deniers.
Huston-Tillotson, a college in downtown Austin, Texas, has a bit of a reputation. Known as a historically black university, Huston-Tillotson has also taken big steps to be known as a green and environmentally friendly one. The college has a campus food garden, it has built a patio of completely recycled materials, and it even created something called “The Dumpster Project,” where a professor lived for a year in a 33 square-foot dumpster as a way to test and demonstrate efficient living. The college has even established a student group with the catchy name Green Is The New Black.
Texas has long been a leader in oil and gas energy, ever since the first oil well at Spindletop produced a gusher and ushered in the modern oil industry. More recently, Texas has become a leader in wind energy, with wind farms in the Panhandle and West Texas making the Lone Star State the biggest wind producer in the country.
Now, according to a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, Texas is poised to become a leader in a third form of energy production: solar.