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“Repower Texas”: Taxpayers, Ratepayers, Economic Energy Producers Beware!

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 1, 2009

“It will be possible to achieve a 100% clean power mix over the next ten years if appropriate policies are put in place to unleash the [zero carbon source] technologies’ vast potential.”

– Repower America (The Alliance for Climate Protection)

The heavily bankrolled climate alarmist/energy coercion lobby, led by Al Gore’s new national organization Repower America, is coming to a town or city near you!

In Houston, they have arrived. The “Repower Texas” campaign is being fronted by a group of government-dependent political capitalists that see Big Green (as in money) in Texas’s renewable energy mandates. And how did this business underclass get started? It began with the Ken Lay/Enron renewables mandate for the Lone Star State in 1999, and the policy begun by then-governor George W. Bush is being continued today by governor Rick Perry.

The big question now is if renewable mandate #3 will be voted out by the Texas legislature and whether Governor Perry will sign it.  If so, hapless electricity ratepayers in the Lone Star State will be paying for a massively uneconomic solar boom just like they are already paying for the (artificial) wind boom.

Repower America/Repower Texas should be a wake-up call to taxpayers, ratepayers, and real energy producers. Make no mistake: the parasitic (intermittent, uneconomic) energies are after the markets now met by consumer-chosen, economic energies.

In short, the free-market energy economy has been put into political play. Expect a lot of counter-education in the name of “Don’t Depower Texas.”

Here is the call to action from Depower Repower Texas.

Date: May 29, 2009 2:24:34 PM CDT


We want to thank you for attending last night’s panel discussion. More than 90 people came out to hear leaders of Houston’s green economy speak about green jobs, clean energy and ways to combat the climate crisis. This was Repower Texas’ first event in the Houston area and we hope to have many more successful ones in the months to come.

While discussions on the climate and energy are important, discussions alone can not solve these crises. We urge you to take action by writing a letter to the editor or an opinion piece to the Houston Chronicle, calling your U.S. Congressman and asking him/her if they will vote in favor of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES), and by recruiting 5 of your friends to join Repower Texas in our efforts.

Please let us know if you are willing to write an op-ed or letter to the editor. This is our highest priority, as we must control the discussion about comprehensive energy legislation in the media, or else our opponents will. We would be more than happy to provide you with talking points or a sample for you to work off of. If you are willing to join our online rapid response team, to control the dialogue online, please email us ASAP.

In the coming weeks, we will be rolling out a full-scale grassroots campaign to influence local residents, activists, and organizations to get involved in this discussion. Suggestions or ideas of who we should connect with are more than encouraged. In the meantime, we ask all of you to do two things in the next week:

1. Call your congressperson. Even if you are confident of their support for the ACES bill, it’s our responsibility to insure they hear from us. You can find out who your congressperson is by visiting here: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

2. Call 5 friends. Make three of them people you don’t usually talk about politics with. If we expect true success, we need to place ourselves outside our comfort zones. Tell them why you want comprehensive energy legislation, encourage them to sign up on Repoweramerica.org, and encourage them to call their member of Congress.

Thanks very much for your continued support, help, and insight, together we can really make a difference.

If you wish to gain more information about our panel, here is their information:

John Berger – CEO, Standard Renewable Energy www.sre3.com

John Calaway – Chief Development Officer, Babcock & Brown www.babcockbrown.com

Jeff Chapman – LEED AP Eco-Services, Kirksey Architecture www.kirksey.com

Antonio Coutinho – Chief Energy Management officer, Horizon Wind Energy www.horizonwind.com

Bob Lukefahr – CEO, Tessera Solar www.tesserasolar.com

Michael Skelly – Principal, Green Line Energy Partners



  1. Paddy  

    The fallacy of repowering America in 10 years is best illustrated by the fact that in most states the necessary land acquisition, and zoning, design and construction, and regulatory permits will take many years to obtain before the first shovel of dirt is turned over. This process has to be duplicated at the federal level. Once all permits are obtained, the wind, solar, and nuclear equipment can be ordered, subject to backlogs and capacity limitations on the manufacturers and construction contractors.

    Oh, I forgot the land acquisition and permitting process needed to build the power grid infrastructure additions. More years, and the time frames for the most part do not overlap and involve different sets of state and federal regulatory agencies.

    The alarmism to justify replacing cheap and cost effective generators with costly, inefficient, and intermittent generators is delusional.


  2. Larry  

    Al Gore’s time frame of having the country powered by clean energy in 10 years is improbable, if not in certain respects, impractical. That said, do you not think we should take advantage of clean, renewable, domestically-produced energy sources? How long is oil going to be cheap? And don’t forget that Oil, Gas & Coal industries receive drastically more federal, state and local subsidies than renewable energy. (Please see the Texas Comptroller’s own research into the issue: http://www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/energy/subsidies/exhibits/exhibit28-5.php). Now before you mention ethanol- please note that as far as I’m concerned, corn-based ethanol is an atrocity and the money spent to prop up that industry is an absolute waste.


  3. Mary Rose Wright  

    It is the skeptics that need to get out of the way and let others who care get together for the benefit of everyone whether they deserve it or not! Environmental and Economic reasons both! If we have no environment hmm…. that means you could just forget about wasting time worrying about your pocket book.


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