Everyone knows Texas as oil country, and they’re not wrong. The Lone Star State generated nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil per day in June, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That was more than 41 percent of the nation’s total output. But Texas also generates a significant portion of the nation’s green power.
What are the numbers? That depends in part on which types of energy are classified as green – particularly whether nuclear power falls into the category.
- Why it should be: Electricity generation at nuclear plants produces no carbon dioxide. Some scientists maintain the only way for the U.S. to meet carbon dioxide reduction goals is through expanded use of nuclear.
- Why it shouldn’t be: It produces radioactive waste – a different kind of problem.
- The verdict: To consider Texas and its green energy both ways, excluding nuclear generation and including it.