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Nuclear or Renewable? Houston we have an answer!

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Uploaded on Apr 2, 2011

Melissa McGinnis interviews Laura Spanjian, sustainability director for the city of Houston. Her job puts Houston on the map as the greenest city in the United States.

Houston does a lot of alternative, natural energy. The state is actually the number one purchaser of renewable energy in the country, for all municipalities, and it's number four when you add in the private sector. Three percent of its wind energy actually comes from West Texas.

Renewable energy is so important because the more people can do things that are actually beneficial to the environment then the more that there won't be any negative consequences or something if tragedy hits.

People are not going to hear of natural disasters on wind farms or solar farms etc. with renewable energy and even with using natural gas. It's really important for people in the United States to try to find some of their own resources that are stable and won't cause a natural disaster.

For somebody who doesn't live in Houston and want to lead their city on the green path, there are so many things that they can do. Houston right now is one of the leaders in using electric cars so cities are encouraged to put in more in charging stations or buy their own electric car. If people live in a state that has good incentives for renewable energy, they can put solar or put a wind turbine on their house. An example of this is California where they have incentives for citizens that were able to cut the solar by half, so it really is affordable.

You can also do things to make your house more energy efficient. There's so many things that you can do to reduce use of youe energy. You would want to reduce things. That's all about reducing what you use, and not only were you helping the environment but you're also saving money because you're using less.

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