Climate researchers have estimated that nearly 70% of renewable energy sources must come from harnessing the power of solar energy in order to meet a future world goal of 100% sustainability. With a figure this large, blueprints were drafted to turn vast amounts of the Sahara desert into a solar farm. The idea is lofty and it does sound good on paper; however, what are the larger implications of such a plan? Is turning the Sahara desert into a solar greenhouse really the best way to achieve a sustainable future?
In the aftermath of one of the coldest winter storms to hit Texas, millions were left without power or heat. Texas is typically not one for cold weather snafus, and this contributed to the statewide shutdown of schools, businesses, and homes. The power crisis was unprecedented, with home going as long as 5+ days without electricity. Warming shelters had to be opened in populated areas to allow Texas residents the chance to warm up. Restaurants seized the opportunity to advertise and encourage residents to brave the roads for a hot meal and a temperature controlled environment.
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Total, the oil and gas supermajor, has committed to buying four huge solar power projects in Texas. Total originated in France, and has since stretched its global power influence to several countries — including the United States. With these new power acquisitions in Texas, they are hoping to meet electricity demands for all of its service sites across the U.S.