Meter Reading: State Takes a Cut of Local Boom Dollars, How Wind Could Power the World, and More
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A new study finds there's potentially enough wind blowing around to power the whole planet 100 times over.
Natural gas and oil boom enriches school districts — only to have state take a cut – “Many of the newly wealthy school districts contain the oil and gas fields in West Texas, as well as the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.” — Austin American-Statesman
Medina Lake dam gates shut in effort to keep some water — ”The decision by the dam’s owner to close the gates last week is another benchmark of the drought’s severity and persistence.” — San Antonio Express-News
Could wind power ever meet the world’s energy needs? – ”A new study published this week in Nature Climate Change finds that there’s enough wind potential both on the Earth’s surface and up in the atmosphere to power human civilization 100 times over.” — Washington Post