Houston residents urge leadership in global energy transition

Nearly 90% of Houstonians believe the city should lead the global shift to alternative energy, a Rice University survey reveals.

Claire Hao reports for Houston Chronicle.


In short:

  • Crime, housing costs, and the economy are seen as Houston's top problems.
  • 81% of residents see the energy transition as crucial for Houston’s economic future.
  • Concerns about power outages and the isolated Texas power grid are significant, with 75% of residents worried.

Key quote:

“This belief in and support for Houston’s energy future is encouraging but must also be viewed within the context of a high degree of worry about the Texas energy sector.”

— Survey authors

Why this matters:

The survey indicates that residents are ready to embrace a greener future, recognizing both the economic and environmental benefits of alternative energy. Houstonians' support for this transition emphasizes a growing awareness of climate change and the health impacts of fossil fuels. As one of the nation's energy capitals, Houston's commitment to alternative energy could set a powerful example for other cities grappling with similar challenges.

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