Nostalgic in Houston

Whether you’re a lifelong Houston resident, a transplant or someone who has moved on, we all have a memory, place or experience that is undeniably Houston. This on-point photo show in the Houston Chronicle provides 30 excellent examples of perfect Houston nostalgia.1024x1024 (1)

Case in point: “Go kart tracks everywhere.” Seriously. Where have all the go-karts gone?

And another excellent example: “Oddly shaped burger joints.” Though the prevalence of tacos is alright by me.

And what makes it the perfect piece of nostalgia? If it doesn’t exist anymore! Check out 30 Things Houston has Lost Over the Years.

Top States for Renewable Energy? You won’t believe it.

If I asked you to guess which states produce the most renewable energy, what would you say?

You might think of California or Hawaii with their headline grabbing progressive policies on setting the highest renewable standards. Perhaps you’d envision extremely sunny states like New Mexico or Arizona where solar energy development has expanded. potato

Would Idaho or Iowa come to mind? You might be surprised to know that rural (and more conservative) states are the top renewable energy producing states when ranked by this nifty interactive map from the Department of Energy.

However, dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that there is some controversy (there always is) when it comes to what the Energy Information Agency considers renewable. From the above linked CNBC article:

Renewable energy comes from a source that is naturally replenished and not depleted when used. The U.S. Energy Information Administration classifies solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric and geothermal energy as renewable… Some of the accepted sources also attract their own controversy as “renewables,” including hydroelectricity and biomass.

There are some great tools on the EIA website to play around with if you’re curious which states are producing the most (insert type of) energy. For example, wind or (this example actually comes from the Solar Energy Industry Association) solar. Have fun clicking around and always remember to read a layer deeper when you see an attention grabbing headline. 🙂