You have never heard of “Burning Man”, then you aren't being as artsy smart as you think you are! “Burning Man” is an annual event that is second only to Woodstock. This where people gather each year to celebrate their crafts and designs, giving life a beauty that can only come from heart felt art. So what does the 60s concert have to do with today's art festival? Well more than you may realize, but only cleaner and probably safer.
In the 60s, people were all about “Make love, not war” and “Peace”. It was the era of racial riots and Vietnam and “us against the man” protesting. Then came Woodstock. Bringing thousands of people together in a farmer's field. They listened to music that is still popular today. They shared make-do beds, they shared food, they shared each other and they found peace, if only for 3 days.
Today, with “Burning Man”, it is a crazy desert art festival and party of thousands of people in the middle of the Nevada desert. People are getting on air planes and driving 100s of miles to attend this huge art festival and be a part of all things beautiful to make the world beautiful and clean with environmentally safe objects. Sounds like an oxymoron doesn't it? Be environmentally conscious while driving your gas powered car or flying on a plane putting out emissions that are polluting the skies.
While the rest of the United States remains mired in a sluggish recovery from the 2008 financial meltdown and the persistent recession that has followed, the great state of Texas has not. Not only has the Lone Star State's economy grown and its population increased, employment figures continue to rise at pleasing rates, and all of these factors combine to make the state a model in the promise of managed dynamic growth.
With all of that relative atypical growth comes an ever increasing hunger for electricity Since 1960, Texas' total energy consumption has grown by an average of 2.2 percent per year, and it shows no signs of abating.
Not surprisingly, Texas produces and consumes more electricity than any other state in the Union. But what may be surprising to some is the fact that more and more of that demand for electricity is being met by wind power, a bit of an odd concept for a state that was made and is still dominated today by Big Oil.
The strain on the state's power grid has, of course, become a massive problem, especially during summer months when demand outstrips supply. In 2011, several spikes in wholesale electric prices were the result, causing headaches for businesses and residents and the power reserves alike. The two following summers were equally bad, but generally cooler weather in 2013 prevailed and helped to relieve the strain on the grid.
Since that time, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas , which operates some 85 percent of the state's power grid, has added coal and natural gas generators to meet the demand, but even so, the lion's share has been from its installation of wind generators, located mostly in windy western Texas.
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