In the effort to go green, Texas appears to be kicking the crap out of California.
After a summer that saw sewage spill after sewage spill mar beaches across L.A. County, it's refreshing to see that at least one city in America has its shit together. Yesterday, San Antonio, Texas announced plans to turn the city's annual 140,000 ton load of “biosolids” — i.e. human feces — into natural gas, which then will be used to generate green power for the city.
Under the new plan 90 percent of all materials flushed down sinks and toilets in San Antonio will converted to either natural gas or fertilizer, while water will be reclaimed for irrigation.
The move comes shortly after Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens announced plans to build a $10 billion wind farm in the Texas panhandle — the largest wind energy effort in the world.
California utilities, meanwhile, under the gun to meet strict green energy mandates by 2010, are countering by proposing importing energy from Arizona by putting hundreds of miles of transmission lines through Imperial Valley farmland and through the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. And Los Angeles, despite impending water shortages and the aforementioned sewage spills, doesn't appear anywhere near instituting its proposed “toilet-to-tap” water recycling program.
Who would have thought California would be lagging behind redder than red state Texas in its environmental policy?
Green and red makes…brown. How fitting.