Texas: Leading the Nation’s Energy Revolution
Not everything is bigger in Texas. In fact, Texas has been at the forefront of making things smaller, cleaner and more efficient. It’s not just cowboys and railroads anymore. These days, the state leads in the agriculture, energy, computers and electronics, aerospace and biomedical industries. Texas is at the forefront of the nation’s renewable energy development, producing the most wind power in the country and moving toward major potential in solar power. A state that once ran on cattle and oil is now ensuring the rest of the country’s steps into a sustainable future.
Texas is the biggest oil producer in the United States. At the same time, the Lone Star State blazes the way for new technologies and renewable energies. It is the most important industry- and trade state in the U.S. after California and it has the most rapid economy growth rate in the United States. Texas has the highest number of airports in the U.S. and the largest interstate- and rail network. More than 1000 port facilities along the coast, 24 airports and 17 interstates make up the state’s infrastructure. More than 79 thousand miles of highway sweep through the landscape and over 1,000 seaports dot the coast, employing nearly one million people. The Port of Houston is currently the busiest port in the United States in terms of international shipping.
The Texan government has put many processes in place to ensure that the state attracts and supports the brightest minds and ideas in educational and business ventures. Traditionally, the German presence in Texas has been strong. More than 170 German-owned companies currently operate in the state, among them many global corporations. With a focus on international business, Texas has been the number one state in export revenues for several years in a row. In addition to the high-tech fields, agriculture and mining are still mainstays in the Texan economy.
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