October 6: Mark Strama at Solar Austin’s Happy Hour

Date: October 6, 2010
Location: Opal Divine’s Penn Field
k100, 3601 S Congress Ave
Austin, Texas 78704

Time: 6pm-8pm

Renewable Energy and the 2011 Texas Legislature:
Good, Bad or Ugly?

Mark StramaCome hear Rep. Strama’s remarks on the state of play for the upcoming 82nd Legislative session and what opportunities exist to make good on Texas’ vast solar and clean energy potential, despite the realities of an exceedingly ugly State budget. During the 81st session in 2009, Mark was at the epicenter of efforts to pass meaningful solar legislation, serving as the Chairman of the Technology, Economic Development, and Workforce Committee and as a member of the Energy Resources Committee. This will be a great opportunity to visit with one of the leaders shaping Texas energy policy and network on how solar can begin playing a significant role.

Mark’s background:

Mark Strama began his political career working on Ann Richards’ successful campaign for governor in 1990 and went on to become chief of staff for State Senator Rodney Ellis.

In 1995, he left government to become director of programs at Rock the Vote, where he helped register more than a million new voters. Soon after, he founded the first company to register voters online, which helped empower over 700,000 Americans to vote in the 2000 election cycle.

In 2004, Mark campaigned for state representative in an attempt to return to politics and won by just a few hundred votes. Two years later he was re-elected with an overwhelming majority. His campaigns have earned national attention because of his effectiveness in registering voters and mobilizing young activists.

Also save the date:  our November 10 Happy Hour will feature Austin Energy’s new leader, Larry Weis.

1 Comment

  1. Sean OLeary

    Solar, wind and other so-called renewable energy sources have no practical role in the future of Texas. Texas must embrace nuclear power, just so that Texas may maintain its existing living standards, much less grow economically and become more prosperous. Solar, wind and other so-called renewable energy sources cannot exist without government subsidies and in purely physical terms they require more energy than they produce. Technological improvements in these forms of energy will make no difference because the energy simply is not there. The sun only throws 30 kW per square meter on the earth, at noon in summer on a cloudless day. Wind energy is entirely unreliable. If Austin Energy is serious about energy, then it will focus on nuclear energy henceforth. Otherwise, it is plainly not serious and not even rational.

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