Skip to comments.Texas Is Booming With New Jobs and 'Dirt Cheap' Energy. Why Are Some People Still Naysayers?
Posted on 05/28/2014 5:33:42 AM PDT by thackney
Its population is growing. Its people are becoming more prosperous. It is creating both billionaires and employing more minimum-wage workers than any other state. Its energy sector has thrivedyear-over-year drilling has doubled so far in 2014, with 10,000 new wells drilled just since January. Its technology corridor now extends for hundreds of miles along I-35.
Texas is the hottest state economy this side of North Dakota. But some still refuse to acknowledge the Texas Miracle.
The recovery benefits only the rich, they say. Pro-business means pro-big-business. Job growth has merely kept pace with population growth.
But thats just it. People are moving to Texas, and it certainly is not for the weather. Its population has grown more than 5 percent just since 2010a rate exceeded only by North Dakota, another oil-boom state, and the rapidly gentrifying District of Columbia. California, by contrast, lost congressional seats for the first time in state history after the 2010 census.
Texans see this growth everywhere they go.
You kind of look around and see your neighbors are driving a little nicer car or you realize the restaurants are a little bit more crowded than they used to be or there might be a little bit longer line at the ballpark for hot dogs or something like that, said Patrick Jankowski, a Houston-based economist. Everyone is benefiting from whats going on.
As the steady drumbeat continues, including job growth and improved livelihood in Texas, the naysayers have distilled their argument to two main pointsthe oil and gas revolution blocks renewable fuels or the Texas Miracle is actually a statistical mirage.
The first of these complaints is dead on.
Cheap and plentiful oil and gas is beating subsidized, expensive and unreliable solar and wind energy hands down. Much to the chagrin of solar industry lobbyists, as National Journal pointed out in a recent storyWhy Is Texas Terrible at Producing Solar Power? Texas refuses to subsidize one form of energy when another is so plentiful, so prosperous on its own and so capable of employing thousands of citizens.
[Solar] has also taken a beating from economic forces. Electricity is typically dirt cheap in Texas, making it hard for any power plant to turn a profit, especially one with high up-front costs like a solar farm. And the fracking boom has stiffened competition for solar energy as the supply glut and resulting price dip in fuel prices has made natural-gas power plants a more attractive option.
Exactly. And thats what makes the facts of Texas economic strength difficult for critics to refute.
Texas goes light on regulation, charges no state income tax, reduces barriers to entry and creates a dynamic business climate. California charges high taxes, imposes significant regulations, makes it hard to start a new business and has billions of dollars in debt for pensions owed to retired public employees.
So it should come as no surprise Texas business climate is rated in the top 5; Californias is in the bottom 10. Texas has had four times the job growth of California over the last 20 years. Its unemployment is about 50 percent below Californias and its incomes are growing at a faster pace than Californias.
For Californians to pretend that they are doing as well as Texas is a great delusion, said former Reagan economist Arthur Laffer, who himself moved from California to Tennessee.
Nicolas Loris, who studies energy and environment issues as the Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, says the growth in Texas oil and gas sector benefits other Texans and even those beyond its borders.
Economic opportunity created by the fracking revolution does not stop in oil and gas industries, but ripples throughout the U.S. economy, Loris said. The abundance of cheap, fracked natural gas has fueled employment growth in the manufacturing sector by making U.S. companies more competitive. And lower energy costs have given Americans more disposable income, which encourages further growth.
Heritage Foundation Chief Economist Stephen Moore noted this week that, without the jobs that have been created in the oil and gas industry, the United States would have produced no net jobs over the last five years. These are cheap, abundant and made-in-the-USA jobs producing forms of electric power, Moore said.
some people work for a living... others vote for a living.
“Giving society cheap abundant energy is like giving an idiot child a machine gun.”
Obama should be down on his knees thanking God for the great people of Texas and the Republican governors of other states. Without them, he would have a second Great Depression as his legacy.
I know kids who just graduated from high school making well over $100k (mostly hispanic, deep south TX). There are no minimum wage jobs. Even the pizza delivery drivers make $16/hour. My nephew had to close his powder coating business in Midland because his $25/hr workers headed for the oil patch, and he couldn’t find anyone to take their place. I have a hard time keeping technicians, as they make contacts and move on to higher paying jobs (I can’t raise wages because prices are limited by contractural obligations). A blessing and a curse.
Hah! He’s trying his feckless best to destroy America. Why would he thank those preventing his successful completion of the task?
By "some" he means the Men Seeking Men media.
But nobody is paying attention to them anymore anyway.
Because the hallmark of liberalism/progressivism is a human failing known as Magic Thinking, liberals are easily herded using lies and fraud. Witness the phenomenon called anthropogenic global warming ... magic thinking allows a liberal mind to see what is not there and hold two opposite data sets as equally true. Even as the polar ice grows, the liberal is told it is shrinking, so as they look at the data they see what they are herded to see, a lie, a fraudulent basis for a magical outcome.
Yes, Texas is booming with new jobs, but dirt cheap energy?
I don't think so. Gasoline still above $3.35 a gallon for regular, electricity and propane rates have gone up.
If we're enjoying dirt cheap energy, I'd hate to think what the rest of the nation is paying.
Just an aside to this. Auto insurance rates up, health insurance premiums up, property taxes up, state reg. fees/inspection fees are up, food prices skyrocketing...wages stagnant for the last few years.
Despite the job picture in Texas, corporations are bringing in hoards of foreign workers and hiring for positions at reduced wages. Not as rosy as one might think.
“Obama should be down on his knees thanking God for the great people of Texas ~ ~ “
Never happen. Liberal, especially east coast/west coast liberals, hate Texas and Texans. Btw, it’s ok with me, no love lost here for them by me :)
LOL ... love it ... “Magic Thinking”.
I just paid $3.89/gallon for regular yesterday, and that was DOWN .10/gallon from just a couple of weeks ago. I'd hate to see what the price is in the Bay Area...
Natural gas prices, feedstock for the petrochem and heat source for chemical process.
Paid $3.59 today for reg unl in FW. Where’s the dirt cheap?
Yes. Magical thinking is one of the hallmarks of the personality-disordered, as is black-and-white thinking.
Liberalism is Narcissism; Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Who else could look upon the destruction they wreak, and pronounce their policies a success? (I give you Detroit for an example - pick one of your choosing, it’s not that difficult, rather like shooting fish in a barrel actually).
I wrote down what I was paying just before Obozo took office. These prices are with my Kroger discount, so 3 to 10 cents higher without. Northern suburb of Houston, Tx.
>12/6/2008...$1.41 per gallon
>12/15/2008...$1.29 per gallon
>1/03/2009...$1.24 per gallon
Over the last 5 1/2 years, gasoline has gone up two and a half to three times in price under this idiot in the white house.
The title assumes that the “naysayers” view a growing economy and jobs the same way that we do.