Merv's Texas Adventures

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    Texas is expanding solar like crazy. There's already three times more solar power generation since when I first moved here. Things go a bit quicker here because we don't care as much as X or Y endangered species and NIMBY is weaker. I'm pretty sure I can put a windmill in my backyard if I wanted to. However, the neighbors may not take too kindly upon that. Between solar and wind to cover for each other, we should be set for the future.
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    I know several developers working on multi-gigawatt solar portfolios in Texas with 2-3 year timelines, and I probably only know a few of the total huge developments. Like with wind before it one of the key questions for huge solar expansion in Texas may be grid capacity, but I'm not as plugged into ERCOT grid expansion plans as I was 10 years ago and don't have any real knowledge about it now.

    It's a lot tougher to get big projects together in areas with more forest, more terrain, or high quality cropland. And even though solar doesn't have most of the visual and sound impact aspects of wind power, the NIMBYs still come out in force against it in some places. Lots of disinformation out there. We'll keep working though.
     
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    Yup, I was in a meeting at 2:40pm and the power flickered enough to reset my cable modem.

    We need more grid capacity if we're gonna start plugging in cars! And especially if people keep moving here.
     
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    And really, it is what it is. Many other states are in just as bad condition or worse because of environmental factors.


    FWIW, I don't mind litmus tests for Californians coming here. However, it's really not necessary because statistically the Californians moving here are more conservative than the average Texan. Contrary to public perception, especially from the coasts, Texas is evenly divided with a high percentage of people who lean neither way. Even then, the Democrats in Texas aren't certifiably insane like in California.

    Commiefornia will soon pass legislation on a Worker's Council For Big Fast Food Businesses. Starting wage at McDs will now be $22 an hour, be adjusted for inflation if not downright determined by the Council of Comrades. Screwing talking about raising minimum wage to $15 when it can be simply be determined by unelected officials to be $22. I'm convinced cosmic forces will physically break off California west of the San Andreas fault line and sink it into the ocean.

    https://calmatters.org/california-divide/ca-divide-workplace/2022/08/fast-food-workers/
     
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    ^ one (of many) factors included in that pricing is the rental company's risk of ever retrieving the rental truck as "functional" after it enters texass and it's chances of being used for: various rodeo animal transfers, border crossings, smuggling attempts and / or target practice from locals seeing the out of state plates.
     
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    The thing is that all that shit, especially the illegal alien transfers, happens in California too. Add drug mules. I knew of a few illegals that did this. They borrow citizenship cards from US citizens because evidently all Mexicans look the same to border guards. Starting from Tijuana, up north on highway 5 to SF, then east on 80 to Denver.

    Besides, shipping containers are dirt cheap. Way cheaper than Uhauls. One can buy one used for $3k, and who cares if the refrigeration doesn't work or is flakey.
     
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    Both true in their own ways.

    In reply to the Vice article - the bigger question should be why are so many people leaving CA (IIRC both CA and NY are the biggest states and they are shrinking) and similarly, why are they generally disliked, even when landing in other blue states? Most people I've talked to in most other states all around the US in the last 10 years dislike people from CA moving into town for many reasons beyond just "drive up prices". Also curious about the numbers for people moving from TX to CA - I've been seeing a lot of TX plates around my part of town lately anecdotally.

    In reply to uhaul prices - IDK if that's it either - could also be dumb stuff like there being higher taxes, fees, regulations / other gov stuff, operational overhead, more maintenance on the vehicles (uhauls I've rented for occasional work use in the past in CA tend to be in better condition vs the few uhauls I've had to rent in other states), the cost of driving them all back b/c so many people are leaving CA, just knowing that so many people are leaving and hence they can gouge for it, etc.
     
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    Notice here:

    "...That may sound confusing, but doing some quick math makes it all very clear. The population of the United States minus Texas—because people already in Texas cannot move to Texas—is 300.86 million people. California’s population is 39.35 million, or 13 percent of the U.S.’ non-Texas population. Therefore, more than 13 percent of Texas’ new residents would have to be Californians in order for there to be something of note going on here.

    But that’s not the case. According to Placer.ai, which uses “foot traffic data” gleaned by tracking people's phones, 11.1 percent of new Texans from July 2019 and July 2022 are from California. That’s actually slightly less than one would expect based on an even distribution. If anything, the pertinent question from Placer.ai’s data is: Why are so few Californians moving to Texas?..."

    That the article assumes an even distribution from each and every state - but that's not the way it works, as intra-state movement is dependent on many factors, not the least of which is distance (more people move to nearby states and within region, etc.).
     
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    TBH, I didn't even read that far. This is Vice.com, not the WSJ or NYT.
     
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    Anecdotal, but we know a person that flew from CA -> TX to do a local U-Haul rental here in TX, drove it back to CA to get their stuff, moved it to TX, and returned it. They said it was cheaper than one-way rental from CA. That was a couple year's ago.
     
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