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Republican-controlled states like Oklahoma are rushing to invest in clean energy even as conservative groups push for more oil and gas

  • GOP-controlled states like Oklahoma are seeing heavy economic investment in the clean energy industry.

  • A solar executive told The New York Times that “financial opportunities” attract people.

  • But conservative groups behind the Heritage Foundation are pushing for more fossil fuel production.

Across the United States, Republican-controlled states are seeing heavy investment in clean energy such as wind and solar power. But conservative groups are banning cutting renewable energy and increasing oil and gas production together if a Republican is elected president in 2024.

The conservative-led Heritage Foundation’s renewable energy policy playbook aims to reverse regulations to reduce greenhouse gases, reduce federal spending on wind and solar energy and increase oil and gas production. The plan is part of the foundation’s Project 2025, a broad program developed by dozens of conservative groups to “pave the way for an effective conservative administration” in the event that a Republican is elected president in 2024.

According to The New York Times, none of the leading Republican presidential candidates have answered whether they support the project, but several of the officials involved are former members of the Trump administration and their plans are in line with Trump’s 2024 agenda.

But as the Heritage Foundation opposes renewable energy, clean energy companies and projects are leading the way in Republican-led states. About two-thirds of new clean energy investments are taking place in Republican states such as Oklahoma, Texas and South Dakota, according to the Los Angeles Times.

For example, the Arkansas solar farm plan will be the largest in the state and will power a large nearby U.S. steel plant by the end of 2024, which Entergy says will help it meet its sustainability goals and reduce the steel plant’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% – reported the Times.

Meanwhile, Texas produced the most renewable energy of any U.S. state in 2021, according to a 2022 report from the American Clean Power Association, and renewables kept the power grid stable this summer despite record heat.

In Oklahoma, economics take precedence over politics as renewable energy sources bring record profits.

“The environmental benefits are nice,” JW Peters, president of Solar Power of Oklahoma, told the Times, “but most people do it for financial reasons.”

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