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REAPING THE BENEFITS. RED STATE THAT IS REAPING THE BENEFITS.>>Reporter: IN REAPING THE BENEFITS.>>Reporter: IN ROSCOE, A SMALL TOWN>>Reporter: IN ROSCOE, A SMALL TOWN 200 MILES WEST OF ROSCOE, A SMALL TOWN 200 MILES WEST OF DALLAS, FARMERS RELIED 200 MILES WEST OF DALLAS, FARMERS RELIED ON COTTON AS THE CASH DALLAS, FARMERS RELIED ON COTTON AS THE CASH CROP, BUT NOW CHANGE ON COTTON AS THE CASH CROP, BUT NOW CHANGE IS IN THE AIR. CROP, BUT NOW CHANGE IS IN THE AIR. YOUR FAMILY FOR IS IN THE AIR. YOUR FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS WAS YOUR FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS WAS INVOLVED IN THE COTTON GENERATIONS WAS INVOLVED IN THE COTTON BUSINESS HERE IN INVOLVED IN THE COTTON BUSINESS HERE IN ROSCOE. BUSINESS HERE IN ROSCOE. NOW YOURE INVOLVED IN ROSCOE. NOW YOURE INVOLVED IN THE WIND BUSINESS. NOW YOURE INVOLVED IN THE WIND BUSINESS.>>CORRECT. THE WIND BUSINESS.>>CORRECT.>>Reporter: HOW DID>>CORRECT.>>Reporter: HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?>>Reporter: HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?>>APPROACHED BY THAT HAPPEN?>>APPROACHED BY ELECTRICITY, WHO IS>>APPROACHED BY ELECTRICITY, WHO IS NOW OWNED BYON, ABOUT ELECTRICITY, WHO IS NOW OWNED BYON, ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO. NOW OWNED BYON, ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO. FAR EXCEEDS MY 20 YEARS AGO. FAR EXCEEDS MY EXPECTATION. FAR EXCEEDS MY EXPECTATION.>>Reporter: THE EXPECTATION.>>Reporter: THE GERMAN ENERGY COMPANY>>Reporter: THE GERMAN ENERGY COMPANY OPERATES MORE THAN 500 GERMAN ENERGY COMPANY OPERATES MORE THAN 500 TURBINES IN THIS PART OPERATES MORE THAN 500 TURBINES IN THIS PART OF TEXAS ON A TURBINES IN THIS PART OF TEXAS ON A PATCHWORK QUILT OF OF TEXAS ON A PATCHWORK QUILT OF LEASED LAND. PATCHWORK QUILT OF LEASED LAND. THE ION EXECUTIVE SAYS LEASED LAND. THE ION EXECUTIVE SAYS WHEN IT COMES TO THE ION EXECUTIVE SAYS WHEN IT COMES TO RENEWABLES, THIS RED WHEN IT COMES TO RENEWABLES, THIS RED STATE KNOWN FOR OIL, RENEWABLES, THIS RED STATE KNOWN FOR OIL, HAS BEEN DOWNRIGHT STATE KNOWN FOR OIL, HAS BEEN DOWNRIGHT PROGRESSIVE WITH HAS BEEN DOWNRIGHT PROGRESSIVE WITH INACCEPTABILITYIVES PROGRESSIVE WITH INACCEPTABILITYIVES AND INFRASTRUCTURE. INACCEPTABILITYIVES AND INFRASTRUCTURE. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN AND INFRASTRUCTURE. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN GRID AND LESS THEY HAVE THEIR OWN GRID AND LESS REGULATION. GRID AND LESS REGULATION.>>TEXAS HAS ACTUALLY REGULATION.>>TEXAS HAS ACTUALLY MADE WIND ENERGY A>>TEXAS HAS ACTUALLY MADE WIND ENERGY A PRIORITY. MADE WIND ENERGY A PRIORITY.>>Reporter: ALTHOUGH PRIORITY.>>Reporter: ALTHOUGH FORMER GOVERNOR OF>>Reporter: ALTHOUGH FORMER GOVERNOR OF TEXAS, RICK PERRY, FORMER GOVERNOR OF TEXAS, RICK PERRY, PRESIDENT TRUMPS TEXAS, RICK PERRY, PRESIDENT TRUMPS ENERGY SECRETARY, WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMPS ENERGY SECRETARY, WHEN IT COMES TO ENERGY ENERGY SECRETARY, WHEN IT COMES TO ENERGY POLICY, THE TRUMP IT COMES TO ENERGY POLICY, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE POLICY, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE STATE OF TEXAS ARE NOT ADMINISTRATION AND THE STATE OF TEXAS ARE NOT ON THE SAME PAGE. STATE OF TEXAS ARE NOT ON THE SAME PAGE.>>WE HAVE ENDED THE ON THE SAME PAGE.>>WE HAVE ENDED THE WAR ON AMERICAN>>WE HAVE ENDED THE WAR ON AMERICAN ENERGY, AND WE HAVE WAR ON AMERICAN ENERGY, AND WE HAVE ENDED THE WAR ON ENERGY, AND WE HAVE ENDED THE WAR ON BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN COAL. ENDED THE WAR ON BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN COAL.>>Reporter: GREEN BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN COAL.>>Reporter: GREEN ENERGY ADVOCATES WANT>>Reporter: GREEN ENERGY ADVOCATES WANT PRESIDENT TRUMP TO ENERGY ADVOCATES WANT PRESIDENT TRUMP TO WIDEN HIS FOCUS. PRESIDENT TRUMP TO WIDEN HIS FOCUS. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO WIDEN HIS FOCUS. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO HIM ABOUT RENEWABLE WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO HIM ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY? HIM ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY?>>ITS BEEN ENERGY?>>ITS BEEN SCHIZOPHRENIC.>>ITS BEEN SCHIZOPHRENIC. SHOCKING THE PRESIDENT SCHIZOPHRENIC. SHOCKING THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN INCONSISTENT. SHOCKING THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN INCONSISTENT.>>Reporter: TALKING HAS BEEN INCONSISTENT.>>Reporter: TALKING ABOUT THE RESURGING>>Reporter: TALKING ABOUT THE RESURGING COAL INDUSTRY IN THE ABOUT THE RESURGING COAL INDUSTRY IN THE U.S., THAT INDUSTRY COAL INDUSTRY IN THE U.S., THAT INDUSTRY EMPLOYEES 51,000 U.S., THAT INDUSTRY EMPLOYEES 51,000 WORKERS. EMPLOYEES 51,000 WORKERS. BY COMPARISON, THE WORKERS. BY COMPARISON, THE WIND INDUSTRY EMPLOYS BY COMPARISON, THE WIND INDUSTRY EMPLOYS ALMOST TWICE THAT, AND WIND INDUSTRY EMPLOYS ALMOST TWICE THAT, AND THERES SOME 84,000 ALMOST TWICE THAT, AND THERES SOME 84,000 WIND TURBINES LIKE THERES SOME 84,000 WIND TURBINES LIKE THESE ACROSS THE WIND TURBINES LIKE THESE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THESE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. STATES ARE STEPPING UNITED STATES. STATES ARE STEPPING UP. STATES ARE STEPPING UP. NEW YORK WANTS TO UP. NEW YORK WANTS TO HARNESS ENOUGH NEW YORK WANTS TO HARNESS ENOUGH OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY HARNESS ENOUGH OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY BY 2030 TO POWER 1.2 OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY BY 2030 TO POWER 1.2 MILLION HOMES. BY 2030 TO POWER 1.2 MILLION HOMES. IN WEST TEXAS, MILLION HOMES. IN WEST TEXAS, RENEWABLE ENERGY IS AN IN WEST TEXAS, RENEWABLE ENERGY IS AN ECONOMIC BOOM. RENEWABLE ENERGY IS AN ECONOMIC BOOM.>>THEY CONTRIBUTED TO ECONOMIC BOOM.>>THEY CONTRIBUTED TO THE SCHOOL, TO THE>>THEY CONTRIBUTED TO THE SCHOOL, TO THE COMMUNITY, THE TAX THE SCHOOL, TO THE COMMUNITY, THE TAX BASE, AND ITS BEEN A COMMUNITY, THE TAX BASE, AND ITS BEEN A BIG, BIG HELP. BASE, AND ITS BEEN A BIG, BIG HELP.>>Reporter: LAND BIG, BIG HELP.>>Reporter: LAND OWNERS HERE HAVE>>Reporter: LAND OWNERS HERE HAVE EMBRACED THE WIND AND OWNERS HERE HAVE EMBRACED THE WIND AND THE CHANGE ITS BLOWN