Can You Get Rich Off Solar Power? 💰 | Earth Your While w/ Zach Anner

Can You Get Rich Off Solar Power? 💰 | Earth Your While w/ Zach Anner


– Hi, we’re in Georgetown,
Texas and I’m about to interview Mayor Dale Ross,
who’s converted his entire town to wind and solar energy. And I know we’re making a
show about saving the world and the environment, blah, blah, blah. What I wanna know is how do
we make some of that sweet wind and solar money? Show me the wind money! Show me the wind money! Make it rain! Or make it windy! (cheerful music) – Here we are, Zach, city hall. Georgetown, Texas. – This is nice. – You are in the exact
spot that Al Gore was when he came to Georgetown. Are you feeling greener? – I’m feeling a little greener. – Okay, there you go. He has one of the best sense
of humors I’ve ever seen from a guy. – Well I think more people
need to support Al Gore’s stand up comedy career. (chuckles) I’m not gonna ask you the easy questions, I’m gonna start with a hardball question. – Ooh. – Are you a dog or a cat person? – Cats. Cats are very independent. Dogs can be bribed so easily with treats, but cats, they will decide
when you can pet them, and if they’re not in the mood,
don’t even come near them. – This whole city is run
on wind and solar, right? – That’s correct. – So this TV, that’s run on wind. This map, solar. This wall, wind. How did you get that done? – Well that’s why we do
business in Georgetown. We make sound economical
and environmental decisions and that’s what we did with our change to renewable energy. – I know we’re in like the reddest state. – Yep. – I mean it sorta sounds like
you might be a little bit of a tree hugger. Are there Birkenstocks under those boots? (chuckles) – I don’t think clean
air and clean water is a republican or a democratic
thing, I think it’s an American thing, and in
Georgetown we do what’s best for the folks that live here. – I wish more politicians were like that. – I’m not a politician, though. I’m a public servant because
I don’t make a living by being a mayor, I make
a living by being a CPA. That’s the difference. – [Zach] What is this painting? – That is what the new city
hall’s gonna look like. – That looks nice, I hope
you get a swanky office. – I’m a humble public servant. I will get just what
barely meets my needs. – I think you should have a bar. You should have some tiki drinks. Maybe like a disco ball,
solar powered, of course. Do you wanna show me your town? – I do, let’s go spend some money. – All that solar power being put to work. – That’s why we got solar power in Texas, cuz we got plenty of sunshine. Every possible hot sauce
that you could want is in this store right here. – What are your feelings
about Mayor Dale Ross? Be honest, I won’t tell him. – He does great things for Georgetown. The renewable energy project is phenomenal and we are so proud to be a part of it. – [Dale] There you go. (mumbles) Water, boy. – Mm, this is amazing! Tangy and sweet. I know this is about climate
change but I’m just gonna rave about the salsa a little bit more. When you first started
getting into politics, why did you do it? – I was redoing the
driveway and I came home and the city had red flagged
my project and told me stop, and I said, you know what,
there’s gotta be a better way to run government. If it’s not me, then who? If not now, when? – So was it as small as a driveway. You were like, “I’m not
taking this anymore. “I’m gonna run this place!” – It wasn’t quite that dramatic, but yeah, that was the concept. – So do you like working for Mayor Ross? – Oh I do, he’s great. I just love him to
pieces and everybody else around here does too. – You know, our energy
bills are lower than anyone around us. – How do you keep people’s
eyes from glazing over when you talk about renewables? – You talk about saving people money, you get their attention. Why would you pay more
for coal or fossil fuels when you could get wind and solar cheaper? – I don’t know, I’m really bad with money. That would be probably my thing. How do I get some of that
wind and solar scrilla? – One, you can put solar
panels on your roof. The other way is, if you
know what you’re doing, you can invest in
renewable energy companies in the stock market. Consult your financial
advisor before you make any investment decisions. – It’s a little less
sexy than I was hoping. So what you’re saying is, I
won’t be able to get rich quick, but I would be able to get,
let’s say, an extra slice of avocado toast? – Avocado what? – Nevermind. Is it mainly an economic argument for you? – We do a citizen’s
survey every two years, and the top two things
that our citizens want is one, they want a safe
city, and the second thing is parks. Maybe we can be a leader in showing others that you can have economical electricity and you can also be
kind to the environment. We’re gonna go to All Things
Kids, and Zach there are no toys in there that take batteries. They’re all natural. But you know what they’ve
added recently, it’s so cool. – What? – You like ice cream?
– Yeah. – (chuckles) Wait ’til you see– – Ice cream and candy? Smells so good.
– It does. They’ve got waffle cones. – And this ice cream is
running on wind and solar? – Well the energy that created it is. – Ah! Look at all this candy! – All the candy, pretty amazing, huh? This is my new best friend Zach. – We know who he is! – [Dale] Do you really? – That’s awesome! Like no one has anything
bad to say about Georgetown. – There’s nothing bad to
say, it’s kind of like a creepy utopia. No, I’m joking, I’m joking. – Do you think that the rest
of the country might have misconceptions about what Georgetown is? – I do.
– Yeah. – Conservatives love
nature and love clean air and love good things too. – Here’s hog wild, it’s
chocolate covered bacon. – Ah. – It’s really good. – I feel like that was the
way to sell me on Georgetown. Solar, salsa, and ice cream.
– Ice cream. – Georgetown is amazing, guys. Georgetown seems like a shining
example of local government running beautifully. What do you think the
federal government can learn from Georgetown? – Well, conservatives
originally, their whole basis was to conserve things,
whether it’s natural resources involving water or land. – So it’s conservative to conserve? – Absolutely. We need to put (mumbles) national
parks and politics aside. We need to come together
as Americans and do things that are good for the environment. Also do things that are
good for the economy. – So what I learned from
Dale is I may not be able to get rich quick with renewables. But, according to my
calculations, if I invest in solar today, in 30 years,
I’ll be able to buy a house made entirely out of avocado toast. Someone take my money so
I can get a mushy house! Am I rich yet? Man, I really need a financial advisor. ♫ Soul Pancake Thanks for watching this week’s
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54 COMMENTS

    First!!

    To be ninth on this video. If you think about it you're also the first (and only) person to be <whatever you are in terms of views> on this video lol

    I'm here for Zach, he asks the hard hitting questions and has a great sense of humor. He makes the whole show, looking forward to seeing more 🙂

    Great call in getting Zach to work with you on this new show. He is always funny, but he also has some very important and poignant things to say. This show will easily be earth my while…

    Great job Zach. This reminds me of how during the days of Theodore Roosevelt's presidency, being "conservative" was a lot more about being a conservationist.

    I love SoulPancake, I love Zach, I love Earthy things, and I love Georgetown! My dad's side of the family are all in Georgetown! Woo!!

    On behalf of the team from All Things Kids, we were honored to have you in our store and we are working on Wind Powered Advocado Toast Ice Cream (we'll call it Zach Attach)!

    The prole with wind and solar is that you need a high wind or a high solar coverage area. That plot in Texas is probably great. But as far as prices the price for wind without government subsides (tax help and exemption) wind power and solar are about 15 to 12 cents per kilowatt hour. Coal with added with the Obama era road blocks and regulations and taxes and licensing cost 2 to 5 cents per kilowatt hour.

    The climate has been "changing" since the beginning of the life of this planet. On another note, throwing a bunch of money at CO2 won't fix it, but plants tho, they love CO2 … Why don't we hear anyone promoting plants right now…

    Because it doesn't fit the agenda, if people really cared about the CO2, you KNOW what they would be promoting.

    I've been living outside Austin for years and never even knew that Georgetown was water and solar powered, that's awesome!

    Zach is just like Stephen Hawking not being mean well what im trying to get at is his smarts are just like Stephen Hawking is all im trying to say. I love these videos keep on making them Zach and good luck on changing the future.

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