If Rick Perry wins the 2012 presidential election, he will make George W. Bush look like Abraham Lincoln.

I still bank on Michele Bachmann, although her $2 a gallon gas promise further sabotaged her bid; but despite Perry’s outrageous comments the past week, he will be a force in the Republican presidential primary.

I will leave it up to the red-blooded political bloggers to Rick Perry’s record on Texas.

What is curious is despite Rick Perry’s stance on the EPA, climate change, and just about every other issue for which this site proudly stands, Rick Perry has a decent record on wind power.  Under his watch, Texas met its wind power goals several years early.  As Kate Galbraith in a guest article on the New York Times covered yesterday:

Arguably, Mr. Perry’s most interesting energy efforts have related to wind power, which has boomed under his administration. Today, after a decade of rapid growth, Texas is the nation’s wind leader. The groundwork was laid by Mr. Bush, who in 1999 signed a bill that — besides deregulating the electric sector — established a renewable-energy requirement that kick-started wind development.

Of course, Governor Perry has not been as kind to solar and other clean energy initiatives.

Perry’s record of giving plum government positions to the highest bidder and indulging in crony capitalism put him all over the map.  It would be interesting to see who does some digging and explores the methods and means behind Rick Perry’s embrace of wind energy.

No matter where your politics may lie, pop some popcorn and sit back the next several months.  This Republican primary is going to make the 1980 and 2008 Democratic primaries look like a cheap telenovela.

Photo is of the Desert Sky Wind Farm in Texas, off of I-10, courtesy Wiki Commons (click to expand).

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009 his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). During 2013 and 2014, he lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as an associate director with a leading public relations firm within Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.