Kansas Small Town Destroyed By A Tornado And Rebuilt On Green Energy

As reported by theindychannel.com:

After a tornado destroyed this small town, it rebuilt on a 100 percent green energy plan.

“All of our pioneering ancestors were the original green people,” Mayor Bob Dixson told us. “They drilled a water well when they settled here. They used the wind to pump the water out of the ground.”

In 2007, Greensburg, Kansas, was forced to start again. And they started on a green energy grid. Today they produce more energy put onto that grid than they take off of it.

May 4, 2007, 95 percent of the community was leveled by an EF-5 tornado,” Dixson said. “It left us all homeless. My wife and I were in the basement, and it sucked the house right off the top of us.”

When that tornado hit Greensburg, about half of the town’s 1,500 residents moved out. Those who stayed, including Mayor Bob Dixson, made a choice to try something new, despite the politics around it.

“Green to me in my generation in rural America was 1967, powder-blue bellbottom pants, double-knit with a tie-dyed shirt, possibly on some mind-altering substances, hugging a tree,” Dixson said. “That’s what green was because we played political football with the environment since then.”

Harnessing the wind through turbines, Greensburg, Kansas now produces more energy than it consumes, and it’s all clean.

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