Texas is a land contrasts. Both conservative and modern, its Republican brand of low-taxation and low government regulation is attracting companies from all over the world. The Lone Star State is booming.
Texan Robert Wise owns his business and among managers, he is a renegade.
Mr. Wise is the founder of Hydrogen-XT, a startup that wants to kit out the United States with hydrogen filling stations. At meetings, he flaunts his cowboy attitude in the khaki shorts and outsize T-shirts he wears.
Like his clothing, his opinions are also unconventional in this part of the country. “Climate change is real. We have to say goodbye to oil in the long-term,” he said.
These are fighting words in oil-rich Texas. Times are changing – gradually.
In the past, Mr. Wise worked for oil giant BP. But now he is certain that cars with gasoline engines have no future. This is most apparent in the the state’s largest city Houston, he said, walking to his office window. “The skyline would be more visible if we didn’t have so much smog,” he said.