There's been a lot of movement lately in the United States about going electric for many different things powered by gas. We've seen a huge push for electric cars lately, and now some states are banning gas-powered lawn equipment. So, is Texas going to fall into that spot?

Here's what we know so far. New York just recently passed a ban on the sale of gas-powered mowers and leaf blowers in the state. It will take full effect on January 1, 2025. Yeah, that means anyone with gas-powered lawn equipment has to replace it by then. Five months, it's all they've got.

New York is one of the most populous states, which makes you a bit fearful for what could be to come for Texas. If New York can pass that kind of law, Texas very well could.

We have to go back a couple of years ago when the city of Dallas tried to enact a ban on gas-powered lawn equipment within city limits. They fought and fought, but were unable to get it through all the channels, and to this day, you can still use gas-powered lawn equipment there.

In May of 2023, Texas Senate Bill 1017 was signed into law, and that bill is exactly what a lot of people wanted to hear. It prohibited banning the use of, or sale of gas-powered lawn equipment. In other words, you're safe.

And let's be honest here, Texas is the oil capital of the country. Did we REALLY think the state would enact a ban on gas-powered anything? That's just messing with the economy at that point. The one thing we should watch out for though would be a national ban on them. Let's hope we don't reach that stage.

Can You Guess These Towns From Their Satellite Photos?

I'm always down for a good brain challenge. This one however got the best of me.
It's always a fun time looking up address or cities and seeing them from a satellite point of view. You start pointing out landmarks and things you recognize.

One thing you don't account for however is something looking bigger or smaller than you seemed to think it was. So we started grabbing a bunch of these satellite pictures of cities and towns around Amarillo.

As we looked at them, we thought to ourselves, "how fun would this be to actually have to GUESS what these places are?". So away we went.

Go ahead and try to see how many you can guess correctly!

Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark

The Somewhat Small Towns of the Texas Panhandle

Say what now? Somewhat small?

That's right. These are the towns that seem massive when compared to teensy weensie two-stoplight towns like Pringle (30) or Kerrick (25), but they're definitely not on the same level as cities like White Deer or Panhandle....much less Amarillo.

Buckle up! We've got a places to go and towns to see! These populations are well over 100, but way less than 1000.

All aboard the Somewhat Small Texas Panhandle Towns tour!

Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark

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