energy is the real future growth industry.
No its not. Where do you get this shit? I am not anti energy, but energy is like roads, they are an economic enabler but they don't produce real growth. Real growth is produced by either
a) producing something new
b) producing something faster/better/cheaper
c) eliminating inefficiency.
Where exactly does the south get something new, faster/better/cheaper or eliminating inefficiency by energy? They don't. Oh, and growth in this sector would produce lower prices, which would benefit everyone in the world. And might even hur thte south. You have to be young not to remember the boom/bust cycle of oil. The busts fricking suck, having lived through two of them.
All those high tech wonders are worthless without juice to power them. and you can build all the solar panels and wind farms you want but it won't keep the lights on.
renewables are the future. These will not be developed in the south.
As for a brain drain, opening up the full potential of the industrial might of the South would draw in engineers and businessmen by the droves.
I doubt businessmen would leave, and some might even move there with the promise of lower taxes and engineers could be a wash.
But teaching creationism in the schools, and alienating scientists will backfire quickly.
sure we'd love the political science majors along with other useless people.
Well they have college degrees, what you wouldn't lose is the poor people. And the south has those in droves. They would stick around, mainly b.c they are too poor to move.
As I stated above, remove the EPA
Won't really do shit, maybe on the edges but nothing much.
.the massive welfare state
So, you will get rid of social security and medicare? Those are the big drains. I am sure your grandma will love you for this. SNAP, TANF and public housing account for $~125b in budget. This won't do shite to save the south.
finally be able to unleash it's full potential.
you are clearly delusional. A) secession is not going to happen. B) the south, if it did leave would be a back water cesspool.