Clean Water Action, Environment Texas, Environmental Stewardship and Save Our Springs Alliance claim the Vista Ridge water pipeline proposed to carry water from North Texas to San Antonio is not eligible for public funds.
“Thanks to forward-thinking programs and leadership by CPS Energy, our report shows that San Antonio really shines when it comes to solar power,” said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, Environment America’s branch in the state.
State lawmakers have regularly shot down efforts to make the agency’s relationship with industry more transparent. Every session, for example, the Republican-led Legislature kills efforts to change the name of the agency — which has had nothing to do with railroad regulation for generations — to something like the Texas Energy Commission or Texas Oil and Gas Commission. The resistance by the industry to a name change is “partly because there’s a desire to keep it in the dark,” Gary Gates, a Houston-area businessman and largely self-financed Republican candidate for the commission, told the Statesman.