At the behest of Texas and other states, chambers of commerce and some mining unions, the Supreme Court decided to hit the pause button on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s power plants. Scientists link greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide, to global warming. The high court issued a stay on the EPA plan while lower courts hear lawsuits from states that want to kill it.
“If the Clean Power Plan is ultimately defeated by the Supreme Court, it will be an enormous loss, as the plan is the single greatest step the U.S. has ever taken to tackle global warming pollution,” wrote Sara Smith, a staff attorney at Austin advocacy group Environment Texas, in an email to the Observer.
Environment Texas, the Sierra Club and members of UT's student government released a report Tuesday outlining the effect fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is having on university-owned land in West Texas.
The Environment Texas Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group reported issues with oil drilling on UT System land, such as excessive water usage and the release of chemicals during drilling, in a study released Tuesday.