South Texas economic hopes hitched to SpaceX

Noise pollution and contamination from the chemicals sprayed during rocket launches are among the issues to consider, Metzger said. Ocelots, a threatened leopard species, face the greatest risks, he said. The animals are already vulnerable to being run over by cars, and the heavy traffic of site construction would pose an even greater threat to the spotted felines.

“An area surrounded by state parks is not appropriate for industrial activity,” Metzger said. “When Texas has such little public land — less than 5 percent is publicly protected as state parks — we need to be taking the best care of the parks we do have.”


Worse global warming effects ahead for Texas, federal report says

But Luke Metzger, director of the advocacy group Environment Texas, said climate change is already harming Texas and called greenhouse limits on coal vital.

“This isn’t the only action we need to solve the climate crises,” he said. “But it’s a big step, and taking one step at a time is the only way to move forward.”


Austin 16th in Nation for Solar Installations

A new report ranks the City of Austin 16th in the nation for the number of solar installations. "Solar power is booming across the country and Austin is at the forefront. By continuing to raise the bar, we can make sure Austin continues to harvests solar's benefits, including cleaner air and new clean-tech jobs," says Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas. The report comes on the heels of a historic deal approved by the Austin City Council to add an additional 150 megawatts of solar energy from a west Texas solar farm. With the city close to meeting its renewable energy goals, a new city task force will convene starting next week to consider raising the goals.


Austin ranks on nation's solar industry scene, but far behind leaders

Austin is one of the top cities in America for solar power generation, according to a new report from Environment Texas, but still lags far behind other cities like San Antonio for photovoltaic generating capacity.


When it comes to solar, Dallas is left in the dark, new report says

Oncor, the electric delivery company in North Texas, is owned by Energy Future Holdings, a debt-ridden company bought by Wall Street investors in 2007 that's on the verge of bankruptcy. 

"Oncor has a solar program but haven't put anywhere near the resources that Austin and San Antonio have," Metzger said.