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Statement: $60 Million for EV charging in Texas in 2022

AUSTIN, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that Texas is eligible to receive $60,356,706 for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in fiscal year 2022, with $407,774,759 available over the lifetime of Infrastructure law funding. This is the largest sum awarded to any state.

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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Texas legislators and university faculty ask the EPA to strengthen methane regulations

AUSTIN, Texas – A group of 17 Texas senators and representatives and 46 faculty from the University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems sent separate letters to the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday in support of implementing and strengthening the agency’s proposed rule to reduce climate- and health-harming pollution from the oil and natural gas industry. In addition to environmental concerns, both letters cite negative health impacts to the state stemming from methane flaring and a lack of monitoring. 

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The Texas Freeze: Timeline of events | Luke Metzger

A day by day review of how the disaster unfolded. 

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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Judge rules offshore drilling leasing needs to consider climate

AUSTIN, Texas -- In a victory for wildlife and ecosystems in and around the Gulf of Mexico, a U.S. District Court judge revoked the federal government’s November sale of oil and gas leases covering more than 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico. The ruling Thursday found that the Biden administration’s environmental assessment did not adequately take into account the greenhouse gas emissions that would result from the leases sold. 

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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Freezing temperatures may lead to gas supply shortages

AUSTIN, Texas - Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan reported today that due to a recent Winter Storm Watch there is a possibility of “supply shortfalls” which could lead to blackouts. The National Weather Service stated that an Arctic cold front will bring freezing temperatures and icing across the South-Central Texas region. A similar cold front at the beginning of January led gas companies to flare 1 million cubic feet of methane gas, leading to a 20% drop in production in the Permian Basin and 1300 megawatts of electricity generation going offline due to lack of fuel availability.

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