Oil refineries, petrochemical plants and other unprepared industrial facilities in Texas reported releasing an estimated 3.5 million of pounds of extra pollution into the air during the state’s electric grid failure and freezing temperatures last week.
Large scale power outages and energy shortages across the state from this week’s winter storm have caused wholesale electricity prices to rise more than 10,000 percent, leaving many Texans wondering if their electricity bills will increase, too. TexPIRG Education Fund and Environment Texas Research and Policy Center jointly released a guide Friday with tips to help consumers understand their electric bills, assess their situations and agree on payment plans with their electric providers.
WASHINGTON -- The United States officially rejoined the international Paris Agreement on Friday. The act brings America back into a key accord aimed at reducing planet-warming emissions.
Environment America had called on Biden to prioritize rejoining the Paris Agreement on his first day in office in the "First Things to Fix" report. The report presented 20 actions for the Biden administration to undertake in early days of office to undo the Trump administration’s rollbacks of environmental laws and protections.
A new report finds that only 10 of the nation’s most toxic Superfund sites were cleaned up in Fiscal Year 2020 -- less than one seventh of the annual total in the 1990s. Environment Texas Research and Policy Center found that insufficient funding jeopardized the cleanup of 55 existing Superfund sites in Texas, as well as potential new sites such as the creosote plume underneath the Fifth Ward and Kashmere Gardens neighborhoods in Houston, where two cancer clusters have been discovered.
Citing concerns about the waste of Texas’ natural resources, Railroad Commissioners Jim Wright and Wayne Christian today announced their support for measures to end or reduce routine flaring. The announcement, which comes on the heels of newly filed legislation in the state House and Senate to address routine flaring, was followed by a vote to remand 14 flaring exception applications; a move championed by Commissioner Wright, and supported by all three of the current Commissioners.
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