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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

New report shows Texas has huge offshore wind potential

AUSTIN - Offshore wind could provide Texas with 166% of its electricity needs, according to a new report released today by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. Last year, the federal government identified Port Isabel and Port Arthur as viable sites for offshore wind and selected the two Texas towns for more detailed cost analysis. Environment Texas called on the state of Texas to form a task force to begin siting offshore wind. 

News Release | Environment America

Statement: EPA acts responsibly by relaunching climate science and policy website

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency reinstated its website centered on climate science and policy on Thursday. This information was removed from the EPA website by the previous administration. This relaunch is a strong signal that the Biden administration will restore the role of science in protecting our communities and public health. 

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Environment Texas, TexPIRG and 130+ other groups send letter to Whole Foods Market calling on company to put “Planet Over Plastic”

Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, TexPIRG Education Fund and more than 130 additional groups from coast-to-coast sent Austin-based Whole Foods CEO John Mackey a letter Thursday calling on him to commit to a concrete and verifiable plan to reduce the company’s plastic footprint. This letter comes on the heels of a Greenpeace report released last week that found that the chain was failing on its policies and practices aimed at eliminating plastic waste.

News Release | Environment Texas

Millions of Pounds of Air Pollution Released Because of Grid Failure, Freeze in Texas

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.

News Release | Environment Texas

Consumer advice: electricity prices

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.