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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. 

News Release | Environment America

Nation’s environmental leaders urge Governor Newsom to save solar

SAN FRANCISCO – As the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) considers gutting the state’s bedrock solar program, a broad coalition of national and state environmental organizations delivered a letter Wednesday to CPUC commissioners and Gov. Gavin Newsom urging them to immediately issue an alternative that allows rooftop solar and battery storage to continue to grow. The letter was delivered by 70 organizations, including Environment America, Environment California, Greenpeace, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, Environmental Working Group and the Center for Biological Diversity.

News Release | Environment America

Shareholders call on Whole Foods to eliminate single-use plastic packaging

Grocery stores like Whole Foods have a major part to play in the fight against plastic pollution.

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.