HOUSTON – In a sign of incredible growth for solar energy in Houston, total solar capacity in the city more than doubled in 2018, according to the sixth edition of Shining Cities: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy, a new report by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. Houston passed Dallas in solar, adding 11.4 megawatts (MW) of solar in 2018. The group pointed to a new solar energy bulk purchasing program available through the state, Houston’s climate action plan, and bills in the Legislature as opportunities to further boost the region’s use of solar energy.
AUSTIN - Southwestern University and Austin College topped the chart in a new national ranking of campuses with the most renewable energy, while Rice University took third place for its percentage of electric campus vehicles.
Facilities storing billions of gallons of toxic waste threaten America’s rivers and millions of people who live near them, according to a new report from the Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, TexPIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group.
AUSTIN - Texas climate scientists delivered a letter to Gov. Abbott today in response to his comments that it is “impossible” for him to say whether man-made climate change is contributing to extreme weather. The letter, signed by more than two dozen climate scientists and experts from Texas universities, warned that climate change will have dangerous results for Texas and offers a briefing to the Governor on climate science.
The Dirty Water Rule would replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which restored federal protections to more than 143,000 miles of Texas streams, which help provide drinking water to over 11.5 million Texans. The health of Texas waterways from Rio Grande to the Red River depend on the smaller streams that feed them, and the wetlands that filter out pollution.
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