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Atrazine still polluting water; Texas tests show high levels

July 15th, 2014

Recent tests show Atrazine at levels above the safe threshold at dozens of testing sites, including some in Texas. This pesticide, known for feminizing male frogs, has been found to affect human fertility and raise the risk of breast and prostate cancer. A frog expert in Berkeley wants Atrazine banned.

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Where’s the local, greener beef? It’s about to get taxed in Texas

May 19th, 2014

Texas ranchers are about to get hit with a tax that’s being portrayed as a benefit for the beef industry. But the money fails to help local producers when it’s put into a fund advertising meat that could come from anywhere, according to the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance. The group is urging ranchers to act quickly to vote this proposal down.

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Texas sets new wind power peak, getting 40 percent of its power from wind on Wednesday

March 28th, 2014

Texas wind whipped on down the West plains this week to momentarily cover about 40 percent of the electricity being taken up by the state’s electric grid, a new Texas-sized record.

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Texas lags behind California — and other states — in solar jobs

February 18th, 2014

A new report by the Solar Foundation shows California continuing to surge ahead with jobs in the sector, while other states, including Texas, lag behind.

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‘Fracked’ residents call on Congress and the EPA to investigate water contamination

February 5th, 2014

Texas, Pennsylvania and Wyoming homeowners whose water has been contaminated by gas fracking operations called on Congress today to hold hearings about what they see as the natural gas industry’s widespread negative impacts on water, air and communities.

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Water shortages pit ranchers against frackers in Texas

August 12th, 2013

Two of the industries that built Texas, ranching and oil/gas drilling, are now competing for dwindling water. The problem is especially pronounced in drought-stricken West Texas.

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Kermit goes green

August 1st, 2013

It’s not easy being green if you’re Kermit, Texas, a small town so far off the beaten track you can’t even see it from Midland. But that hasn’t stopped the tiny municipality from jumping to become the Permian Basin’s leader in banning plastic bags.

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Gasland II: America’s fracking nightmare and somnambulent energy policy

July 9th, 2013

One of the talking points that has convinced Americans to look politely away from the muck and dirty water while the oil and gas industry fracks tens of thousands of gas wells in Texas, Pennsylania, New York, Ohio, North Dakota , Wyoming, Colorado and beyond is that the U.S. is “The Saudia Arabia of Natural Gas.”

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Texas A&M to build a ginormous solar testing facility

July 2nd, 2013

Texas — big and sunny — will be home to what could be the biggest, sunniest technology incubator in the world. Texas A&M University announced it was partnering with private industry to create the Center for Solar Energy, which aims to provide a photovoltaic testing ground for experts and manufacturers from around the world.

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Keystone XL pump station construction halted by Great Plains protesters

June 24th, 2013

Nine protesters from the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance were arrested this morning, after at least eight members of the group locked themselves to construction equipment and a construction trailer at the site of a pump station being built in Seminole, OK, to service the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

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HOAs must consider drought-tolerant landscaping under new law passed by Texas legislature

June 3rd, 2013

Homeowners will still have to submit their plans to their association, but they will be allowed to move toward more drought-tolerant landscaping under a new Texas law awaiting Gov. Rick Perry’s signature.

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Keystone XL crews plows up Julia Trigg Crawford’s farm, as pipeline nears completion in Texas

May 17th, 2013

Julia Trigg Crawford is standing firm, even as TransCanada arrived this week to dig the tunnel for its Keystone XL pipeline. The controversial pipeline will carry diluted tar sands oil, or dilbit, from Alberta to Houston-area refineries. Crawford has challenged the oil concern in court, saying it doesn’t have proper standing to operate in Texas.

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