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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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Resistance to Keystone XL pipeline flares in Spaulding OK

April 29th, 2013

Keystone XL pipeline protesters locked themselves to earth-moving equipment in Spaulding, OK, today, in one of a series of actions against the intercontinental project that would carry diluted bitumen oil from Canada to Texas refineries and ports. Opponents say the pipeline will unleash massive carbon dioxide pollution, accelerating climate change.

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Texas lawmakers propose protection for xeriscaped lawns

February 1st, 2013

In an effort to address Texas’ ongoing drought, two state lawmakers have proposed legislation that would free thousands of homeowners from having to water and maintain conventional sod lawns.

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