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  • Federal Budget Cuts Hurt Clean Energy and Clean Air in Texas
    by luke on August 3, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    AUSTIN - As President Trump and Congressional Republicans work to cut funding to and weaken programs that Texas depends on for clean energy development and a safe environment, Congressman Doggett and local environmental leaders gathered at the Zilker Botanical Gardens to stress those federal actions will harm environmental quality in central Texas.&nbs […]

  • Federal judge rejects Exxon's request to reduce record-setting $20 million Clean Air Act penalty
    by luke on July 31, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    HOUSTON – In another stinging setback for ExxonMobil in a long-running environmental enforcement case, a federal district judge in Houston denied ExxonMobil’s motion to reduce the size of the $19.95 million penalty the judge had ordered in April to punish the company for committing 16,386 days of violation of the federal Clean Air Act at its Baytown, Texas, refinery and chemical plant.&nbs […]

  • Ten years of progress positions Texas to take renewable energy to the next level
    by luke on July 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    AUSTIN - Since 2007, Texas has seen a 21,466% increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a 639% increase in wind power production, according to a new report released today by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. The report also highlights Texas’ leadership in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles, but finds Texas ranked 47th for improvements in electricity energy efficiency programs.&nbs […]

  • Since January, Texas congressional delegation mostly disappoints when it comes to our environment and families' health
    by luke on July 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    AUSTIN - Today Environment Texas released its federal scorecard evaluating how the Texas Congressional delegation has voted when it comes to supporting clean air and clean water and other environmental protections.   State Director Luke Metzger released the following statement: “If this were my spring report card, I’d make sure my parents were in a really good mood before I showed it to them.  An average score of 27% for our congressional delegation means the majority of our elected officials need to do way more homework when it comes to protecting Texas’ beloved mountains, rivers, and streams and ensuring a sustainable climate for our families. […]

  • House Bill Would Shift America Entirely to Clean Energy By 2050
    by rsherman on July 19, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Today, Representatives Jared Polis (CO), Jared Huffman (CA), Raul Grijalva (AZ) and Pramila Jayapal (WA) introduced a bill to phase out fossil fuels and completely replace them with clean, renewable energy by 2050. […]

  • US House votes to weaken Clean Air Act
    by luke on July 19, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    HOUSTON - Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted 235-188 to adopt H.R. 806, sponsored by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land). Dubbed the “Smoggy Skies Act,” the measure would permanently weaken the Clean Air Act, block updated ozone pollution limits for years, and impose sweeping changes to future standards for smog-forming ozone and five other major air pollutants. […]

  • Texas fails to penalize 97 percent of illegal air pollution releases
    by luke on July 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Texas imposed penalties on less than 3 percent of illegal air pollution releases during industrial malfunctions and maintenance from 2011 through 2016, even though these incidents emitted more than 500 million pounds of pollutants, according to an analysis of state records by the Environmental Integrity Project and Environment Texas. A new report, “Breakdowns in Enforcement,” ranks the worst illegal air pollution events from oil refineries, chemical plants and other industrial facilities across Texas in 2016. The report concludes that the infrequency and small size of the state’s fines (averaging just three pennies per pound for pollution) are a major problem, because the lack of enforcement means that the owners are less likely to invest money to upgrade and repair known problems. […]

  • Hotter Summers Coming to Austin
    by luke on June 21, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    AUSTIN – Environment Texas marked the first day of summer by urging leaders at all levels of government to tackle climate change. According to scientists at Climate Central, global warming pollution will fuel even hotter summers in the future. Temperatures in Texas are already 2.1 degrees hotter now, on average, than in the 1970s. Without action to eliminate global warming pollution, summer temperatures here in Austincould rise by 9.5 degrees by the end of the century. That would make summer days in Austin feel more like they do now in Arizona. […]

  • Austin council approves green infrastructure resolution
    by luke on June 16, 2017 at 4:00 am

    AUSTIN — The Austin City Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution that calls for the development of an integrated green infrastructure plan. The resolution specifically endorses the use of Green Stormwater Infrastructure features such as rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavements, and rain harvesting systems in order to address the problems created by urban runoff. […]

  • Watson, Howard Lead Legislature in Environmental Voting
    by luke on June 13, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    AUSTIN – Austin state Sen. Kirk Watson and Rep. Donna Howard were the only two legislators to get perfect marks on Environment Texas’ biennial scorecard of environmental votes in the Texas Legislature, the group reported today. Meanwhile a record 27 legislators failed to cast a single vote for the environment. &nbs […]

From Texas Campaign for the Environment

  • Council to consider changes for waste disposal contracts
    by Zac Trahan on August 7, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Austin Monitor: A series of recommendations made by a City Council working group seeks to address concerns from environmentalists and private waste haulers about how the city chooses the companies it pays to pick up and dispose of waste generated by its own employees and departments. The post Council to consider changes for waste disposal contracts appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • What Environmentalists Are Hoping For In A New City Recycling Contract
    by Zac Trahan on August 4, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Houston Public Media: Joshua Zinn spoke with Rosanne Barone, the Houston Program Director for TCE, about the current state of recycling in Houston, the possibilities of implementing a Zero Waste Plan, and what her organization would like to see come out of a new recycling contract. The post What Environmentalists Are Hoping For In A New City Recycling Contract appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • Editorial: State of Texas, stay out of our trees!
    by Zac Trahan on August 3, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Waco Tribune-Herald: Taking a cue from Gov. Greg Abbott’s vow to call out those state legislators who defy his agenda during the Texas Legislature’s ongoing special session, we call out legislators who supposedly represent our area but are more intent on undermining local control. The post Editorial: State of Texas, stay out of our trees! appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • Seuss-inspired story tells Texans to ‘speak for the trees’
    by Zac Trahan on August 2, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    KXAN Austin: Tree activists of all ages joined forces at the Texas State Capitol to save the trees, with the help of lawmakers and Dr. Seuss. The post Seuss-inspired story tells Texans to ‘speak for the trees’ appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • Dr. Seuss book used to rally for Tree Ordinances
    by Zac Trahan on August 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Fox 7 Austin: Wednesday, a group of tree advocates came to the state capitol to keep local tree protection laws firmly planted in place. Under the canopy of an oak tree, on the east side of the Texas capitol, the words from a popular Dr. Seuss book could be heard. The post Dr. Seuss book used to rally for Tree Ordinances appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • Opponents of Texas tree bills ‘speak for the trees’ at Capitol
    by Zac Trahan on August 2, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    KVUE Austin: The groups Texas Campaign for the Environment and Defend Texas Trees held an event outside the Capitol Wednesday to oppose bills filed in the Special Session related to trees. The post Opponents of Texas tree bills ‘speak for the trees’ at Capitol appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • In Houston’s Fifth Ward, Concern Over Superfund Site Grows With EPA Budget Cuts
    by Zac Trahan on July 26, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Houston Press: Houston-area activists gathered in the Fifth Ward on Tuesday to announce that they are joining organizers from across the country in influencing how the EPA deals with the Superfund program. The post In Houston’s Fifth Ward, Concern Over Superfund Site Grows With EPA Budget Cuts appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • Pruitt to Tap Private Sector to Hasten Superfund Cleanups
    by Zac Trahan on July 25, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Bloomberg News: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is embracing public-private partnerships and setting aggressive agency deadlines to move languishing Superfund site cleanups forward. But environmentalists and other groups say he’s leaving out people most affected by cleanup decisions—local residents. The post Pruitt to Tap Private Sector to Hasten Superfund Cleanups appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • Members of Fifth Ward community protest budget cuts to superfund site
    by Zac Trahan on July 25, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    CW39 Houston: In Houston’s historic Fifth Ward, neighbors worry that politics and profits are taking priority over cleaning up their community. The post Members of Fifth Ward community protest budget cuts to superfund site appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • One Bin for All is dead. So how should Houston handle its trash?
    by Zac Trahan on July 21, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Houston Chronicle Op-Ed: According to the Houston-Galveston Area Council, when we include composters, hard-plastics reclaimers, electronics processors, construction- and demolition-debris recyclers and manufacturers of goods made from recycled items, we have 21,550 recycling jobs in our region and an industrial output of $4.5 billion per year. The post One Bin for All is dead. So how should Houston handle its trash? appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]