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  • Just-Passed House Tax Bill would Doom America to a Dirty Energy Future
    by tparker on November 16, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed their tax bill that slashes incentives for clean energy sources such as wind and solar and electric vehicles, while maintaining most of the permanent oil incentives and extending nuclear tax breaks. Environment America's DC Office Director Anna Aurilio issued the following statement in response: […]

  • Thankful for the bees this Thanksgiving
    by luke on November 15, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    AUSTIN - Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, green beans and more of the foods that make Thanksgiving dinner so special are possible through the work of bees. But bees are at risk. So this holiday season, chefs, beekeepers and environmental advocates are speaking out to protect bees and help stop them from dying off at alarming rates. […]

  • More than 30,000 Americans Call on Secretary Perry to Stop Blocking Clean Energy
    by rsherman on November 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Today, Environment America delivered a message from 33,923 supporters in all 50 states urging Energy Secretary Rick Perry to back off on his proposals to get the federal government to intervene on behalf of old, dirty energy sources at the expense of cleaner, more affordable clean energy options. […]

  • New Water Policies Can Cut Pollution & Flooding in Austin
    by luke on October 31, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    AUSTIN — Local environmental groups today announced their support for changes to Austin’s land development code that will help reduce water pollution and flooding severity. The proposals will require future developments to retain a minimum amount of rainwater with on-site features, and to limit the amount of runoff flowing into the city’s drainage system. However, local leaders stated that additional changes still need be made to protect Austin’s safety and environment. […]

  • Environment Texas applauds EPA action against Exxon
    by luke on October 31, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    AUSTIN - Environment Texas hailed today's announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of a settlement to cut illegal air pollution from eight Exxon Mobil chemical plants in Texas and Louisiana. Two of the facilities were subject to a lawsuit by Environment Texas and the Sierra Club, which resulted in a federal judge in April ordering Exxon to pay a $20 million penalty. […]

  • Austin environmental leaders call for bold change in CodeNEXT to stop sprawl and protect the environment
    by luke on October 23, 2017 at 2:20 am

    A group of prominent local environmental advocates is calling upon Austin’s leaders to adopt a CodeNEXT that promotes the compact and connected development necessary to stop sprawl, reduce car-dependency and protect Austin’s environment as the city continues to grow. “Austin’s current Land Development Code actively encourages low-density, sprawling development that consumes more energy, water and land than compact urban development, while also generating more greenhouse gas emissions,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “There is no environmental case to be made for sprawl.&rdquo […]

  • Senate budget sells out our environment, health, and the treasured arctic national wildlife refuge
    by tparker on October 20, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    The Senate just passed their budget resolution for 2018. In response, Jennie Olson at Environment America, issued the following statement: “The Senate budget makes drastic cuts to some of our most vital programs that protect our air, water, and families’ health. In addition, the Senate budget attempts to sell out our public lands to polluters by including instructions to the Senate Natural Resources Committee that would ultimately allow drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. […]

  • Luminant to close two more coal plants
    by luke on October 13, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    AUSTIN - Just a week after announcing closure of its Monticello coal-fired power planting, Texas electric generator Luminant announced today planned closures of its Big Brown and Sandow coal plants, as well as their Three Oaks coal mine. Those plants have a combined electric capacity of 2,300 megawatts. According to Environment Texas Research and Policy Center's 2013 report America's Dirtiest Power Plants, the Big Brown power plant ranked as the 61st most polluting plant in the U.S., putting out 8.6 million metric tons of carbon emissions, equal to the pollution of 1.79 million cars.&nbs […]

  • Texas Celebrates 5 Years of Cleaner Cars While Trump Administration Attacks Program
    by luke on October 12, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    AUSTIN – With the help of a fiddler, balloons, cake, and electric cars, Texas elected officials and community leaders will say “Happy 5th birthday, Clean Car Standards!” on Thursday, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Obama Administration’s Clean Car Standards. These standards aren’t just good for the environment, they’re good for the economy as well: Texas has saved $3 billion since automakers, federal and state governments and other stakeholders agreed upon the rules on October 15, 2012. […]

  • Southwestern University and University of North Texas lead Texas colleges in renewable energy
    by luke on October 11, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    AUSTIN-  Southwestern University in Georgetown and the University of North Texas in Denton lead Texas colleges in use of renewable energy, according to an analysis released today by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. Both universities are powered 100% by wind and solar energy from their municipal utilities, Georgetown Utility Systems and Denton Municipal Electric. Fifteen more Texas colleges report at least some use of renewable energy, including from on-campus solar installations and power purchase agreements for utility-scale wind or solar energy. Environment Texas Research and Policy Center today also released Renewable Energy 101: Ten Tools forMoving your Campus to 100% Clean Energy, a series of factsheets highlighting 10 key tools to help Texas universities with building a 100 percent clean, renewable energy system. […]

From Texas Campaign for the Environment

  • Victory for the San Jacinto and a New Fight for TCE
    by robin on November 2, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    TCE Blog By Robin Schneider, Executive Director On October 11, 2017 the EPA ordered the full removal of dioxin-laden waste pits just outside of Houston on the San Jacinto River. Big companies like Waste Management Inc. and International Paper are now on the hook for as much as $115 million. You read that correctly: the current […] The post Victory for the San Jacinto and a New Fight for TCE appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • As Austin concludes recycling phase-in, city preps for zero-waste diversion goal by 2040
    by robin on October 30, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Community Impact News (Courtesy of City of Austin)   Is Austin’s goal of sustainability sustainable? The city aims to be zero-waste by 2040—meaning 90 percent of discarded materials will be either recycled or composted and not sent to landfills—yet 80 percent of the items at city landfills could have been recycled or composted, according to […] The post As Austin concludes recycling phase-in, city preps for zero-waste diversion goal by 2040 appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • Environmentalists protest EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s planned speech in The Woodlands
    by rosanne on October 19, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Houston Chronicle By Alex Stuckey Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency administrator, speaks during CERWeek by IHS Markit Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle ) HOUSTON — About a dozen advocates called on Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt to take a “Toxic Tour” of contaminated areas in Houston during his visit […] The post Environmentalists protest EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s planned speech in The Woodlands appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • EPA Orders Cleanup at Texas Toxic Site Flooded by Harvey
    by robin on October 12, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Chicago Tribune: Trump administration orders two big corporations to pay for a $115 million cleanup at a Texas toxic waste site that may have spread dangerous levels of pollution during the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. The post EPA Orders Cleanup at Texas Toxic Site Flooded by Harvey appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • Austin’s recycling ordinance enters next phase; city works toward zero waste goal
    by robin on September 28, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Community Impact News: When the last phase of the recycling ordinance rolls out Oct. 1, all multi-family and non-residential commercial properties will be required to provide tenants and employees with convenient access to recycling services. The post Austin’s recycling ordinance enters next phase; city works toward zero waste goal appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • Houston Superfund site leaked toxic chemicals after Harvey: EPA
    by robin on September 27, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    ABC News Houston: New test results found very high levels of chemicals called dioxins around the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site in Channelview. Thursday's testing results released by EPA found levels at 70,000 nanograms per kilogram, more than 2,000 times the recommended level of 30 ng/kg. The post Houston Superfund site leaked toxic chemicals after Harvey: EPA appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • Fort Worth Recycling Plan Passes with Key Upgrades
    by Corey Troiani on September 27, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    From our blog: Fort Worth City Council voted to approve their 20-year “Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan.” As a result of widespread citizen participation and advocacy, the final document included many more program and policy goals to reduce waste and increase recycling than originally planned. The post Fort Worth Recycling Plan Passes with Key Upgrades appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • 130+ Organizations Demand a Just Harvey Relief Effort Without Subsidies for Fossil Fuel and Petrochemical Companies
    by rosanne on September 22, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    WASHINGTON – Organizations in the Gulf and across the country released a joint statement today expressing solidarity with the thousands of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey and demanding that recovery funds flow to frontline communities, not to the oil, gas, and petrochemical companies that compounded Harvey’s impacts. This statement comes as former Shell CEO Marvin Odum was recently tapped […] The post 130+ Organizations Demand a Just Harvey Relief Effort Without Subsidies for Fossil Fuel and Petrochemical Companies appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • We won’t let Harvey stop our fight against pollution!
    by Zac Trahan on September 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    From our blog: I watched the rising water from my window all week during Harvey. I felt anxious to help my city during an environmental disaster, and helpless while trapped inside a moat of floodwaters. Harvey tore through multiple Superfund sites, potentially sending toxic waste throughout the area. The post We won’t let Harvey stop our fight against pollution! appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]

  • An Enormous, Urgent Task: Hauling Away Harvey’s Debris
    by Zac Trahan on September 7, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    New York Times: Of all the challenges that southeast Texas faces after Hurricane Harvey, few will linger longer or more visibly than the millions of pounds of debris already crowding curbs and edging onto streets. The post An Enormous, Urgent Task: Hauling Away Harvey’s Debris appeared first on Texas Campaign for the Environment. […]