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    Addressing Climate Change in Texas

    Texas is uniquely susceptible to climate change, perhaps more than almost any other state. Our coastal cities are vulnerable to larger hurricanes and coastal flooding. West and South Texas are prone to droughts, with agricultural areas likely to lose large amounts of productivity. However, we’re also uniquely positioned to lead in the race for switching to renewable energy. We’re the only state with large areas of both wind and solar potential and currently rank #1 of any state in installed wind capacity.

     

    Public Citizen's Texas office has long been committed to curbing climate change statewide. The most sustainable, long-term solution to climate change is replacing dirty fossil fuels such as coal and oil with clean, renewable energy from non-polluting sources such as solar and wind power. Through renewable energy and efficiency measures, Texas has been able to slow and even decrease its CO2 emissions over the past decade. Throughout the same period we have seen economic growth and relative stability, even during a national economic downturn. Increasing energy efficiency and conservation measures play significant roles as well. Our top priority is advancing the adoption of these and related measures to adequately and effectively meet the climate change challenge.

    While global emissions continue to rise, Dr. James Hansen of NASA has called the development of the Canadian tar sands “game over” for climate change. Public Citizen has therefore taken the lead in fighting proposed tar sands pipelines in Texas, most notably the Keystone XL and Seaway pipelines. By organizing citizens and local governments, demonstrating the increased toxicity and spill potential associated with tar sands, exposing the industry’s plans to raise US gas prices by exporting tar sands products globally, partnering with private property activists and landowners who face eminent domain seizures, and forcing pipeline operators to comply with existing regulations Public Citizen has slowed the progress of these projects and hopes to derail them.

    Victories

    During Texas’ 2009 81st Legislative Session, Public Citizen Texas helped pass a “no regrets” greenhouse gas strategy. This program instructs the Comptroller to look at how the state can reduce its energy consumption in state buildings and agencies and to pursue all policies to cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions that would also save the state money. The bill was nicknamed “no regrets” because all of its intended outcomes would benefit the state, so “why not”?


    Read Public Citizen's Full Report, "Ten Warning Signs of Global Warming."

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    climate change – TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas
    Coal-Fired Power Plant with Carbon Capture – Cutting Emissions or Increasing Them?

    Petra Nova, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture project, has been in commercial operation at the W. A. Parish Plant in Thompsons, Texas, southwest of Houston, since January 2017. The project offers no hope for combating climate change. The Parish station has 10 generating units, but only unit 8 has been upgraded with carbon capture […]


    The post Coal-Fired Power Plant with Carbon Capture – Cutting Emissions or Increasing Them? appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Tuesday, June 19, 2018 1:49:55 PM

    Climate Action SA Coalition Calls for CPS Energy to Phase out Fossil Fuels

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Yesterday, a few days after the one-year anniversary of President Trump announcing US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the Climate Action SA coalition called on the City of San Antonio to establish significant goals to help San Antonio fight climate change. Climate Action SA proposed the following goals for CPS Energy, […]


    The post Climate Action SA Coalition Calls for CPS Energy to Phase out Fossil Fuels appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Wednesday, June 06, 2018 3:26:55 PM

    Stop by and celebrate Earthday with us in Dallas at EarthX (Formerly Earthday Texas)

    April 20-22, 2018 Fair Park in Dallas, Texas! LOCATED 5 MINUTES EAST OF DOWNTOWN DALLAS, NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF INTERSTATE 30, INTERSTATE 45 AND HIGHWAY 75 (CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY).  Click here to get directions.  Click here for a map of the fairgrounds, we will be in the Centennial building (number 13 on the map) in spaces […]


    The post Stop by and celebrate Earthday with us in Dallas at EarthX (Formerly Earthday Texas) appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:00:58 AM

    An Open Letter to Mayor Turner: We Can Be Your Allies on Pollution, Climate Change

    This week marks the six month anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, a catastrophic storm that killed 88 people and caused about $125 billion in damages. Scientists have shown that Harvey’s strength was fueled in part by climate change. Houston Mayor Turner has voiced concerns about climate change and pollution, recently through an op-ed published in the Huffington […]


    The post An Open Letter to Mayor Turner: We Can Be Your Allies on Pollution, Climate Change appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:07:44 PM

    Federal Dollars Not Enough – Industry Needs to Contribute to Harvey Funds

    Months after Hurricane Harvey, Houstonians are still suffering. Over 5,000 people are not in their homes, some housed in hotels, others hopping between family or friends to ensure a roof over their heads. City of Houston urgently requests funding from the federal government to help the most vulnerable rebuild as well as to mitigate future […]


    The post Federal Dollars Not Enough – Industry Needs to Contribute to Harvey Funds appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Thursday, December 21, 2017 6:36:54 PM

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