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Postcard from the Future of Energy: Making Markets Work in Texas

April 10, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Texas Energy Markets

Texas is debating how to design their power market to ensure fair competition, low cost, and, of course, reliability in the future. But booming wind and solar energy means their market policies need to encourage flexibility as well.[read more]

Texas: The Most Remarkable Republican Energy State in the US

February 23, 2014 by Rebecca Lutzy
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In terms of energy policy, Texas is unusual. While no Republican states have implemented any kind of climate change policy, Texas has some of the strongest energy efficiency and renewable energy policies in the country, including California.[read more]

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In Texas, Natural Gas and Renewables Expected To Meet Future Energy Needs

January 1, 2014 by Devon Bass
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Texas and Energy Needs

As a way to provide a framework for what to expect over the next twenty years, the Texas Clean Energy Coalition developed a study called Exploring Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT Part II: Future Generation Scenarios for Texas, to test energy models based on the best current information.[read more]

Inspector General Report Finds EPA Should Act to Protect Texans' Drinking Water From Oil and Gas Operations

December 28, 2013 by Amy Mall

The EPA has an obligation to enforce the law where there is evidence that the domestic water from an underground drinking water source may pose imminent and substantial endangerment to human health and the relevant state agency has not sufficiently addressed the potential endangerment.[read more]

The Odd Couple: Natural Gas and Renewables

November 15, 2013 by Herman Trabish
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Natural Gas and Renewables

The talk in Texas currently is about using its newly discovered shale gas abundance and its growing renewables capacity synergistically. But is natural gas a bridge to renewables or is it actually an environmental sin?[read more]

Texas Develops Statewide "PACE in a Box"

August 18, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

It’s no secret that Texans don’t like a government telling them what to do. So when state legislature passed The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Act, the group that helped passed the legislation knew it would need to get creative to effectively launch the program.[read more]

Fracking and Drought: They Call It Texas Tea, But You Can’t Drink It

August 14, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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Texas Drought and Fracking

How dry is it in Texas? So dry some residents are wishing for a hurricane to replenish the aquifer. So dry that many Texans are now against using water to frack for oil, because every fracking job requires several million gallons of water.[read more]

Don’t Mess with Texas, US EPA!

August 20, 2012 by Gary L. Hunt
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Flag & Map of Texas via Shutterstock

Don’t Mess with Texas!  That was the bottom line in a 23-page opinion by Circuit Judge E. Grady Jolly who headed a three judge panel from the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals based in New Orleans reviewing the appeal by the State of Texas of the US EPA action denying approval of a state requested Flexible Permit Program under the...[read more]

Texans Say No to the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

April 3, 2012 by Rocky Kistner
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With news that President Obama will fast track the building of the southern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, Texans in its path say their health and property rights are endangered by a torrent of corrosive tar sands oil from Canada. From landowners in the northern parts of the state to residents in the...[read more]

Texans to Future Tar Sands Refineries: Do They Care?

March 18, 2012 by Rocky Kistner
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Gloria Trevino doesn’t need a Washington politician to tell her that a daily gusher of Canadian tar sands crude won’t do her air in south Houston any favors. Surrounded by massive petrochemical plants, she and her neighbors in this industrial community already breathe some of the dirtiest air in the country. Her small one-...[read more]

Texans Fight to Protect Their Land from the Keystone XL Pipeline

March 11, 2012 by Rocky Kistner

Down in Texas there’s an old saying; “You can put your boots in the oven but it don’t make them biscuits.” That’s an expression Washington politicians and their Keystone XL tar sands pipeline allies should take to heart. Texas landowners say they are fed up with the exaggerated claims and false arguments that Big Oil boosters are...[read more]

Carbon Capture Takes Center Stage In 2012

February 2, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

For two reasons, 2012 will be a milestone for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies, marking the beginning of its practical utilization.In December, the next step of the ongoing international climate change talks will be hosted by Qatar, which, with Saudi Arabia, has long pushed to have CCS included among approved...[read more]

Finding the Polluters: A Step Toward Accountability on Global Warming

January 17, 2012 by Peter Lehner
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A new EPA web tool documents global warming pollution from about 6,700 facilities across the United States, filling a critical gap in the public's right to know about pollution. Polluters have been required to report on toxic chemical emissions for years, but in 2010, for the first time, big industrial polluters were asked to provide...[read more]

A Year of Weather Extremes?

January 16, 2012 by David Hone

Through 2010 and 2011 in particular, weather extremes seemed to dominate the headlines. Extreme drought, rainfall, flood and wind all played a role in making the period one of the most expensive in terms of damage to infrastructure. In some locations there was also significant loss of life.[read more]

Why I’m (Still) An Optimist

January 2, 2012 by Marc Gunther
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Happy New Year! And good riddance to 2011, a year during which we made little or no progress on some of the issues that I care most about: climate change, the long-term federal debt, social mobility (aka the American dream), and our dysfunctional Congress. Yet I remain an optimist. Texas drought 2011 I could write many words about our...[read more]