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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.

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    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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    2015 Hottest Year on Record: What it Means for Texas

    If you felt like 2015 was exceptionally warmer than usual, you weren’t alone. Last month, scientists declared 2015 the hottest year on record. Some of this heat can be attributed to the El Niño weather pattern releasing heat from the Pacific Ocean into the atmosphere, but most of the record-breaking heat is from climate changes […]


    The post 2015 Hottest Year on Record: What it Means for Texas appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Monday, February 15, 2016 4:21:22 PM

    Confronting the Environmental Crime in Porter Ranch

    The massive natural gas leak in Porter Ranch, CA, just outside of Los Angeles, has been temporarily capped. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the leak isn’t yet permanently stopped and that it has already done incredible damage over the 111 days it spewed methane and toxic chemicals into the air. The […]


    The post Confronting the Environmental Crime in Porter Ranch appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Friday, February 12, 2016 12:16:15 PM

    Protecting our Workers from Climate Change

    The world is getting hotter. And for those who work outdoors, climate change could mean very dangerous working conditions. As the heat index increases, stricter regulations and safety practices need to be implemented to ensure the health of our workers. Not doing so could be the difference between life and death. People working jobs that […]


    The post Protecting our Workers from Climate Change appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Saturday, August 08, 2015 7:30:22 AM

    Problems with New ERCOT Report on EPA Clean Power Plan

    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) released a report yesterday titled “ERCOT Analysis of the Impacts of the Clean Power Plan” regarding the costs, benefits, and concerns of Texas’ compliance with Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan, put forth by the EPA on June 2, 2014, would set […]


    The post Problems with New ERCOT Report on EPA Clean Power Plan appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:10:06 PM

    5 Deadly and Disruptive Heat Waves of 2013

     Australia experienced record-breaking temperatures and many other countries are experiencing uncharacteristically intense heat waves. Whether or not these events are related to climate change has been questioned in the past, but has recently come to light as something that is very probable. Recently, researchers and scientists come up with the phrase “extreme event attribution” which […]


    The post 5 Deadly and Disruptive Heat Waves of 2013 appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 9:30:55 AM

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