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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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    TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas » climate change
    The IPCC Report Paints Grim Forecast of Future Unless We Act Now to Curb Climate Change

    “Human interference with the climate system is occurring, and climate change poses risks for human and natural systems.” IPCC WGII AR5 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released Part 2 of its Assessment Report showing that work to limit the effects of climate change must begin now.  Part  1 came out in September 2013 and showed […]


    The post The IPCC Report Paints Grim Forecast of Future Unless We Act Now to Curb Climate Change appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Wednesday, April 09, 2014 10:24:39 AM

    Climate Change: Bad News for Guacamole (and a Whole Bunch of Other Food)

    When we think of the effects of climate change, we typically think of rising sea level, heat waves, drought and volatile weather. What we don’t often think about is guacamole. Or to be more specific, foods that are in danger because of climate change. In its 2014 annual report, the popular Mexican food chain Chipotle […]


    The post Climate Change: Bad News for Guacamole (and a Whole Bunch of Other Food) appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Thursday, March 13, 2014 2:00:58 PM

    Senators to Conduct Climate Change Talkathon Tonight

    Tonight, 28 US Senators will stay up discussing climate change all night to get Congress to ‘wake up’ to the realities of the issue. The so-called talkathon is scheduled to begin after Senate’s last votes today and continue until 9 AM tomorrow morning. During the night the Senators, comprised of 26 Democrats and 2 Independents, […]


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    Monday, March 10, 2014 4:27:55 PM

    Austinites Greet Canadian Ambassador with Keystone XL Pipeline Protest

    Blog post by Vanessa Ramos and Max Anderson The heat has been turning up on the State Department and President Obama this past week from KXL Dissent. Nearly 400 youth were arrested while protesting against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in front of the White House this past weekend, which was the largest youth […]


    The post Austinites Greet Canadian Ambassador with Keystone XL Pipeline Protest appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Saturday, March 08, 2014 12:41:46 PM

    Natural Gas Climate Change Impact Almost as Bad as Coal Because of Methane Leakage

    While we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing the words “natural”, “healthy” and “environmentally-friendly” thrown around in advertisements for a variety of consumer goods, it’s important to remember that household items are not the only things capable of being greenwashed – case in point, natural gas. The word “natural” has been used to connote things such […]


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    Sunday, February 23, 2014 9:29:33 AM

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