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Texas the Biggest Culprit in Toxic Waterway Discharge in U.S., Report Finds

Texas the Biggest Culprit in Toxic Waterway Discharge in U.S., Report Finds

A new report from nonprofit Environment America analyzed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data and found that Texas is the No. 1 state in the U.S. for discharging of toxic pollutants into streams, rivers and lakes.  Environment America has been producing the report since 2009. Since the first analysis of the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory […]

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    Shell’s Permian Basin Sell-Off Unlikely to Reduce Climate Pollution

    Shell’s Permian Basin Sell-Off Unlikely to Reduce Climate Pollution

    Royal Dutch Shell’s sale of all its Permian Basin fracking assets to ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion may reduce the company’s emissions on paper, but nowhere else, experts say. Shell has come under increasing pressure to reduce its climate pollution, including a landmark ruling from a Dutch court this spring, but selling its Permian oil extraction […]

    Could Solar Power Keep Texas Lights on in Extreme Heat?

    Could Solar Power Keep Texas Lights on in Extreme Heat?

    The Texas power grid is expected to see its highest power demand of 2021 this week with extreme heat expected there and across the country. The intense power demands raise concerns over the grid’s ability to keep the lights on after thousands were plunged into deadly blackouts in February following the failure of the gas […]

    Activists Welcome Cancellation of Texas LNG Terminal

    Activists Welcome Cancellation of Texas LNG Terminal

    By Brett Wilkins In what Indigenous and environmental activists hailed as a testament to the power of grassroots organizing, a leading U.S. fossil fuel company on Monday announced the cancellation of a planned fracked natural gas terminal in southern Texas. Reuters reports liquefied natural gas developer Annova LNG said it will immediately discontinue work on […]

    Texas Grid Operator Overcharged Power Companies $16 Billion During Winter Storm

    Texas Grid Operator Overcharged Power Companies $16 Billion During Winter Storm

    An independent market monitor says ERCOT, the Texas grid operator, left wholesale electricity prices at the legal maximum for two days longer than necessary, and overcharged power companies $16 billion in the process during the winter storm that caused massive grid and gas system failures and left more than 4 million Texans without electricity. Potomac […]

    Texas Blackouts Reveal How Electric Vehicles Can Provide Power

    Texas Blackouts Reveal How Electric Vehicles Can Provide Power

    By Matt Casale There were many lessons to be learned from Texas’ prolonged periods of lost power during its cold snap, which saw temperatures drop into the single digits. But one many people may not recognize is that electric vehicles, or EVs, can be part of a smart resiliency plan — not only in the […]

    Texas Grid Failure Magnifies Underlying Racism, Inequity

    Texas Grid Failure Magnifies Underlying Racism, Inequity

    Low-income Texans, especially those of color, disproportionately bore the burdens of the state’s power grid failure that left them huddling for warmth, and dying, without heat in poorly insulated homes. Authorities across the state prioritized keeping electricity on for critical facilities like hospitals, meaning that the generally wealthier, and whiter, communities that shared those facilities’ […]

    Sunrise Movement Rallies at Texas State Capitol Demanding Green New Deal

    Sunrise Movement Rallies at Texas State Capitol Demanding Green New Deal

    By Jessica Corbett While millions of Texans on Monday continued living without safe drinking water and many faced storm damage and massive electricity bills, youth leaders with the Sunrise Movement rallied at the state capitol in Austin, using the current conditions across the Lone Star State to bolster their demand for a Green New Deal. […]

    Texas Blackout: Death Toll Mounts While Food and Water Are Impacted

    Texas Blackout: Death Toll Mounts While Food and Water Are Impacted

    As the death toll mounts, secondary effects of the Texas grid failure, driven primarily by the failure of gas, coal, and nuclear plants to handle the cold, are becoming apparent. At least 16 people are dead and 2.6 million Texas customers were without power as of Wednesday evening. Gov. Greg Abbott said he did not […]