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Arctic Air Brings Dangerous Cold to U.S., Could Test Texas Grid

Arctic Air Brings Dangerous Cold to U.S., Could Test Texas Grid

A bomb cyclone of Arctic air is descending on the lower 48 states, bringing with it life-threatening extreme cold, heavy snow and rain, and blizzard conditions. The National Weather Service office in Buffalo, NY — no stranger to extreme winter weather — described it as a “once in a generation winter storm.” The coldest temperatures […]

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    Texas Farmers and Ranchers Are Embracing Renewable Energy

    Texas Farmers and Ranchers Are Embracing Renewable Energy

    Among the things that are bigger in Texas is the number of reasons why farmers and ranchers there are embracing renewable energy, the Financial Times reports. The largest renewable energy producer in the country (and if the secessionist movement had its way, would be the fifth-largest wind energy producing country in the world) is also […]

    Top Cancerous Air Pollution Sites in U.S. Revealed

    Top Cancerous Air Pollution Sites in U.S. Revealed

    An extensive analysis by ProPublica reveals a detailed map of more than 1,000 American communities that are hotspots for carcinogenic air pollution. The worst three are in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley,” five of the top 20 are in Texas, and predominantly Black areas experience double the cancer risk of white areas. “Go read this investigation on […]

    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 […]