In brief, parks do well, TERP and extra inspectors for oil and gas still short-changed, and other bills face uncertain future.
[Original Post: Josh Brodesky, San Antonio Express-News, May 21, 2015]
When Attorney General Ken Paxton recently announced his intention to sue the Obama administration over its proposed Clean Power Plan, he hit all the necessary boilerplate language apparently required in conservative politics today. The Clean Power Plan, he said in a statement earlier this month, “threatens the livelihood and quality of life of all Texans.” It will damage our economy. Empty Texans’ pocketbooks. Disrupt the power grid. The sky will fall. The earth will shake. And once again, the United States will harm Texas. “Texas has proven we can improve air quality without damaging our economy or Texans’ pocketbooks,” he said. Sure, this is a winning political narrative these days, but in this case, is it accurate?
[Original post: Susan Carroll, Houston Chronicle, May 19, 2015]
Norman Adams isn’t the kind of guy who is sensitive to smells, or much else. He wears cowboy boots and boasts of changing lots of his children’s and grandchildren’s diapers without gagging. But the smell that wafts on the southerly breeze from a waste treatment processor toward buildings he owns on West 11th Street is “like an open septic tank, or worse.”
On the House floor today, the state water grid amendment by Rep. Lyle Larson of San Antonio was stripped off an unrelated water bill, SB 1301, under threat of a point of order that could have killed the bill itself. In response to this development, Ken Kramer, Water Resources Chair of Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter, issued the following statement.
On the House floor today, legislation to evaluate a so-called state water grid was resuscitated as an amendment to an unrelated water bill, SB 1301.
In response to this development, Ken Kramer, Water Resources Chair of Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter, issued the following statement:
Do you want to learn how to help conserve and enjoy the natural world around you? Join the Cross Timbers Sierra Club on May 26 to hear about the group, the Blackland Prairie Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists, and hike on the Greenbelt Corridor of Lake Ray Roberts State Park on May 30.
S.750 and H.R.1412 Are Too Extreme for the Borderlands. The Bush Administration took border militarization to the extreme when it waived 37 federal protections along the border. Unfortunately, pending legislation would take that waiver even further, exempting any surveillance or apprehension activity of the Border Patrol from “any” provision of law in some areas! Even the Border Patrol has opposed this kind of extreme proposal, stating that it can achieve its mission while working in compliance with public land laws such as the Wilderness Act.