On September 17, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is expected to vote on proposed amendments to the Water Management Plan (WMP) that will govern how water in Lakes Travis and Buchanan is managed. Among other things, the WMP determines, in large part, how much water will flow in the lower Colorado River and into Matagorda Bay during dry periods. The following is a joint statement on the proposed plan by Myron Hess, Water Programs Manager/Counsel for National Wildlife Federation’s South Central Regional Center, and Jennifer Walker, Water Resources Coordinator for the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter.
Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, Sept. 16, 2014
Analysis of proposed 6th grade texts show they falsely claim scientific disagreement about global warming. Texas has proposed re-writing school text books to incorporate passages denying the existence of climate change and promoting the discredited views of an ultra-conservative think tank.
Tam Hunt, Greentech Media, Sept. 12, 2014
The Lone Star State's abundant land area, relatively simple permitting, and significant available transmission capacity may help usher in a new era. Texas is a highly desirable state for investing in renewable energy, topping the list for wind power development, but it is still quite a nascent market for solar power. But that may be about to change.
[Originally posted in TribTalk, Sept. 16, 2014] Texas women have suffered major setbacks to their reproductive health and rights this year. At the federal level, the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision has made it more difficult for women to access their contraceptive method of choice. At the state level, the Legislature and Gov. Rick Perry have enacted new restrictions on clinics providing basic women’s health care and family planning services.
No one can dispute the rapid rise of wind power in Texas, which is expected to become the third largest source of electricity in Texas this year. From rather humble beginnings in the late 1990s, the wind industry in Texas has grown at an outstanding rate over the last five years, and generated 9.9% of the electricity in the ERCOT market, which covers most of Texas (see chart). In 2014, to date, wind has produced more electricity than nuclear power, according to ERCOT’s Electricity and Demand Report, in which wind produced 22.5 million MWh compared to 22.3 million MWh for nuclear power. Is solar next?
Tune in to Shades of Green live talk radio at 91.7 FM in Austin, or streaming on the web at www.koop.org on Thursday, Sept 18, from 1-2 PM CDT to hear Cyrus Reed, conservation director of the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter, discuss the exciting features of the upcoming Renewable Roundup and Sustainable Living Fair. Shades of Green hosts John Hoffner, Stacy Guidry, and Reed Sternberg will be offering two free passes to the Roundup for a donation to KOOP!
The 14th Annual Renewable Roundup and Sustainable Living Fair is right around the corner, and this year promises to be the best yet! The Sierra Club is a lead sponsor of this year's Roundup, which will be held for the first time at the Bell County Exposition Center in Belton, Texas. One, two, and three-day passes are on sale now, and discounts are available for seniors and military. Short on funds? Consider volunteering and get in free!