[Originally posted in Austin American-Statesman, Sept. 23, 2014] My son turned 12 years old this year. During his lifetime, the price of solar panels has dropped 70 percent. Texas has become the national leader in installed wind capacity, driving an economic resurgence in many rural communities. The blades turning in Texas have created thousands of jobs while also lowering the cost of electricity for businesses, schools and consumers. From large businesses to hard-working families, all of us are benefiting from the downward pressure Texas wind power has put on monthly electric bills.
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Lone Star Chapter Water Resources Coordinator Jennifer Walker recently sat down with the Texas Tribune to talk water conservation, environmental flows, and state funding in their series, Trib+Water, a newsletter published every two weeks by the Texas Tribune and the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University.
Matthew Tresaugue, Houston Chronicle, Sept. 22, 2014
Mayor Annise Parker briefly took center stage Monday in the campaign against climate change by pledging to make America's energy capital a laboratory for experimentation and action. Frustrated with the congressional response to global warming, Parker and the mayors of Los Angeles and Philadelphia vowed to set more aggressive targets for reducing their cities' heat-trapping pollution while challenging others to do the same.
On Wednesday, the EPA announced it will provide technical assistance to five state capitals, including Austin, to "develop green infrastructure that will contribute to greener, more vibrant neighborhoods and increase resiliency from the impacts of our changing climate."
Vicki Vaughan, San Antonio Express-News, Sept. 20, 2014
SAN ANTONIO — A spotless solar manufacturing plant on the South Side is the latest step in CPS Energy's plan to obtain 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
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.
Editorial, Houston Chronicle, Sept. 12, 2014
With a rising population, Houston needs to be more ambitious on water conservation. The grass may be greener on this side of the 100th meridian, but that doesn't mean we don't have water worries. Houston, in fact, faces a water conundrum.
Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media, Sept. 10, 2014
While government authorities are tasked with investigating industrial accidents, those efforts, particularly here in Texas, are often triggered by industry “self-reporting.” But how does that work exactly? And how far do we defer to and trust companies to report accidents? We talk about the concept of industry self-reporting, consider some recent examples, and welcome your thoughts for Houston Public Media’s State Impact reporter for energy and the environment, Dave Fehling. Then, we talk with Dr. Neil Carman, Clean Air Program Director with the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter about his organization’s concerns with the concept.
Rachel Hartigan Shea, National Geographic, Sept. 8, 2014
Climate change could threaten half of North American birds by the end of the century, according to a new study from the National Audubon Society. “Half of the birds of North America are at risk of extinction,” says Gary Langham, Audubon’s chief scientist. That estimate is based on the 314 bird species, out of 588 studied, that could lose most of the area they currently occupy, because of a warming planet.