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San Antonio poised to climb even higher as solar energy adopter

Environment Texas and the Frontier Group released their " Shining Cities Report" on Wednesday. The report ranked Los Angeles as number one with 215 megawatts of solar capacity by the end of 2015.

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San Antonio ranks high among U.S cities for use of solar power

“Thanks to forward-thinking programs and leadership by CPS Energy, our report shows that San Antonio really shines when it comes to solar power,” said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, Environment America’s branch in the state.

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At Texas oil and gas regulator, close ties to industry

State lawmakers have regularly shot down efforts to make the agency’s relationship with industry more transparent. Every session, for example, the Republican-led Legislature kills efforts to change the name of the agency — which has had nothing to do with railroad regulation for generations — to something like the Texas Energy Commission or Texas Oil and Gas Commission. The resistance by the industry to a name change is “partly because there’s a desire to keep it in the dark,” Gary Gates, a Houston-area businessman and largely self-financed Republican candidate for the commission, told the Statesman.

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Metzger, Smith: What's in our Drinking Water?

Since the time of Roman aqueducts, water infrastructure has been a hallmark of advanced civilization. Yet we have let our public drinking water systems crumble in neglect. The EPA now estimates that communities face a $384 billion backlog to repair drinking water infrastructure across the country.

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Groups weight disasters, climate

“From massive floods to severe droughts, dangerous weather is already hitting close to home,” said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, the national group’s branch in the Lone Star State. “And without action to stop climate change, scientists say these extremes and their impact on Texans will only get worse.”

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