Texas Superstores Should Go Big on Solar

Big box stores get a bad rap from environmentalists, who say they’re a visual blight on the landscape, aide urban sprawl and often sell low-cost products that increase waste. But according to a new report released Tuesday, they may have one redeeming feature: vast open rooftops suited to solar installations.


Paxton: 'Impossible' Clean Power Plan a 'Blatant Overreach'

“If the Clean Power Plan is ultimately defeated by the Supreme Court, it will be an enormous loss, as the plan is the single greatest step the U.S. has ever taken to tackle global warming pollution,” wrote Sara Smith, a staff attorney at Austin advocacy group Environment Texas, in an email to the Observer.


Texas officials celebrate Supreme Court blocking power plant rules

At the behest of Texas and other states, chambers of commerce and some mining unions, the Supreme Court decided to hit the pause button on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s power plants. Scientists link greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide, to global warming. The high court issued a stay on the EPA plan while lower courts hear lawsuits from states that want to kill it.


Industry group says offshore drilling safety rules will cause too much pain

As the Obama administration readies new offshore drilling regulations designed to prevent a repeat of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the oil and gas industry is lobbying for final hour adjustments.


Luke Metzger and Sara Smith: The unacceptable inundation of our water infrastructure

More than 630,000 gallons of raw sewage overflowed across Dallas recently as the result of record-setting rains.

The sheer volume of stormwater transmitted by roads and parking lots into sewers overwhelmed the capacity of the system and sewage was released across five Dallas locations.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t an isolated incident — there are more than 40,000 sewer overflows every year in the United States.