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Supreme Court Hands Paxton Setback on Mercury Rule

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request from Texas and 19 other states to block a landmark federal rule requiring power plants to slash emissions of mercury, acid gases and other toxic metals environmentalists cheered the decision. “Today’s move by Chief Justice John Roberts was a huge victory for our health and environment, especially here in Texas, where two of five worst polluting power plants are located,” Sara Smith, deputy director of Environment Texas, said in a statement. 

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Target, other major retailers asked to go solar

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As Texas continues to create more solar energy, one environmental group in Austin is calling on big box retailers to install even more solar panels.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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