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Metzger, Smith: Our water infrastructure isn't up to task to handle pollution

Last month, more than 2 million gallons of raw sewage overflowed across Houston, the result of Halloween weekend rains swamping the sewage system.

The sheer volume of stormwater transmitted by roads and parking lots into sewers overwhelmed the capacity of the system and sewage was released to nearby bayous and ultimately to Galveston Bay.

Unfortunately, this wasn't an isolated incident - there are more than 40,000 sewer overflows every year in the United States. These events, along with other pollution picked up by stormwater, contribute to 80 percent of the major waterways in Greater Houston not being safe for swimming or fishing.

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Texas attorney general reignites attacks on feds environmental policy at event

“Polls show Texans support badly needed federal action to clean up our air and water and protect our climate,” said Luke Metzger, director of the environmental activist group Environment Texas. “General Paxton’s obstructionism is not serving the will of the people, but the will of the big polluters who fund his campaigns. Texas voters, and a growing number of Texas businesses, want our state leaders to put politics aside, roll up their sleeves and get to work implementing these environmental safeguards.”

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On Quakes, Regulator Sides with Energy Companies

"The Railroad Commission is losing all credibility. Independent scientists, the U.S. Geological Survey and even the state of Oklahoma have all linked wastewater injection wells to earthquakes," said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas. "But, once again, the oil and gas industry is denying the science rather than acting responsibly."

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Texas Part of Coalition Suing EPA Over Clean Power Plan

Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger, meanwhile, described the lawsuit as “unconscionable” given the obvious effects of climate change.

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Texas grid operator predicts 50-fold increase in solar by 2030

Under these scenarios, solar would represent 6-7% of total annual generation. Environment Texas notes that the baseline scenario is substantially higher than the 9.9 GW by 2029 that ERCOT predicted in a 2014 report.

“This recognizes the historically low prices we're seeing in the solar market today,” said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. “It's a remarkable time for solar, with each new prediction or price beating the previous historic one.”

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