News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Report: 20 Percent Solar in Reach

Solar power is growing so fast in Texas that goals once considered ambitious are now seen as readily achievable, according to a new report by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Texas Coal Power Plants Pollute as Much as Nation of Egypt

AUSTIN - As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York, a new study shows Texas’ coal-fired power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the atmosphere as the entire country of Egypt, a country of 86 million people. Environmental advocates pointed to the data to support proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

News Release | Environment Texas

House votes to block protections for 75% of Texas streams

AUSTIN – 75% of streams across the state could remain vulnerable to development and pollution, under a bill approved yesterday by the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 262-152. The waters affected flow into important waterways including the Edwards Aquifer, the Trinity River, Caddo Lake, Galveston Bay and the Rio Grande. 

News Release | Environment Texas Research & Policy Center

Solar capacity in Texas grew 45% in 2013

Environment Texas Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States That Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013, a new report which documents strong solar growth across the nation, including a 45% increase in Texas in 2013.   The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun. 

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of “bee-friendly” plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

AUSTIN - Many “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees, according to a study released today by Friends of the Earth and allies, including Environment Texas. The study, Gardeners Beware 2014, shows that 36 out of 71 (51 percent) of garden plant samples purchased at top garden retailers in 18 cities in the United States and Canada, including Austin, contain neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides -- a key contributor to recent bee declines. Some of the flowers contained neonic levels high enough to kill bees outright assuming comparable concentrations are present in the flowers' pollen and nectar. Further, 40% of the positive samples contained two or more neonics.

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