News Release | Environment Texas

Alarming rate of bee deaths threatens summer picnics

AUSTIN - Strawberries, watermelon, and juicy tomatoes are among the summer picnic staples at risk if bee colonies continue to collapse at unprecedented rates, local farmer Glenn Foore and Environment Texas said today.

Bees pollinate many of the world’s most important crops, including seasonal favorites such as peaches, blueberries, and cherries. But the U.S. is losing about a third of its bee colonies each year, alarming beekeepers, farmers and chefs along with environmental advocates.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Environment Texas kicks off public education effort for 100 percent clean, renewable energy

AUSTIN  -- Environment Texas Research & Policy Center will deploy dozens of door-knockers this summer in a multi-million-dollar effort to educate Texans about the possibility of 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Part of a nationwide campaign to reach more than 1.3 million Americans, canvassers will distribute literature to more than 26,000 households around Texas, including in Austin, San Antonio and Houston, showing that the country has both the tools and the imperative to transition entirely off dirty fuels to clean sources such as wind and solar.

News Release | Environment Texas

US House votes to weaken Clean Air Act

Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to adopt H.R. 4775, sponsored by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas). Dubbed the “Smoggy Skies Act,” the measure would permanently weaken the Clean Air Act, block updated ozone pollution limits for years, and impose sweeping changes to future standards for smog-forming ozone and five other major air pollutants.

News Release | Environment Texas

Federal appeals court rules for environmental groups in major clean air act case against Exxon

HOUSTON – At a press conference in front of the federal district courthouse today, environmental groups will cheer a federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that has reinstated their Clean Air Act enforcement suit against ExxonMobil Corporation concerning thousands of air pollution violations at the company’s Baytown, Texas, oil refinery and chemical plant complex. Last Friday, in a 40-page decision, a unanimous three-judge appellate panel held that U.S. District Court Judge David Hittner “erred in [his] analysis of Exxon’s liability” and “abused [his] discretion” by refusing to assess a civil penalty for Exxon’s thousands of admitted violations of the law.

News Release | Environment Texas

State approves new 50 year water plan

"The last drought exposed the huge amount of water waste in the Texas economy, from leaking water mains and irrigation systems to profligate water use in industry. This new water plan recognizes the powerful role that conservation and ending water waste plays in meeting our water needs. While there are still too many environmentally harmful and unnecessary projects included, the 2017 state water plan is a big improvement over the last plan and gives me hope that Texas is on the path to a water-efficient future that keeps our economy humming while protecting the waterways which make our state great."

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