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$40 million from coronavirus relief bill will fund Texas Parks and Wildlife grant program
More than 250 community leaders joined the movement to protect our oceans by signing up to become “Voices for Our Oceans.”
A recession across the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries caused in part by the COVID19 pandemic led to a decline in production. This pandemic-driven slowdown in production caused a drop in unauthorized emissions in 2020, according to a report by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Preliminary 2021 industry emissions reports indicate that the pollution drop is likely to be short lived unless state and federal regulators ramp up environmental enforcement and eliminate pollution loopholes.
Texas industries reported releasing 46 million pounds of illegal air pollution in 2020, a decrease of 54 percent from 2019 caused by the COVID-19 economic downturn, according to state data analyzed by the Environmental Integrity Project and the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.
In order to address climate change, the shipping industry must dramatically reduce global warming emissions by electrifying their trucking fleets.