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News Release | Environment Texas

Senators Try To Bulldoze Environmental Review of Keystone

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) introduced a new bill that would bulldoze environmental concerns and force an expedited review of the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The Keystone XL pipeline project is an effort by oil companies to deepen America’s dependence on ecologically devastating oil from Canada’s tar sands.  The project has been delayed over major concerns about global warming impacts, water quality and air pollution.  Senator Lugar was joined by Senators Hoeven (R-ND), Vitter (R-LA), Murkowski (R-AK), McConnell (R-KY) and Johanns (R-NE).  

John Cross, federal transportation advocate for Environment Texas, issued the following statement in response:

 

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News Release | Environment Texas Research & Policy Center

Houston City Council Votes to Increase Energy Efficiency Standards and Move towards New Model Codes

HOUSTON- Today the Houston City Council voted to adopt energy efficiency standards for residential buildings five percent stronger than the new state minimum and set a path for achieving 15 percent greater efficiency by 2014.

 

 

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News Release | Environment Texas Research & Policy Center

Christmas Mountains to be Transferred to Texas State University System

AUSTIN - Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced today intentions to transfer the Christmas Mountains to the Texas State University system. This would make the land an "outdoor classroom, open to all — including hunters — with conservation of the land guaranteed forever."

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Report | Environment Texas Research & Policy Center

America's Emerging Clean Energy Capital

In recent years, Houston has emerged as a nationwide leader in expanding its production and use of clean energy. The City of Houston has adopted strong, energy-saving building codes, ramped up purchases of clean, renewable energy, and begun laying the groundwork for widespread adoption of electric cars – all steps that have jump-started the area’s transition toward a clean energy economy.

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Report | Environment Texas Research & Policy Center

What Else is Swimming in Your Favorite Texas Swimming Hole?

Pollution continues to plague many Texas waterways, putting the health of Texans at risk. An investigation by Environment Texas’ Research and Policy Center found that some popular Texas freshwater swimming spots exceeded state or federal health standards at least once in 2010. Furthermore, our research found that the state of Texas’s health standards, testing systems, and public notification protocols are inadequate to properly protect human health, while polluted swimming holes often go unreported to the public, who may continue to swim in unsafe waters.

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