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U.S. Conference of Mayors Calls for Dramatic Improvements in Energy Efficiency of Buildings

This week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) unanimously voted for a resolution endorsing a 30% increase in the energy efficiency of new residential buildings and calling for a dramatic improvement of the model energy building codes that guide local and state building codes. 

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New Report: Texas Achieving Impressive Results in the Fight Against Global Warming

Environment Texas joined with Environment America to release a new report, Global Warming Solutions that Work, which details more than 20 examples of cutting-edge policies and practices that communities are using to reduce global warming pollution, from solar power in Israel to rooftop gardens in the South Bronx. The report also profiles positive actions taken by the cities of Dallas and Austin and the state of Texas, which has become a leader in wind power.

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CPS Energy Joins with Exxon, Coal Interests in Limiting Wind Energy Plan

A new video released today by an environmental advocacy group documents that San Antonio utility CPS Energy is aligned with Exxon, coal companies and other big polluters to actively fight efforts to build an extensive network of transmission lines to link wind farms to Texas homes.

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New Rules on Environmental Reviews and Fishing Could Help Gulf of Mexico and Fish Rebound

Houston, Texas— Federal data show that in 2007 nearly three out of ten Gulf of Mexico fish species for which there is adequate information were overfished or were caught faster than they can reproduce, a condition known as overfishing. For 67 percent (36 out of 54) of the species in the Gulf that the federal government oversees there is not enough information to know whether the populations are healthy or not, according to a report released by Environment Texas today.

“With depleted numbers of red snapper and great amberjack, declining loggerhead sea turtle populations, and an annual dead zone, the Gulf of Mexico is in trouble,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “It’s very troubling that almost thirty percent of the Gulf’s fish species are overfished. But even worse news is that we only know how healthy a third of our fish are at best. We are fishing blind on the other two thirds.”

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Environment Texas Report: Large-Scale Solar Power Plants Could Power Nation, Combat Global Warming and Create Thousands of Jobs

Texas could generate as much as 148,000 megawatts of electricity or more than twice our current use from solar power plants; according to a report released today, “On the Rise: Solar Thermal Power and the Fight Against Global Warming” by Environment Texas. These solar thermal power plants covering an area of 30 x 30-mile area in west Texas, could power the entire state; while slashing global warming emissions.  Because solar thermal energy storage allows electric generating capacity even when the sun is not shining, it can replace traditional energy sources like coal, natural gas and nuclear power.