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EPA Joins the Ranks of the Scientific Community on Global Warming

“‘Duh’ may not be a scientific term, but it applies here.  Today, common sense prevailed over pressure from Big Oil and other big polluters to deny the obvious in order to maintain the status quo on energy.  EPA has embraced the basic facts on global warming that scientists around the world have acknowledged for years.  We applaud President Obama and EPA Administrator Jackson for putting science back in its rightful place at the forefront of environmental policy,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas.

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U.S. House Committee Poised to Begin Debate on Historic Energy Bill

U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey today introduced the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), comprehensive energy legislation that the committee will consider next week.

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Energy Efficient Buildings Could Save More than $500 Billion by 2030 and Cut Global Warming Emissions by a Third by 2050

A comprehensive plan to make our nation’s buildings more efficient by 2030 could save enough energy to power all of our nation’s cars, homes and businesses for a year and a half while saving Americans more than $500 billion, according to a new report by Environment Texas. By renovating old buildings and ensuring that new ones use 50 percent less energy within ten years and generate as much energy as they use by 2030, we can cut U.S. global warming emissions by at least 34 percent by 2050.

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Texas Senate Passes Renewable Energy Bill

Today, with a vote of 24 to 7, the Texas Senate approved CSSB 541 (Watson) which mandates the development of 1500 megawatts of clean renewable energy from sources such as solar, geothermal and biomass by 2020.

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Environmental Groups and Shell Oil Company Propose Landmark Settlement of Clean Air Act Lawsuit

Sierra Club and Environment Texas announced today that they have filed a proposed Consent Decree in federal court that would settle their Clean Air Act lawsuit against Shell Oil Company and two affiliates. If approved by U.S. District Judge David Hittner, the settlement would require dramatic air pollution reductions at Shell's Deer Park, Texas, refinery and chemical plant, extensive plant upgrades, enhanced monitoring of air emissions, and a record penalty for a citizen enforcement suit.

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