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

HOUSTON - 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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Environment Texas Calls for Supporters to Postpone Earth Day Celebrations

This Earth Day, America has a real opportunity to harness the power of clean energy to transform our economy and protect the earth, according to Environment Texas.  The group is calling on clean energy supporters around the country to postpone their Earth Day celebrations for five minutes today and first ask their member of Congress to rebuild the economy with clean energy and stop global warming.

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Senate Approves Major Solar Bill

Today, with a vote of 26 to 4, the Texas Senate approved legislation to create a statewide solar rebate program to make it easier for homeowners and businesses to install solar panels. SB 545 by Sen. Troy Fraser would create a half-billion dollar fund to pay for up to one-third the cost of installation of solar technologies. Combined with federal tax credits of 30%, the bill would put solar within reach for thousands of Texas families and could lead to the installation of up to 1000 megawatts of solar within ten years.

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Groups Announce TV Ad Campaign to Build Support for Solar Power in Legislature

Three leading Texas environmental organizations announced a new television advertising campaign today aimed at getting the Texas Legislature to support measures to make Texas a world solar leader. The commercials will run for a week in the Abilene, Dallas/Fort Worth, Tyler/Longview, and Wichita Falls viewing areas and call on the Legislature to support incentives to install solar panels on the equivalent of a half-million Texas rooftops by 2020.

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New Report: Global Warming Will Cost $37 Million for Texas Corn

Global warming could cost corn growers in Texas $37 million a year, according to a new report by Environment Texas. Texas ranks 11th for highest damage estimates. Nationwide the damages to America’s #1 crop total more than $1.4 billion annually. Environment Texas expects these costs to go up unless Congress and the President take decisive action to repower America with clean energy and reduce global warming pollution.