News Release | Environment Texas

12 years later, BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster still reverberates

AUSTIN, Texas – BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded nearly 12 years ago on April 20, 2010. The largest oil spill in American history, the disaster ultimately poured 4 million barrels – or 168  million gallons – of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, killing sea turtlesbirds, a record number of dolphins and more. The damage endured, as wildlife populations crashed in the years following the disaster. 

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Biden restores robust public and environmental review for infrastructure projects

The Biden administration announced on Tuesday stronger public and environmental review requirements under a bedrock environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The move reversed a rollback by the Trump administration of the requirements, which had limited public review of federal infrastructure projects in an effort to shove through the permitting of new freeways, fossil fuel power plants and pipelines.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

New report recommends cities look beyond renewable energy credits to meet climate goals

Renewable energy credits (RECs), commonly used to help cities, counties, businesses and institutions meet their commitments to adopt renewable energy, have played a critical role in making renewable energy more affordable and economical, spurring the growth of wind and solar energy. But a new white paper released Monday from Environment Texas Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group argues that while REC purchases on open markets can be an important piece of local governments’ efforts to reduce emissions and increase sustainability, they are unlikely to be sufficient in and of themselves to support the transition to 100% renewable electricity.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: New IPCC climate solutions report calls for an end to fossil fuels

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released on Monday a new report on climate solutions and mitigation.