News Release | Environment Texas

Texas House backs green solutions to water problems

AUSTIN — The Texas House gave final approval today to legislation to fund rain gardens, green roofs, constructed wetlands and other “nature-based” strategies for reducing water pollution, flooding and impacts of drought. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has pledged to dedicate up to $4.5 million per year for the new Water Resource Protection Program.

News Release | Environment America

Report: Pricing carbon key to taking on climate change

BOSTON -- Last month, President Joe Biden released a massive infrastructure spending plan designed to build a cleaner and healthier America. This week, on Earth Day, the president is hosting world leaders for a global climate summit, and is discussing ways in which the U.S. will meet its goals under the Paris climate accords. According to a new report, putting a price on carbon can be key to the success of both. In Carbon Pricing 101: Strategies for putting a price on global warming pollution, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group recommend that the federal government and U.S. states pursue carbon pricing programs, along with other policies, to cut pollution, as the best way to achieve the emissions reductions necessary to stave off the worst of global warming.

News Release | Environment America

Environment America joins 50 organizations calling on President Biden to protect the Tongass National Forest

Environment America joined national and local conservation groups, commercial fishing interests, and the outdoor recreation industry to submit a letter on Tuesday March 30,  to the Biden administration calling for carbon-dense forests, including the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, to be specifically protected in the United States’ Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

News Release | Environment Texas

New report: Electrifying Texas buildings would reduce pollution equal to 3.9 million cars

AUSTIN -- Texas ranks #3 in the nation for potential reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and #6 for  potential reduction of gas usage as a result of building electrification, according to a new report released today by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, TexPIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group. The study, Electric Buildings: Repowering Homes and Businesses for Our Health and Environment, found that completely repowering Texas’s homes and businesses with electricity by 2050 would result in result in emissions reductions of 18.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide -- equal to taking 3.9 million cars off of the road -- and reduce pipeline gas usage by 378.4 billion cubic feet. Going all-electric in our state’s buildings would help cut emissions, improve public health and protect the planet, the report concluded.

News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas statement on appointment of Will McAdams to Public Utility Commission of Texas

"His experience suggests he understands the electric industry. The question is, will he stand up to the industry and vigorously work to protect consumers and the environment?" 

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