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Tax Bill Threatens America’s Environment

Today, the House of Representatives is voting on a tax bill that would open America’s unspoiled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and maintain billions in tax breaks for fossil fuel producers. 

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Austin environmental leaders call for bold change in CodeNEXT to stop sprawl and protect the environment

A group of prominent local environmental advocates is calling upon Austin’s leaders to adopt a CodeNEXT that promotes the compact and connected development necessary to stop sprawl, reduce car-dependency and protect Austin’s environment as the city continues to grow. “Austin’s current Land Development Code actively encourages low-density, sprawling development that consumes more energy, water and land than compact urban development, while also generating more greenhouse gas emissions,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “There is no environmental case to be made for sprawl.”

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Luminant to close two more coal plants

AUSTIN - Just a week after announcing closure of its Monticello coal-fired power planting, Texas electric generator Luminant announced today planned closures of its Big Brown and Sandow coal plants, as well as their Three Oaks coal mine. Those plants have a combined electric capacity of 2,300 megawatts. According to Environment Texas Research and Policy Center's 2013 report America's Dirtiest Power Plants, the Big Brown power plant ranked as the 61st most polluting plant in the U.S., putting out 8.6 million metric tons of carbon emissions, equal to the pollution of 1.79 million cars. 

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Texas Celebrates 5 Years of Cleaner Cars While Trump Administration Attacks Program

AUSTIN – With the help of a fiddler, balloons, cake, and electric cars, Texas elected officials and community leaders will say “Happy 5th birthday, Clean Car Standards!” on Thursday, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Obama Administration’s Clean Car Standards. These standards aren’t just good for the environment, they’re good for the economy as well: Texas has saved $3 billion since automakers, federal and state governments and other stakeholders agreed upon the rules on October 15, 2012.

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Trump administration announces repeal of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

AUSTIN – Today, the Trump administration announced that it plans to repeal the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, our best climate program to limit carbon pollution from dirty power plants. 

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One of Texas' dirtiest power plants to close

AUSTIN - Citing the poor economics of coal, Texas electric generator Luminant announced this morning plans to retire its 1800 MW Monticello coal burning power plant in January. The forty year old Monticello plant, at peak production one of Texas’ most polluting power plants, had run intermittently in recent years as the plant became less competitive with cleaner generation on the Texas electric grid.

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Hotter Summers Coming to Austin

AUSTIN – Environment Texas marked the first day of summer by urging leaders at all levels of government to tackle climate change. According to scientists at Climate Central, global warming pollution will fuel even hotter summers in the future. Temperatures in Texas are already 2.1 degrees hotter now, on average, than in the 1970s. Without action to eliminate global warming pollution, summer temperatures here in Austincould rise by 9.5 degrees by the end of the century. That would make summer days in Austin feel more like they do now in Arizona.

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President Trump to pull out of Paris Climate Accord

President Trump has got it exactly backwards: there’s no sound economy in our future without a healthy planet.  If national leadership chooses to ignore that reality, then local governments, businesses and institutions must step in to fill the leadership void to show the world that Americans will do our part to address the climate crisis.

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Electric car rebates bright spot in gloomy legislative session for environment

AUSTIN – Restoration of a rebate program to help Texans buy electric cars was a rare bright spot amid what was otherwise a bad session of the Texas Legislature for the environment, said Environment Texas. “This was a pretty lousy session for the environment,” said Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger. “The Legislature further weakened local and citizen rights to fight pollution, a win for the big polluters who fund their campaigns, but a clear loss for public health and the environment.”

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Trump to sign order rolling back Clean Power Plan

“Calling climate change a ‘hoax’ won’t stop temperatures or sea level from rising. We can tackle the climate crisis by investing in science and clean, renewable energy, but only if we move boldly and quickly. Defunding science, undercutting clean energy, and doubling down on fossil fuels is sheer reckless folly.” Luke Metzger, Director, Environment Texas.

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