Report | Environment Texas

San Antonio businesses back climate plan

We, the undersigned local businesses, write to express our support for the adoption of a bold, ambitious Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) for the City of San Antonio.

Electric cars at the Houston Auto Show

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people attended the Houston Auto Show to see the latest that the automakers have to offer. While the main focus of this year’s auto show was still traditional gas-burning vehicles, attendees were able to test drive plug-in electric models like the 2019 Bolt EV, the Honda Clarity plug-in hybrid, and Nissan’s LEAF. Debuting for the first time were Audi’s e-tron, BMW’s i8 electric convertible, and the Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid. Hyundai’s Kona EV, Jaguar’s all-electric I-PACE and the Range Rover plug-in hybrid were also on display. These cleaner, electric, zero-emission vehicles are the future of transportation; that is they must be if we hope to have a livable climate. 

Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Climate Solutions from Day One

Governors have extensive power to reduce carbon pollution and put their states on a path to clean energy – often with just a stroke of the pen. Over the last decade, governors have adopted sweeping emission reduction goals, accelerated the transition to clean energy, forged regional agreements to tackle climate change, and appointed leaders of state agencies empowered to implement policies to reduce pollution in buildings, at electric utilities, in transportation and throughout the economy.

Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Letter from climate scientists to Gov. Abbott

At a press conference last month to discuss a new report on the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, a reporter asked you whether man-made climate change has played a role in Texas' weather disasters. You replied that it would be impossible for you to say, as you are not a scientist.  We, the undersigned, are climate scientists and experts, and can report to you that climate change is happening, it is primarily caused by humans, and it is having a devastating impact on Texas, including increasing deadly flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey.  

Electric vehicles are making Texas healthier and cleaner

By | Emma Pabst
Global Warming Solutions Advocate

In his recent article, Electric vehicle subsidies don’t help the environment, author Drew Johnson cherry-picks statistics to denigrate electric vehicles (EVs). To the contrary, EVs are already making Texas a healthier, cleaner place, and will continue to do so -- especially as more clean energy like solar and wind comes on to the electric grid.

News Release | Environment Texas

Trump Administration climate report predicts significant loss of life in Texas

AUSTIN - The just-released 2018 update to the National Climate Assessment, “NCA4 Vol. II,” offers more proof that Texas will face increasingly dire consequences if action isn’t taken to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions.

“We used to say that climate change would impact our kids and grandkids, but we are experiencing worsening, terrible impacts now,” said Luke Metzger, Executive Director of Environment Texas. “From some of the most destructive and tragic wildfires on record out in California to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey here in Texas, this report documents that such disasters will be the new normal if we don’t take immediate action to cut global warming pollution.”

Report | Environment Texas

Protest of oil drilling at Choke canyon Reservoir

The Center for Biological Diversity, Clean Water Action, Environment Texas, and Sierra Club hereby file this protest of Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed December 5-6, 2018 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale, and Environmental Assessment (EA) DOI-BLM-NM040-2018-0060-EA, pursuant to 43 C.F.R. § 3120.1-3. We formally protest the inclusion of each of the following parcels, including approximately 4,200 acres underlying Choke Canyon Reservoir in McMullen and Live Oak counties in Texas, and over 400 acres in Oklahoma’s Alfalfa, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, and Woods counties.

Electric scooters are good for the environment

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

Yesterday, we joined with AURA, Bike Austin, CNU Central Texas, Vision Zero ATX, Walk Austin, and TexPIRG to send the following letter to the Austin City Council urging the city to increase protected bike/scooter lanes to meet the high demand, and decrease conflicts between street users.

Prop J is bad news for climate change

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

We have 12 years to stop global warming, so we can’t afford to wait three years for action

Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Plugging In

The adoption of large numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) offers many benefits for cities, including cleaner air and the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Electric vehicles are far cleaner than gasoline-powered cars, with lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower emissions of the pollutants that contribute to smog and particulate matter. The number of EVs on America’s streets is at an all-time high. Throughout 2016, sales of plug-in electric vehicles increased nearly 38 percent. [2] In 2017, sales of electric vehicles were up again, increasing 32 percent over the year. The introduction of the Chevy Bolt, Tesla’s Model 3 and other affordable, long-range electric vehicles suggests that growth in EV sales is just beginning. In fact, Chevrolet’s Bolt EV was named Motor Trend’s 2017 Car of the Year.

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