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Report: 40,000 electric cars could be on San Antonio roads by 2030

SAN ANTONIO With an estimated 40,000 electric vehicles (EVs) hitting San Antonio streets by 2030, a new study by Environment Texas, TexPIRG and Frontier Group notes the Alamo City could need 1,340 new charging stations to make sure these new EVs have enough places to park and recharge. The groups pointed to funds available from the VW settlement and the Legislature as great opportunities to help fund new electric charging infrastructure and electric buses. 

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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.

Compact, connected and green

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

Sprawl is a well-known enemy of the environment. Sadly, Austin’s current Land Development Code encourages — and in many cases requires — this type of land gobbling, water and energy consuming development that generates more and longer car trips than compact urban areas and far more carbon emissions. There is no environmental case for accommodating Austin’s rapid population increase with more sprawling, car-dependent development.

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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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Growing Greener

Compact development can deliver tangible benefits for the environment – reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, curbing the flow of polluted runoff into streams and lakes, and protecting natural areas and agricultural lands. By adopting strong policies to mitigate the local impacts of greater density, such as green infrastructure to manage stormwater, Austin can develop in a way that will bring lasting environmental benefits.

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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.

If you asked me five years ago, a conference hosted by the energy industry is exactly where I’d go to hear the findings of climate change skeptics. The Gulf Coast Power Association is an energy group with a diverse list of members from Shell to SolarCity. At their fall conference in Austin earlier this month, Texas A&M climatologist John Neilsen-Gammon presented on Hurricane Harvey’s record-breaking rainfall. His big takeaway: It’s time to blame climate change. 

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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.