News Release | Environment Texas

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.

News Release | Environment Texas

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.

News Release | Environment Texas

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.

News Release | Environment Texas

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.”

Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Our Health At Risk

Despite decades of progress under the Clean Air Act, Americans across the country continue to breathe unhealthy air, leading to increased risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

News Release | Environment Texas

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.

News Release

DART Rail Saves Energy and Protects the Environment

With the Gulf oil leak reminding Americans of devastating consequences of oil dependence, Environment Texas released On the Right Track: The DART Rail Systema new report that examining the oil savings benefits of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system (DART) rail system. The analysis finds that the DART rail saves area travelers about 8.8 million gallons of gasoline - the same amount of fuel consumed by more than 15,000 cars annually.

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