The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s top energy analyst thinks coal helped end slavery. It didn’t, but the argument says a lot about the state’s discourse.
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This week’s WTF Friday, our look at the dialectical excellence of Texas politics, focuses on Rick Perry, Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz, but also has gifs, which helps.
If the conservative green energy movement is out to swap oil and coal for gas and nuclear, it could be seen as another variation of business as usual.
Naomi Klein has written a brave book that not only confronts the calamity of climate destabilization, but also examines the crisis’ deep roots in the perverse logic of capitalism and the dehumanizing values underpinning “extractivist” energy and technology.
In which George P. Bush suggests he might be concerned about climate change, then runs from it, in less than a week.
For connoisseurs of WTF—I’m looking at you trolls—there is but one ur-text, the guiding document by which all others emanate from, and are compared to. And though it is based on immutable laws of nature and God, it is nevertheless a living document too, revised every couple years by a gathering of wise men and women, who puzzle and debate over the text with the passion and intensity of a gathering of Talmudic scholars. I am of course referring to the Texas Republican Party platform.
Although the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants goes to great lengths to describe the flexibility and generous timeline granted to the states, Texas industry and political leaders are unlikely to play nice. When it comes to the Obama EPA and Texas, nothing is easy.
The National Climate Assessment finds that Texas is getting hotter and drier, putting more stress on water resources, farmers and ecosystems. Meanwhile, the state’s environmental agency worries about the “environmental impact of the war on coal.”
The NBC affiliate in Tyler, KETK, ran a preposterously misleading global warming rant… Plagiarized from a British newspaper.
Despite the occasional cold snap, average temperatures across Texas are going up.