Harold Simmons’ West Texas radioactive waste empire got a boost today after the Texas Senate passed legislation allowing Waste Control Specialists to accept “hotter” radioactive waste at its dump. The final vote was 24-7. Waste Control, a Simmons-controlled company, operates a growing radioactive waste dump green-lighted by the Legislature in 2003.
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Texas’ tax system is one of the most regressive in the country, meaning it falls especially hard on the poor.
The question of whether Texas—which continues to grow in political and economic stature—is a model for emulation or mockery remains.
Texas’ successful wind industry could be undercut under legislation filed today by freshman Rep. Scott Sanford, a Republican from McKinney.
Sanford’s bill would effectively eliminate Texas’ wind energy standards.
nce, not long ago, it seemed that coal would conquer Texas. Just a few years ago, out-of-state developers and home-grown utilities, including TXU and NRG Energy, were clawing over each other to build new coal-fired power plants. Thanks to high natural gas prices and Texas’ deregulated power market, some of these companies were going to make a mint and turn Texas into the Coal Star State.
Now, many of the proposed plants have been unceremoniously scrapped.
A parade of oil and gas industry representatives told legislators today that they are hard at work on reducing the amount of freshwater used in fracking. This is the Texas Legislature, which is enormously deferential to the industry, so the joint hearing of two House committees had the air of a casual fact-finding mission mixed with lots of oil-and-gas boosterism.
Like the sound of a golden-cheeked warbler (ter-wih-zeee-e-e-e, chy), something rare was heard today at the Capitol: the science of climate change. Or more specifically, the intersection of global warming and drought.
Solar is just a tiny sliver—less than 1 percent—of Texas’ electricity mix.
Yet, the economics are becoming increasingly favorable for solar to take off in a big way. The question is probably when, not if. And a recent analysis by ERCOT has some very rosy projections for the future of the solar industry in Texas. (And some very sour news for nuclear, coal and maybe even natural gas.)
As the national debate over gun control rages, Texas’s leaders have identified that against which we must all be most vigilant: An excess of… […]
In 2010, in his anti-government screed Fed Up!, Rick Perry speculated that the planet was “experiencing a cooling trend.” It was a ridiculous, nihilistically […]