Can Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar oversee objective scientific research into rare species? Or is he rigging the process to keep them off the endangered list, as his critics charge?
Lars Letaru From the looks of them, it’s hard to imagine that the smooth pimpleback, the Texas fawnsfoot or the Texas fatmucket could threaten the Texas economy. Found at the bottom of rivers, these inconspicuous bivalves measure only a few … Read More
The industry is the top funding source for lawmakers’ campaigns, according to a recent report from Texans for Public Justice.
A nearly decade-long battle between environmentalists and the oil and gas industry to reform Texas’ energy regulatory agency came to a close last week — and the industry won. Environmental advocates say the Lege caved to industry pressure, demonstrating the power of the oil and gas lobby in Texas. Read More
A vote was called on Pension Review Board nominee Josh McGee when Senator Royce West, the deciding vote, was not present.
Last month, Texas’ Democratic senators thought they had a plan to block Josh McGee’s confirmation to the state Pension Review Board. McGee was appointed to the board by Governor Greg Abbott in 2015 and his term, which expires in 2021, … Read More
Representative Valoree Swanson claimed climate researchers “have faked the results” on temperature data while making a case for her bill.
Representative Valoree Swanson, R-Spring, is making a case for why her bill protecting the “academic freedom” of public school teachers wouldn’t amount to an unconstitutional teaching of religion in classrooms. House Bill 1485 would “free our teachers to where they … Read More
Senator Borris Miles’ bill requires concrete crushing facilities to be located at least 440 yards away from parks and playgrounds.
Concrete crushing plants, which recycle concrete from demolished roads and buildings, can emit plumes of fine dust, worsening nearby residents’ asthma and other respiratory illnesses. On Tuesday, a Senate committee considered proposed legislation that aims to protect Texans, particularly communities … Read More
Representative Joe Pickett wants to stop collecting fees from Texans to improve air quality and spend the $1.27 billion sitting unused in the TERP fund.
Texas collects millions of dollars every year from residents to improve air quality, but almost never spends it all. Instead, the Legislature hoards the money through an accounting gimmick and uses it to balance the budget. A Texas lawmaker laid … Read More
The Legislature uses an accounting trick to hoard money in the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan fund rather than appropriating it for clean air projects.
The Legislature uses an accounting trick to hoard money in the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan fund rather than appropriating it for clean air projects. Read More
In 2015, the Texas Legislature shifted the burden of proof in opposing permits from the company to the public.
In 2015, the Texas Legislature shifted the burden of proof in opposing permits from the company to the public. Read More
Judge Janis Graham Jack wrote that the injunction was in part to prevent a “bureaucratic steamroller effect.”
Judge Janis Graham Jack wrote that the injunction was in part to prevent a “bureaucratic steamroller effect.” Read More
It’s no secret that Austin has some of the worst traffic in the nation. But a fix might be at hand with Proposition 1, a new $720 million bond initiative to improve the city’s transportation infrastructure. The initiative, which will lead to a $5 per month increase in taxes for residents who own a $250,000 home (more, if your house is worth more) that will help the city build roads, expand bike lanes, install smart traffic lights and construct sidewalks. The plan already has the approval of the city’s major local newspapers and biking and public transportation proponents, but this week one more group endorsed the bond: Environment Texas. It’s not difficult to see why environmental groups might support a transportation bond that provides more opportunities for Austinites to use public transportation, bike or walk. Nationally, vehicles are the top source of carbon dioxide emissions and in Texas transportation is responsible for 31 percent of the the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. Diversifying transportation modes and reducing our reliance on gas-guzzling cars are a key strategy to cut down on carbon pollution and keep the planet from warming further. Environment Texas director Luke Metzger applauded the mobility bond’s holistic approach to solving Austin’s congestion woes, calling it a “historic investment in enabling people to walk and bike safely and get our buses moving more quickly.” “Bad decisions we make today about our transportation infrastructure could lock in pollution for decades,” he said in a press statement. “That’s why we must quickly pivot to new priorities. We need a clean transportation revolution, with clean and accessible mobility options for every resident of Texas.” You can read Environment Texas’ support for Prop 1 in full here. The group also has a new report out detailing policy recommendations for shifting to a carbon-free (including cars) transportation system.