Tens of Thousands in LA and TX Devastated — Battling COVID In Record Heat Without Power or Water click button

Tens of Thousands in LA and TX Devastated — Battling COVID In Record Heat Without Power or Water

The COVID pandemic makes much more challenging all the issues surrounding the evacuation, response, and rebuilding of the areas of Louisiana and Texas hit hard by Hurricane Laura.  As National Public Radio explains, many families are now essentially homeless because their houses were ruined by the storm and they lack running water and electricity.

Why This Matters:  67,000 people have already registered for Federal disaster assistance but it will not get better any time soon for those hit hardest by the storm.

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Hurricane Katrina Caused 500 Oil Spills, Could Laura Inflict Similar Damage?

Hurricane Katrina Caused 500 Oil Spills, Could Laura Inflict Similar Damage?

In the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, more than 400 pipelines and 100 drilling platforms were damaged by the storms and 540 separate oil spills were reported in Louisiana waters. As NOLA.com reported, Nine days after the storm, oil could still be seen leaking from toppled storage tanks, broken pipelines and sunken boats between […]

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Could a Growing Green Economy Turn Texas Blue?

Could a Growing Green Economy Turn Texas Blue?

As Hurricane Laura pounds Texas with winds over a hundred miles an hour, looking ahead to the future of wind power in the state is more than a little ironic. From a climate perspective, the rapid expansion of low-carbon energy resources in Texas couldn’t come soon enough. 

Why This Matters: Texas has dominated the U.S. crude oil and natural gas industry since the early 20th century and remains the leading producer of these fossil fuel resources.

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Laura? Houston and the USG Say the “Ike Dike” click button

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Laura? Houston and the USG Say the “Ike Dike”

Twelve years after Hurricane Ike tore up the Texas coastline around Galveston, and three years after Hurricane Harvey stalled over Houston and filled the city with floodwater, the federal government and the state have a proposal to deal with future hurricanes — but it will cost $32b and is still in the planning phase

Why This Matters:  There may be a cheaper and more effective solution than the Ike Dike, which is to build a series of barrier islands using the silt dredged out of Houston Harbor.

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Unprecedented: Two Major Storms In Succession Will Pound Gulf Coast

Unprecedented: Two Major Storms In Succession Will Pound Gulf Coast

An unprecedented “double whammy “of hurricanes is bearing down on the Gulf Coast — the first storm to reach the U.S. will be Marco, that became a hurricane yesterday afternoon and it is forecast to reach Louisiana by Monday late afternoon. 

Why This Matters:  As many news outlets reported, “There has never been anything we’ve seen like this before, where you can have possibly two hurricanes hitting within miles of each over a 48-hour period,”

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Environmental INJustice: Many TX Companies Don’t Monitor Chemical Leaks During Pandemic

Environmental INJustice: Many TX Companies Don’t Monitor Chemical Leaks During Pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Houston Chronicle reported on Friday that the state of Texas has waived all monitoring and reporting requirements for oil and chemical companies because the companies claim they do not have the staff to conduct tests or file reports. 

Why This Matters:  The state only denied 10 of 140 requests for regulatory relief.

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