Refineries Belch Tons of Pollution During Texas Blackout click button

Refineries Belch Tons of Pollution During Texas Blackout

Despite over four million Texans losing power during the recent deep freeze, oil refineries released an increased amount of pollution into the air. In a state that leads the nation in both power production and carbon emissions, experts say that failure to winterize power infrastructure resulted in harmful releases of toxic air pollution. 

Why This Matters: Texas is the nation’s leading power producer, and to achieve this, the state has heavily deregulated not only its power grid but the fossil fuel industry as well.

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Biden Administration Highlights Climate Change In Texas Freeze Response

Biden Administration Highlights Climate Change In Texas Freeze Response

The Texas freeze and subsequent blackouts have given the Biden administration the chance to show the country how it will handle natural disasters, and they’ve already done one thing much differently than the Trump administration: acknowledged the role of climate change. And now, due to surge pricing, Texans are facing utility bills in the thousands of dollars for what little heat they got.

Why This Matters: The Biden administration wasted no time declaring an emergency and stating it would review preparation for future storms.

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How Texas’ Entire Power Grid Crumbled Under 3 Inches of Snow

How Texas’ Entire Power Grid Crumbled Under 3 Inches of Snow

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer How was one of the largest power grids in the country, in the nation’s leading power-producing state, brought to its knees this week? Below zero temperatures literally froze mechanisms of energy generation and skyrocketing power demand leading to a power supply shortage that forced 4.2 million Texans to survive the record cold without […]

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Texas Governor Signs Retaliatory Order In Response to Biden Climate Action

Texas Governor Signs Retaliatory Order In Response to Biden Climate Action

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed his own executive order last Thursday in response to President Joe Biden’s executive orders on climate change aimed at transitioning the U.S. away from fossil fuel use and toward a clean energy economy, pause drilling on federal lands, and targeting federal fossil fuel subsidies. […]

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Wind Power Blows Coal Away in Texas

Wind Power Blows Coal Away in Texas

Wind power has overtaken coal as a proportion of Texas’s power for the first time and promises to continue growing. In 2020, wind power made up almost a quarter of Texas’s total power, compared to just 18% from coal.

Why This Matters: Texas is the nation’s largest producer of both wind energy and fossil fuel energy.

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One Cool Thing: Largest Animal (and People) Crossing in the U.S. Opens In Texas click button

One Cool Thing: Largest Animal (and People) Crossing in the U.S. Opens In Texas

Highways connect people, but they often create barriers separating wildlife from key habitat areas and other animals.  There is a growing movement to create wildlife “corridors” across man-made obstacles and last week the largest one (so far) in the U.S. opened in San Antonio, Texas.  The Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge connects San Antonio’s Phil […]

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