One Cool Thing: The Largest Solar Energy Project in the U.S.

One Cool Thing: The Largest Solar Energy Project in the U.S.

Chicago-based Invenergy announced this week that it will construct at a site in northeastern Texas a $1.6 billion project that will provide 1,310-megawatts of solar energy by 2023.  The project is likely to create approximately 600 jobs during the construction, as well as bring in more than $250 million in landowner payments and $200 million in […]

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Houston Suburb Under Boil Water Order After Tragic Death of Young Boy

Houston Suburb Under Boil Water Order After Tragic Death of Young Boy

Lake Jackson, Texas, a city in the greater Houston area, is “purg[ing] its water system for 60 days” after a brain-eating amoeba killed a 6-year old boy, NBC News reported. The city is currently under a boil-water notice, and officials have announced that it could take as long as 3 months to make the water safe. 

Why This Matters: There is little data on the risk of this amoeba, says the CDC.  More information is needed on how “a standard might be set to protect human health and how public health officials would measure and enforce such a standard.”

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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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