SpaceX Launch Damages Nearby Ecosystems

SpaceX Launch Damages Nearby Ecosystems

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer While going to space has been one big step for mankind, it could also be one big step backward for the environment. Tesla’s SpaceX Starship launched earlier this year, which triggered a fireball to explode on the launchpad. This explosion shot debris across the Boca Chica tract of the […]

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One Cool Thing: Deep-sea Paradise

One Cool Thing: Deep-sea Paradise

Off the coast of Texas, deep in the Gulf of Mexico, is a hidden wonder and one of the last of its kind. The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is home to some of the healthiest remaining coral reefs on the planet, along with underwater mountains known as salt domes and hundreds of species, including whales, sea turtles, mollusks, crustaceans, birds, […]

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Grid Operators Urge Residents to Conserve Power Ahead of Major Heatwave

Grid Operators Urge Residents to Conserve Power Ahead of Major Heatwave

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A record-setting heatwave is brewing across much of the West, threatening to worsen the already dire drought conditions and push electric grids to the brink. California’s power grid operator is urging residents to conserve power in response to the heatwave. The California Independent System Operator is trying to avoid implementing […]

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20-Year Texas Oil Subsidy Quietly Dies as Legislative Session Ends

20-Year Texas Oil Subsidy Quietly Dies as Legislative Session Ends

A 20-year-old tax break for oil and gas companies in Texas quietly met its end last Thursday. In the previous two decades, a provision of the Texas code known as “Chapter 313” has provided $10 billion in property tax relief to corporations in Texas, primarily petrochemical firms.

Why This Matters: Texas has long been a “safe space” for the oil industry. Experts say that the fact that the program quietly died is a sign of changing attitudes around fossil fuels and climate change.

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Advocates Urge Texas Land Commissioner to Reroute Hurricane Harvey Relief

Advocates Urge Texas Land Commissioner to Reroute Hurricane Harvey Relief

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer More than three years after Hurricane Harvey, officials are still clashing over how to disperse aid. In the first $1 billion round of support, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush made some questionable calculations, leaving the hardest-hit communities in its most populous city without a penny in federal aid according to the […]

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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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