Texas


Oil extraction in a cotton field, Andrews, TX. Photo: Wikimedia

Texas Is the Best. And Worst. #1 in Both Wind Energy and Carbon Pollution.

, director, Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University

I live in West Texas, and some of the stereotypes are true. There are more SUVs and trucks here than you can shake a stick at. Oil wells are more common than trees. And if you ask people here if humans are changing the climate, most would say no. Read more >

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Solar Power Plants are the Future of Texas Power. Every Time.

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Something unprecedented just happened on the renewable energy front in Texas that is likely to reverberate in energy markets across the country. Read more >

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Can Republican Politicians Change Their Tune on Climate and Energy?

, former science communication officer

When former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) ran for president in 2011, he flatly rejected climate science and even claimed that scientists had manipulated climate data. But last week, in response to a question about climate and energy issues at the Conservative Political Action Conference, he touted his environmental record, instead. Read more >

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How Much Did Sea Levels Rise Over the Past 50 Years? A Lot If You Live on the U.S. Gulf or East Coasts

, , senior climate scientist

Sea levels are rising so fast along the U.S. East and Gulf coasts that some places have seen a greater increase in the last 50 years than the global average over the past 130 years. Read more >

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Severe Texas Drought Exposed in “Years of Living Dangerously”

, , senior climate scientist

Don Cheadle talks with a displaced meat-packing plant worker, Nelly Montez, about the punishing multi-year drought in Texas that drastically reduced the cattle herd in the first episode of Years of Living Dangerously, which aired April 13 and can be viewed online. A USDA spreadsheet on cattle losses, or a map of the most severe period during the recent drought in Texas, do not do justice in conveying the stories of people demonstrating courage in the face of mighty external forces. This episode has several surprising stories that I will not soon forget.

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