The consequences: severe drought, increased wildfires and more

Global warming is the one of the most profound threats of our time — and we’re already starting to feel the effects.

Last year, Texas suffered from the worst heat, drought and wildfires in history.

Extreme weather could become “the new normal” as global warming wreaks havoc on our climate. Read our report, Global Warming and Extreme Weather, to learn more.

These dangers are cause for immediate action. But political posturing, partisan gridlock and the influence of powerful polluters has paralyzed Congress from taking action. 

Global Warming Solutions

Texas is ranked first in the nation for emissions of the pollution which causes global warming. If Texas were a nation, we’d be ranked 7th in the world.  However, thanks in large part to the growth of wind power in Texas, global warming pollution dropped 7.9% between 2000 and 2009. And we have the potential to go even further. In 2011, we unveiled a study showing that states can cut global warming pollution 20% by 2020 through clean energy and transportation policies.

Read our report, The Way Forward on Global Warming, to learn more.

Cleaning up Cars and Power Plants

In November, the Obama administration officially proposed new clean car standards that represent the biggest step the U.S. has ever taken to get off oil and tackle global warming. The standards would require cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025 to meet a fleet-wide average fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

By 2030 the proposed standards would reduce annual global warming pollution by 280 million metric tons, roughly equivalent to shutting down 70 coal fired power plants for one year. 

In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering adopting new standards to cut pollution from power plants. 

 


Global Warming Updates

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Clean Energy Is Cutting Carbon Pollution in Texas

AUSTIN – As public concern about extreme weather ramps up, Texas is proving that we can win the fight against global warming. Clean energy policies, such as Texas’ renewable electricity standard, are significantly cutting emissions of carbon pollution – the leading cause of global warming – according to a new report by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. The report, “Moving America Forward,” showed that Texas’ clean energy policies reduced carbon pollution by at least 18.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2012. That is comparable to the annual emissions from over 3.7 million cars.

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Moving America Forward

American leadership in the fight against global warming is crucial. America is the world’s largest economy, the second-largest emitter of global warming pollution, and the nation responsible for more of the human-caused carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere than any other. Without prompt action by the United States and others to reduce global warming pollution, catastrophic impacts – from coastal flooding to food system disruptions – could become unavoidable.

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Austin Joins Nationwide Vigils Against Keystone XL | Rachel Stone

Yesterday, Environment Texas held a vigil outside of the Pickle Federal Building attended by over 50 members and volunteer activists standing against the Keystone XL. Globally, we joined over 10,000 people in 283 locations, in 49 states (plus DC and  Canada), calling on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Weekend Flooding Consistent with Scientific Predictions for Global Warming

AUSTIN— A massive downpour in Austin this weekend that led to significant flooding and cancellation of the Austin City Limits festival is consistent with scientific predictions of global warming, said Austin non-profit Environment Texas. The group pointed to their 2012 report confirming that extreme rainstorms are happening 29 percent more frequently in Texas since 1948.

“As the old saying goes, when it rains, it pours. Global warming is creating a new boom and bust cycle, with severe drought interrupted by heavier extreme rainstorms,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “We need to heed scientists’ warnings that this dangerous trend is linked to global warming, and do everything we can to cut carbon pollution today.”

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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Texas Power Plants Pollute as much as 45.9 Million Cars

AUSTIN – Amid Texas’ devastating statewide drought, a new report from Environment Texas Research & Policy Center finds that Texas ranks number one in the country for most carbon pollution from its power plants, the state’s largest single source of global warming pollution. Scientists predict that extreme weather events, like droughts, will become more frequent and severe for future generations, unless we cut the dangerous carbon pollution fueling the problem. 

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