news & announcements
Opinion: To cripple Putin, we must transition to renewable energy
Houston Chronicle Op-Ed: Russia’s war with Ukraine is the most recent example of global bad actors manipulating fossil fuel supplies, sources and prices to drive political tensions. A just and clean energy transition can’t wait.Read More
Council approves new recycling standards for construction material
Austin Monitor: In a victory for environmentalists, City Council voted to approve an ordinance that sets limits on the amount of material from a construction or demolition site that can go to waste.
Protesters target Pier 1 over flame retardants in furniture
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Shortly after a protest at its downtown headquarters, Pier 1 publicly announced its commitment to removing flame retardant chemicals from furniture.
Victory: Pier 1 Eliminates Toxic Flame Retardants
We can’t count on corporate or government leaders to take protective action out of the blue. Sometimes they need a little push.
Media Release: Pier 1 Faces Demonstration Over Chemicals in Furniture
Advocacy organizations and consumers have become concerned with the flame retardant chemicals in their clothing, furniture, and electronics as it is becoming clear that they pose more harm than good.
Phasing out toxic flame retardants
The widespread use of toxic flame retardants is a perfect example of what happens when industry lobbyists get to decide our public policy. Don’t get mad – get organized.
Texans Believe in Climate Change and Want Local Control
From our blog: Data now makes it clear that Texans are tired of these politics-as-usual games.
EPA to Require Toxic Release Reporting from Gas Plants
Texas Tribune: Hundreds of gas plants across the country — and as many as 180 in Texas — soon will have to alert the federal government if they discharge, produce or handle certain toxic chemicals like benzene or hydrogen sulfide.
Statement on U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Press release: U.S. EPA proposes new program to reduce carbon emissions, publishes Clean Power Plan – read our response.
Fighting Pollution in the Rio Grande Valley
Texas Campaign for the Environment traveled to the Rio Grande Valley for a week-long canvassing trip to hold elected officials accountable for votes that made it harder for communities to prevent pollution.
Debunking the New York Times: Recycling Isn’t Garbage
From our blog: A lengthy op-ed in the New York Times railed against recycling last week. Don’t buy it.