Editorial: Resign, Craddick and Christian. Regulators misled about winter storm and failed to prevent another
Houston Chronicle: Christian and Craddick misled Texans about the causes of the deadly blackouts. They’ve failed to insist that gas suppliers make urgent investments to winterize facilities and equipment. As such, the commissioners have left us in danger of another grid disaster.
‘Significant interest’ leads TCEQ to schedule public meeting on Max Midstream’s air permit application
Victoria Advocate: If granted, the permit will allow Max Midstream to increase emissions of greenhouse gases measured in carbon dioxide equivalent by more than 100,000 tons per year.
Op-Ed: Texas Legislature, add energy efficiency to winter storm reform
Houston Chronicle Op-Ed: Despite the horror of Winter Storm Uri, when many Texans froze to death of hypothermia in their own homes, the Legislature has not taken a full court press approach to preventing disaster in the future.
‘Collective amnesia’: Texas politicians knowingly blew 3 chances to fix the failing power grid
Houston Chronicle: In the wake of each power failure, or near-failure, over the past decade, Texas lawmakers have repeatedly stood at a fork in the road. In each instance, lawmakers left the state’s lightly regulated energy markets alone, choosing cheap electricity over a more stable system.
Texas power outages prompt legislation that experts say is too lax
Texas Tribune: Some say lawmakers should go further to ensure power plants can withstand increased weather due to climate change.
Environmentalist, Indigenous rights activists protest at Liberty Mutual’s Plano campus
Plano Star Courier: The demonstration was organized by the Texas Campaign for the Environment with a stated objective of getting Liberty Mutual to stop making itself essential to energy projects with an adverse environmental impact.
Crisis is not free pass to pollute our planet
Houston Chronicle Op-Ed: The president and governor appear to take advantage of an economic and health emergency in order to allow more profits and pollution from industrial plants. Public health and the planet cannot take it.
A Green New Deal for Dallas? Activists Protest City’s New Climate Plan
Dallas Observer: Protesters lined the steps of the Hall of State in Fair Park on Tuesday, holding a banner in front of attendees of the morning’s climate symposium: “This is not enough.”
Texas Lege Passes Bill Allowing Authorities to File Felony Charges Against Pipeline Protesters
San Antonio Current: In the closing hours of the legislative session, Texas lawmakers voted to approve a controversial measure that would make it a felony for protesters to interrupt the construction of oil pipelines.
You Could Get Prison Time for Protesting a Pipeline in Texas—Even If It’s on Your Land
Mother Jones: The fight against a Texas pipeline just got a little more challenging. The Texas Senate passed legislation that makes interfering with pipelines and other oil and gas infrastructure a crime punishable by up to a year in prison and $10,000 in fines.