Other Reports | August 2010

Record heat may be our new normal. Houston Chronicle

TCEQ says EPA fine with air monitor data from DISH. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Comanche Peak nuclear plant has towering ambitions. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

More D-FW cities tapping into natural gas drilling revenue to help ease budget woes. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Organic farmers market expanding to McAllen, Facebook. Texas A&M University AgriLife

Coal disposal problems found at Fayette plant. Austin American-Statesman

Panhandle firm sues Gulf oil well fluids company. Associated Press

Project to connect grids raises questions. Texas Tribune

Heat puts blazing demands on power. San Angelo Standard-Times

Meet Laura Spanjian, Houston’s new green/recycling maestro from San Francisco. Culturemap

Texas Medical Center gets its own on-site power facility. Houston Business Journal

Barnett Shale air monitors proposed, but who will pay? WFAA

Texas again breaks record for electricity use. Houston Chronicle

Proposal: State could make its own electricity for Capitol complex. Austin American-Statesman

How fast will natural gas drilling come to Dallas? Dallas Morning News

South Austin neighborhood goes solar. Austin American-Statesman

August is always hot, but this heat is unprecedented. Houston Chronicle

Hot temperatures put a strain on utilities. Marshall News Messenger

Fracking for nonattainment. San Antonio Current

Brownsville ban may not be in the bag. San Antonio Express-News

Hill Country power line is branded unnecessary. San Antonio Express-News

Travis County moves forward on Pflugerville solar farm. Community Impact Newspaper

Austin tops green/quality of life ranking. Austin Business Journal

Report predicts big benefits for green industry in Texas. KOOP

The Barnett keeps bubbling. Fort Worth Weekly

Texas breaks electricity demand record again. Dallas Morning News

Oil industry to stage “citizen” rallies in Texas and other states. Dallas Morning News

Hill Country power line may not be needed, state grid operator says. Austin American-Statesman

Flower Mound lawsuit prompts actions. Dallas Morning News

Fishermen battle the Gulf’s oil-stained image. Houston Chronicle

Plans finalized for wind turbines. Valley Morning Star

Gubernatorial ‘cap and trade’ conflict. KRIV

Oak cliff to host first sustainable BBQ competition in country. D Magazine

Galveston leaders weigh pulling plug on beach development plan. Houston Chronicle

Texas sues feds over offshore drilling ban. Associated Press

Fracking’s air pollution could push region toward ozone non-attainment. San Antonio Current

Texas sets another record for electricity demand. Dallas Morning News

Scientists square off over Texas’ dead zone. Houston Chronicle

Texas sues BP over toxic emissions at Texas City refinery. Houston Chronicle

DISH Mayor: State’s Air Monitor Gives False Readings. Texas Tribune

Not all support $40 million beach restoration. Houston Chronicle

Texas industries press to get EPA-approved permits. Associated Press

Pflugerville solar farm could be running by August 2014. Community Impact Newspaper

Texas uses record amount of electricity as temps surge. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Climate protection: City in no hurry to cool it. Austin Chronicle

Shifting thermostats keep Austin guessing. Austin American-Statesman

Austin companies rank high as renewable energy users. News 8 Austin

LCRA pressing on to build power line through county. Fredericksburg Standard

TCEQ accuses BP operating its refinery poorly & midday roundup. KERA

At EPA’s public comment session over gas drilling regulations, an airing of grievances. Dallas Observer

NRG cuts spending on Texas nuclear expansion. Dallas Morning News

Texas approves higher energy efficiency goals. Texas Tribune

Fears of pervasive air pollution stir up politics in Texas shale gas country. Climate Wire

North Texas cities weigh benefits of gas drilling. Dallas Morning News

No simple fix likely in clean-air dispute. Houston Chronicle

Corps ‘crossed the line,’ suit alleges. Houston Chronicle

Clean-air panel meets today in Arlington to tackle region’s smog woes. Dallas Morning News

EPA reviewing air pollution rules for oil, gas. Associated Press

State proposes new rules for drillers. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

LCRA plans $367M in new transmission lines. Austin Business Journal

Would New Orleans levees hold for a second Katrina? Christian Science Monitor

Obama commits to revival of Gulf Coast. Associated Press

Sewage could spawn hurricane protection, wetland growth in New Orleans. National Geographic

Risk-talking rises as oil rigs in Gulf drill deeper. New York Times

Oil spill adds to housing woes for Katrina victims. Shreveport Times

Corps: New Orleans levee upgrades nearly ready. Associated Press

Report: Wilderness areas good for economy. Las Cruces Sun-News

Experts: Drilling ban may not be needed any more. Associated Press

Shrimp and Petroleum Fest takes on different, historic meaning this year. Houma Today

After the leak, restoring the Gulf Coast. New York Times

Job losses over drilling ban fail to materialize. New York Times

Bacteria are gobbling gulf oil. Science

Shrimping group wants fishing moratoriums lifted. Baton Rouge Advocate

Gulf residents struggle in aftermath of oil spill. Associated Press

Moratorium job losses haven’t yet materialized. Lafayette Daily Advertiser

BP oil spill disaster could end up working in favor of coastal restoration. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Wind turbine plant may spur offshore wind energy development. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Program under way for renewable power generation. Associated Press

Rebuilding New Orleans: Katrina 5 years later. American Public Media

NM Republicans are cool on global warming, climate change legislation. New Mexico Independent

Wind farm planned in southern NM. KOAT

Oil plume is not breaking down fast, study says. New York Times

Sand berm defense against oil from Gulf of Mexico spill gets $60 million financing installment. New Orleans Times-Picayune

NM watchdog group sues to halt plutonium factory. Victoria Advocate

BP pays millions in mental-health aid. Houma Today

BP spill health effects need to be tracked: experts. Reuters

Mexico registers smallest migration of Monarch butterflies in 17 years. Latin American Herald Tribune

On Florida trip, Obama vows to restore oil-hit Gulf. Reuters

Alabama AG sues BP, others over Gulf oil spill. Associated Press

Gulf fishermen: oil tainted our waters, our trust. Reuters

Greenhouse gas cap proposal aired at Santa Fe hearings. New Mexico Independent

Wind turbine will generate power, interest, on Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Scientists dispute government claims about oil spill. Dallas Morning News

Shrimping season in La. reopens after spill. Associated Press

In La., signs of regrowth seen in oiled marshes. Associated Press

Feds taking closer look at abandoned wells. Thibodaux Daily Comet

President Barack Obama supports directing most BP oil spill penalties to Gulf Coast restoration. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Cleaned of oil, birds return to the wild. Thibodaux Daily Comet

Storm delays BP relief well by 2-3 days. Reuters

Oiled crabs stoke fears spill is tainting food web. Associated Press

Spill investigators want to find undersea evidence. Associated Press

Oil spill enters new phase: restoring the Gulf, learning from the disaster. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Construction of sand berms continues on Louisiana coast. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Scientists think Gulf can recover. Associated Press

Do dispersants pose a risk in seafood? New York Times

Report: Only one quarter of oil left in Gulf. Associated Press

Interior official: Drill ban may be lifted early. Associated Press

Judge waiting to consider halting Ark. coal plant. Associated Press

Dead zone as big as Massachusetts along coast of Louisiana and Texas, scientists say. New Orleans Times-Picayune

172 million gallons spilled in Gulf, officials say. Associated Press

Gulf seafood declared safe; fishermen not so sure. Associated Press

Citing tests, EPA says it was wise to use oil dispersant. New York Times

Oiled marshes are growing back, scientists say. Thibodaux Daily Comet

Some oil cleanup activity slowed. Shreveport Times

When will the oil be completely gone? Maybe never. McClatchy Newspapers

Salazar keeps oil drill ban, for now. Associated Press

Gulf of Mexico oil spill is just the latest blow for Delacroix: Part one of four. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Gulf of Mexico has long been dumping site. New York Times

Review finds flaws in UN climate panel structure. New York Times

Bjørn Lomborg: the dissenting climate change voice who changed his tune. Guardian

Judge blocks Virginia’s request for global warming records. Science

Updated car stickers to include environmental info. Associated Press

Low prices stoke coal sales, despite pollution concerns. Bloomberg

Environmental groups face their future in climate-change debate. Washington Post

In oil inquiry, panel sees no single smoking gun. New York Times

Pacific hot spells shifting as predicted in human-heated world. New York Times

More major U.S. corporations join boycott of Alberta oilsands fuels. Winnipeg Free Press

Biden: States back on track for weatherizing homes. WFAA

Can the world be powered mainly by solar and wind energy? American Chemical Society

In Alaska, doubts about climate change rise with a new politician. New York Times

Americans used less energy and more renewables in 2009, study shows. Yale Environment 360

The Gates path to an energy revolution. New York Times

Disaster in the Gulf: Panel sees key flaw in push for drilling; Commission says White House ignored scientists about expansion.Houston Chronicle

Climate change responsible for floods: experts. DAWN Media Group

Food crisis threatens Bolivia due to climate change. Xinhua

Hot river forces costly cutback for TVA. Chattanooga Times Free Press

Big bets on US oil bonanza after shale gas boom. Reuters

Peak oil alarm revealed by secret official talks. Guardian

TVA to shutter coal plants, turn to nuclear. Chattanooga Times Free Press

Russian heat wave dents hopes of climate “winners.” Reuters

EIA: US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions to increase 3.4% in 2010. US DOE

Earth’s green carbon sink on the wane. Nature

Climate change may add 50% to storm damage costs in Caribbean. Royal Gazette

EPA push on emission regs sparks state permitting scrambles, fury. Greenwire

In weather chaos, a case for global warming. New York Times

Americans divided on Gulf offshore drilling: poll. Reuters

Hot button: GOP candidates knock global warming. Politico

Law requires Illinois utilities to buy solar power. Bloomberg

Teams set off on global ‘zero emissions’ race. Associated Press

Solar power gaining steam as costs get competitive. Investor’s Business Daily

Despite efforts, France fails to curb CO2. Agence France-Presse

AP Enterprise: Old-style coal plants expanding. Associated Press

Record droughts, floods and fires strain food markets’ resilience. Climatewire

NOAA: This year warmest on record so far. Washington Post

Huge ice island that broke off Greenland glacier could threaten offshore platforms, shipping. Los Angeles Times

Extreme weather fuels debate over global warming. Agence France-Presse

IEA: China overtakes the United States as world’s largest energy user. US DOE press release

Russia fires cause “brown cloud,” may hit Arctic. Reuters

Robbing renewable energy to pay teachers. Time

EPA requires cleanup of mercury from cement plants. McClatchy Newspapers

Global warming threatens Asian rice production: study. Agence France-Presse

Analysis: Climate talks stumble from Page 1. Associated Press

Fires lay ghostly shroud of smoke on Mosco. Associated Press

Pakistan floods now worse than 2005 earthquake, say officials. Christian Science Monitor

Clean-coal project advances with $1 billion in funding. Wall Street Journal

Climate talks appear to slip backward. Associated Press

Empowered US EPA will not spark energy revolution. Reuters

White House: BP had to be pushed on oil cleanup. Associated Press

NY Senate approves fracking moratorium. New York Times

Gov’t has ‘high confidence’ oil spill almost over. Associated Press

Why 2 million (promised) green jobs couldn’t sell a climate bill. Los Angeles Times

EPA undertakes overdue review on oil, gas rules. Associated Press

Reid abandons oil-spill, energy legislation until after summer break. The Hill

US says it’s committed to cutting greenhouse gases. Associated Press

US inaction on climate troubles global talks. Associated Press

California poll: support for climate law, opposition to oil drilling. Los Angeles Times

House approves oil spill bill; stalled in Senate. Associated Press

Congress to probe Michigan oil spill. Reuters

State of the climate: Hottest decade on record. New York Times

Ten key indicators show global warming ‘undeniable.’ Reuters