Other Reports | January 2011

Battle brewing over solar power proposal. El Paso Times

Solar industry heats up worldwide but Texas playing catch-up. Abilene Reporter-News

Oil pipeline plan riles up East Texans. Los Angeles Times

Texas budget plan would end program that gets polluting vehicles off road. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Tougher regulations to affect Barnett Shale natural gas drillers first. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A&M to develop miniature sustainable city. Texas A&M Battalion

Regulators far from ready for challenges fracking brings to South Texas. San Antonio Current

Groups opposed to Las Brisas vow to keep fighting. KRISTV

Exxon: Global gasoline demand to fall over 20 years. Associated Press

ExxonMobil sees growing role of natural gas by 2030. Oil & Gas Journal

TCEQ approves Las Brisas air permit. Corpus Christi Caller-Times

In his EPA job, former academic is the most feared environmentalist in the state. Houston Chronicle

Cities in Dallas-Fort Worth tightening gas drilling regulations in response to residents’ concerns. Dallas Morning News (subscription)

Public Utility Commission OK’s wind transmission line through Kendall County. Austin American-Statesman

UT scientists seek means to burn coal cleanly. Austin American-Statesman

Algae grown in Pecos for fuel. Odessa American

ExxonMobil warns carbon emissions will rise by 25% in 20 years. Guardian

A Texas guzzler tax? KETK

CPS aims to make San Antonio a solar hub. San Antonio Express-News

Houston oil infrastructure exposed to storms. National Security Journalism Initiative

Another Texan running for president? National Review

An old player receives new lease on life. Houston Chronicle

As Pedernales co-op leaders push ‘green’ reforms, some members balk at costs. Austin American-Statesman

EPA gets citizen backing in Texas greenhouse-gas dispute at Dallas hearing. Dallas Morning News

EPA says Texas plants won’t see delays in permits. Associated Press

Texas electricity use rose in 2010. Houston Business Journal

Texas loses another round in fight over EPA regulation of greenhouse gases. Dallas Morning News

DART panel OKs purchase of natural-gas bus fleet. Dallas Morning News

EPA, Range Resources in fight over well contamination claim. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Texas faces uphill legal battle against EPA’s greenhouse gas regs. Greenwire

Commission lets 36 states dump nuke waste in Texas. Associated Press

Sinking feelings: Gas fracking may already be lowering water tables in South Texas. San Antonio Current

EPA ordered to wait on taking over Texas’ greenhouse gas permitting. Greenwire

2011 may be a gusher in South Texas. Houston Chronicle

US court denies delay for EPA carbon rules in Texas. Reuters

Judge halts radioactive dump plan for now. Associated Press

West Texas ‘clean coal’ plant leaps big obstacle. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Early bid for a reactor site draws opposition in Texas. New York Times

Comanche Peak expansion proponents score with panel’s ruling. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

CPS Energy has successful year in reducing energy consumption. San Antonio Business Journal

Chesapeake: 350-plus new Barnett wells in 2011. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Austin-based Cielo to build $100 million wind farm west of Amarillo. Austin American-Statesman

Moving to ‘green jobs’ proves tough. San Antonio Express-News

91,000 Gulf oil spill claims, just 1 final payment. Associated Press

Marsh project will provide flooding buffer. Thibodaux Daily Comet

PNM solar fee plan criticized. Albuquerque Journal (subscription)

The drying of the West. The Economist

Court reverses New Mexico governor on environmental rules. New York Times

Renewable energy study gives Arkansas good marks. City Wire

Oil dispersants lingered in deep ocean, scientists say. New York Times

Louisiana seafood industry poised for rebound. WWL

Uncertainty stalls deepwater drilling in Gulf. WBRZ

First lady praises Walmart’s healthier foods initiative. Arkansas News

New Orleans City Council approves solar panel for French Quarter home. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Oil spill commission leaders urge independent oversight for offshore drilling. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Nucor air-quality permits need more work, EPA official says. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Fishermen dismayed over low payouts in spill claims. Louisiana Weekly

Environment, preservation clash in French Quarter. Associated Press

Entergy Corp. taking wait-and-see-approach to new climate change regulations that will soon be rolled out. New Orleans Times-Picayune

PNM: Renewable-energy goal too pricey. Associated Press

Lawsuit targets NM gov’s actions on new rules. Associated Press

Oil spill commission backs using fines for coastal restoration. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Oil still fouling Louisiana marshes. WWLTV

2 environmental rules halted in New Mexico. New York Times

BP, Transocean, Halliburton blamed by presidential Gulf oil spill commission. Washington Post

New Mexico threatens a U-turn on environmental regulations. Los Angeles Times

Interior allows some suspended drilling to resume. Associated Press

Drilling is stalled even after ban is lifted. Wall Street Journal

Levee district project to build wetlands moving forward. Thibodaux Daily Comet

Oklahoma City group developing registry for hydraulic fracturing chemicals. Oklahoman

Sea life still struggling from oil spill. WWLTV

Firm selected to aid sustainability efforts for Tulsa. Tulsa World

Red River air rivalry has Oklahoma and Texas battling over air quality and coal plants. Oklahoman

For many Gulf oil spill victims, a glum Christmas. Lafayette Advertiser

NM signs lease for renewable energy hub. Associated Press

EPA proposes emission controls for NM coal plant. Associated Press

US-Mexico pact hailed as key step toward solving southwest water supply woes. Greenwire

Recession did not cut back pollution: US agency. Agence France-Presse

New electricity meters stir fears. New York Times

Public belief in climate change weathers storm, poll shows. Guardian

Once popular, car pools go the way of hitchhiking. New York Times

Arctic current warmer than for 2,000 years: study. Reuters

GE, Conoco, NRG Commit $300 Million to Venture to Support Clean Energy. Bloomberg

Revised data show feds understate climate costs. Daily Climate

Obama seeks new path to environmental goals. Associated Press

Obama, announcing clean energy standard, looks for compromise. ClimateWire

Obama budget seeks to end oil, gas subsidies. Reuters

Obama pushes clean energy in State of the Union speech as part of his centrist agenda. Greenwire

Climate benefits of natural gas may be overstated. ProPublica

California, EPA to work on joint auto standards. Wall Street Journal

Carol Browner to leave White House within weeks. Politico

Who’s to blame: 12 politicians and execs blocking progress on global warming. Rolling Stone

Scenario to cap world emissions by 2020 is fading fast, warns IEA economist. ClimateWire

California’s ‘big one’ might be a megastorm. Los Angeles Times

For many species, no escape as temperature rises. New York Times

2.4 billion extra people, no more land: how will we feed the world in 2050? Independent

White House downplays risk of climate rules “rollback.” BusinessGreen

Utilities explore deal on emissions control. Politico

Thaw of Earth’s icy sunshade may stoke warming. Reuters

In Ventura, a retreat in the face of a rising sea. Los Angeles Times

Drowning: Death tolls climb and more floods are on the way. The Independent

Recession special: Cleaner air. New York Times

Melting in Andes reveals remains wreckage. New York Times

Global warming waning? Hardly. 2010 was tied as warmest year on record. Christian Science Monitor

Australian city empties as floodwaters crest. NPR

Last chance to hold Greenland back from tipping point. NewScientist (subscription)

GOP strikes early in global warming battle. Associated Press

Boxer: EPA climate delay bill could pass, but would be rejected by Obama. The Hill

Special Report: With solar power, it’s Green vs. Green. Scientific American

Reinsurer says costs from natural disasters jumped in 2010, shows evidence of climate change. Associated Press

Australia faces ‘biblical’ floods. Telegraph

Battle brews over EPA’s emissions regulations. Time

Coal’s burnout: Have investors moved on to cleaner energy sources? Washington Post

India’s hidden climate change catastrophe: Over the past decade, as crops have failed year after year, 200,000 farmers have killed themselves. Independent

Solar plant to generate power after sundown. Wall Street Journal

Massachusetts sets targets to slash carbon emissions. New York Times

President Obama under pressure to deliver on climate. Politico

Expect more extreme winters thanks to global warming, say scientists. Independent

African huts far from the grid glow with renewable power. New York Times

EPA sets timetable on carbon-cutting regs for coal and oil. Solveclimate