August 12, 2011:
Potential New State Parkland Acquisition on the Horizon
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD), if it acts quickly, has the potential to acquire approximately 3300 acres of land in Palo Pinto and neighboring Stephens County (about 70 miles west of Fort Worth) in order to create a new state park to replace the state-owned Eagle Mountain property near Fort Worth that was sold to Tarrant Regional Water District for a regional park a few years ago.
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Coastal Wind Power Helps Texas Fight Blackouts
Wind Generates 9.9% of Texas Electricity in 2011
Wind energy is playing an increasingly important role in Texas’ electricity grid. On Monday, August 8, ERCOT President H.B. Trip Doggett praised coastal wind for helping prevent a crisis during record-setting power demands stemming from an intense heat wave. ERCOT
also announced that wind energy supplied 9.9% of Texas’ total
electricity from January 1 to June 30 of 2011, up from 7.8%
in 2010.* [ERCOT is the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which directs the Texas electric power grid that serves most of the state.] ...Read
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Sierra Club Releases Texas State Legislative Voting Records for 2011
The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club has released its compilation of environmental voting records for members of the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate in the 2011 regular session. The Chapter has prepared such voting record analyses for most of the biennial sessions going back over almost 35 years. The votes made by Texas legislators on bills or amendments to bills on the House and Senate floors are an important measure - although not the only measure - of how those legislators approach environmental issues. The voting records compiled by the Sierra Club are released to the public in order to hold state legislators accountable for the actions they take on environmental issues.
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