Climate Change

Increases Predicted in Air Pollution, including 100 more tons of PM a Year Holcim Cement’s Midlothian cement plant has requested a permit application to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to release an additional 2700 tons per year of Carbon Monoxide and burn 100% Petroleum Coke in its Kiln #2. Holcim estimates these change will […]

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They had the PowerPoints. They had the hardcopies of the PowerPoints in Spanish. They had the Subject Boards. They had the Post It notes and purple dots. Lots of purple dots. They had staff. They had consultants. They had consultants hired by consultants. All in all, Dallas City Hall had everything it thought it needed […]

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Despite supporters’ claims that the new $500,000 Dallas Climate “Action” Plan would have lots of opportunities for public participation, the decision-making apparatus drafting the plan puts all the decision-making power in the hands of City staff and its hired consultants. Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss. Oh, they’ll be countless PowerPoint presentations […]

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The most worthwhile thing that might emerge from the City’s plan is a new challenge from citizens to Business-as-Usual Take a Deep Dive into How Dallas City Environmental Policy is Being Directed from… New York City?   Over at the Belo Mansion this morning, the City of Dallas’ Office of Environmental Quality and (Rockefeller) Sustainability […]

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Register for the Electric Glide Bus Pub Crawl here. Thursday, December 6th Catch the bus at 6:30 or 7:00 pm at the Green Door in the Farmers Market District 600 South Harwood Dallas 75201   Plug In. Get Lit. Stay Current.   How did we get from cement plants burning hazardous waste in Midlothian to […]

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Brown, Big: 1971-2018

by jim on October 15, 2017

After years of declining fiscal health, the Big Brown lignite coal plant finally succumbed last Friday.  An announcement was made by its most recent caretaker, Vistra Energy last Friday morning. The cause of death was obsolescence. It was 47. Controversial from its birth, the 1. 2 Gigawatt Big Brown lived up to its name and was Texas […]

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Earth Day Texas 2017 at Fair Park this weekend offers you plenty of chances to catch up with Downwinders and see us in action. It also offers you more information and discussions and multimedia experiences than anyone person could possibly get around to in 72 hours, no matter how committed. So here’s not only where […]

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GET OUT OF YOUR RUT AND JOIN THE FIGHT! MONDAY, MAY 23rd  9am  Dallas City Hall  1500 Marilla   Downtown Dallas Room 6ES (6th Floor, South)  Dallas City Council's Quality of Life Committee Considers/Votes on the DFW AIR QUALITY RESOLUTION    WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th 7:30 am – 10 am Morton Meyerson Symphony Center 2301 Flora Downtown Dallas EXXON – MOBIL SHAREHOLDERS MEETING   […]

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Want the Coal Plants to Face the Kind of Regulation  They've Been Avoiding for Decades?  Click here and send a formal comment letter demanding the coal plants be included in the new DFW non-attainment area for smog.    Even as we're all waiting to see what EPA decides to do about the current Texas air plan […]

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How to Outflank HB40 in the Barnett Shale

by jim on February 29, 2016

Last week, the EPA made an important admission.  "Methane emissions from the oil and gas industry are significantly higher than previous official estimates, according to draft revisions of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions inventory released Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency. At 9.3 million metric tons, revised estimates of 2013 emissions are 27% percent higher than the […]

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This plan won't work. That's the simple message from the three pages of new comments Region 6 EPA staff submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality last month concerning its anti-smog plan for DFW. That message begins with the cover letter, written by Mary Stanton, Chief of the State Implementation Plan Section for Region […]

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Public Hearing 6:30 pm Thursday   January 21st 616 Six Flags Drive Arlington  When polluters cut smog pollution, they cut a lot of other kinds of pollution as well, including climate-damaging gases like CO2 and methane. Hundreds of thousands of tons of this kind of pollution could be eliminated in the next air plan for […]

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By this point, most of you will have been inundated with opinions and factoids about what President Obama's new "Clean Power Plan" will and won't do about climate change. Bottom Line: while it sets a precedent and an emissions floor for the largest sources of CO2, it does so in a way which turns out […]

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Mercifully, the 2015 Texas Legislative Session is almost over. Since January we've seen cities stripped of their traditional zoning power over oil and gas facilities, citizens' ability to challenge new pollution permits further suppressed, and renewable energy sources singled-out for financial punishment. But the circus leaves town on June 1, and shortly after that Downwinders […]

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There was at least one truth uttered by Steve Everley, the professional PR spokesperson for Energy in Depth, itself the PR arm of the Gas Industry, during his testimony at last Thursday's EPA ozone standard hearing in Arlington: "…natural gas producers will be significantly impacted by EPA’s proposal to reduce the National Ambient Air Quality […]

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Many of you are probably headed to the Sierra Club's Earth Wind and Fire energy get together this coming weekend in Addison. As a kind of primer on how greener, cleaner energy could flourish in the US and what it would mean to the way we produce, distribute, regulate and charge for power, you might […]

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