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Friday, February 3rd, 2017

San Antonio congressman Lamar Smith sets ‘Make EPA Great Again’ hearing

A Central Texas congressman has scheduled a committee hearing next week “to examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s process for evaluating and using science during its regulatory decision making activities.”

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Lamar Smith’s climate change views win ‘Flat Earth’ award

Christmas elves, pirates and scientists gathered Monday to present climate change skeptic U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, with a fake award from the “Flat Earth Foundation of Texas.”

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

EPA climate change plan would raise consumer costs, ERCOT chief says

As Texas regulators weigh a response to President Obama’s proposal to combat climate change, the operator of the state’s main electric grid says the plan would raise energy costs and threaten reliability – particularly in the next...

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Audio: In Texas, extreme weather is the new normal

Increasingly hot summers and new extreme weather patterns have helped activists raise awareness of climate change. But in Texas, weather that once would have been considered extreme has become commonplace. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Audio: Vampire bats could be warming up to Texas

Contrary to a recent alarming news report in Central Texas, there are no vampire bats in the state, or even the U.S. But according to one scientific model, climate change threatens to push populations of the blood-hungry...

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Audio: Drought eases in Texas but state still feeling others’ pain

In a twist of fate for Texas, where dry conditions wreaked havoc last year, much of the state has pulled out of the drought just as the rest of the country has entered into it. But that...

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Audio: Drought map shows improvement but dry conditions linger

For the first time since March 2011, no part of Texas is under the worst stage of drought, according to new U.S. Drought Monitor data. But as Laura Rice of KUT News reports, some parts of the...

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Experts: Drought to continue through the spring

The drought that has plagued Texas is virtually certain to continue at least until early summer, climate experts said on Tuesday at a conference in Fort Worth. But what happens after that is anyone's guess.

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

New federal forecast says drought to worsen over winter

While already-sodden northern regions of the United States can expect above-average rains this winter, the worst one-year drought in Texas history looks set to persist in the coming months, federal forecasters said today.

Monday, October 17th, 2011

UT professor debunks 8 climate change ‘myths’

Between the year-long drought and Gov. Rick Perry campaigning for the presidency, global warming has become a big topic in Texas these days — and the head of the University of Texas Energy Institute, Raymond Orbach, is...

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