The National Climate Assessment found that rising temperatures and more dry days are leading to increased demand for water and energy in the Great Plains of the United States. This adds stress to the water resources that are already limited, increasing the competition for water among communities, agriculture, energy production and ecological resources.
In the past thirty years, the average Texan has experienced 43 days a year of temperatures above 95°F. By mid-century, this region will see as many as 80 days of such extreme heat every year and to reach up to 106 days per year by 2040-2059, according to one report.
As of 2014, Texas ranked tenth in installed solar capacity, totaling 403 MW. More than 445 solar companies in the state have created 7,000 jobs.
The Yale Map Project on Climate Change Communication also gauged Texas’ support for regulating CO2 and funding renewable energy. The Project finds that fully 73% would support regulating CO2 as a pollutant, and an estimated 61% would support setting strict CO2 limits on existing coal-fired power plants. A robust 75% would support funding more research into renewable energy (with high margins of support recorded in every district).
After the Supreme Court stay on Clean Power Plan, Texas suspended development of an implementation plan. It is a party to the lawsuitagainst the plan and has publicly criticized the plan.