Texas

Texas Climate and Energy Facts: 

  • 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.
  • According to the Yale Map Project on Climate Change Communication 63% of Texans recognize that global warming is real. Slightly less but still a majority, 54%, worry about warming.
  • In 2015, Texas fought 9,272 wildfires spanning 184,418 acres. The risk of wildfires will go up exponentially in the coming years, as the state will witness even longer dry spells. The historic and devastating flood last May had a strong climate connection. Despite these impacts Texas has not developed a statewide adaptation plan or put in place district or municipal level plans to improve its adaptation capacities to climate change.     
  • Texas is the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in the country. It remains one of the staunchest opponents of the Clean Power Plan, which sets a target for Texas to reduce 33% of its power-sector emissions below 2012 levels by 2030.
  • The state sources nearly 12% of its electricity from wind energy and has a total installed capacity of 17,713 MW, beating the rest of the states by a very wide margin.      
  • 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.
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