Dr. Elliot Trester, MD with Physicians for Social
Responsibility, warns against poisoning ourselves
with sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, particulate
matter, mercury, and carbon dioxide from power plants
For More Information:
Ken Kramer, 512-476-6962
Cyrus Reed, 512-740-4086
STEP IT UP TEXAS 2007
Texans from all walks of life are ready to take on global warming and the Texas State Legislature has the bills to do it.
This Saturday, April 14, Texans will Step it Up at twenty-nine (29) events in locations across the state planned by diverse organizations calling on the U.S. Congress to cut carbon emissions (Carbon Dioxide, CO2 is the principal greenhouse gas.) by 80 percent by the year 2050.
Global warming science is agreed upon and the number of Step It Up events in Texas is growing on a daily basis as more and more Americans become aware and organized to reverse the pattern of pumping CO2 and other green house gases into the atmosphere.
In Texas, many Legislators are taking up the task of reducing green house gas emissions and cleaning up our air.
Attached is an encouragingly long list of bills filed in the 80th Texas State Legislature which address global warming.
In particular, the following priority bills are currently moving and will be in Committee or on the floor next week.
Global Warming Solutions:
SB 945 Ellis / HB 2143 Rodriguez or HB 722 Burnam
HB 3693 Straus: Omnibus Efficiency bill
SB 445 Hinojosa: Energy Efficiency in new State Buildings
SB 12 Averitt: Includes green Building Codes
HB 1000 Burnam: Sales Tax Holidays for Energy Efficient Appliances
Renewables - Solar Power:
SB 1357 Ellis / HB 2226 Coleman: TexSUN solar rebate program
HB 1282 Strama: Increases State's goal for solar energy by removing Subsection M
Ken Kramer with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club said, "The projected impacts of global warming require all of us - individuals and public policy makers - to take action now. There are solutions, and it's encouraging to see efforts in this Legislature to address the most critical environmental issue of our time."