Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Meter Reading: Farmers Forced to Water During Drought for Insurance, Church Groups Go Green, and More

Why Panhandle Farmers Had to Water During Drought, Even If Nothing Grew For the Texas Tribune, Kate Galbraith writes that “by mid-summer last year, it was so hot and dry that many West Texas cotton farmers gave up hope of producing a crop. Yet they had to keep watering, pumping from diminishing aquifers like the Ogallala, to claim crop insurance.”

Will Texas’ Biggest Power Company Fold? ​”A major credit-rating agency is expressing grave doubts about the ability of the state’s largest nonregulated power generator to pay off its debt,” the Dallas Observer writes. ”Energy Future Holdings, the Dallas-based parent company of power generator Luminant, transmission company Oncor and retail electricity provider TXU Energy, has been downgraded to a CCC rating by Fitch Ratings, a long-term credit rating agency.”

Some Church Groups Take Up Environmental Message “Stewardship of the Earth is hardly a new concept in Christian thought – it’s mentioned in Genesis – but a growing school of theological thought leaders are getting out of the pew, marching on the picket line, and becoming specific-issue activists,” the Washington Times reports.


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