Meter Reading: Wildlife Concerns for Offshore Turbines in Gulf, Railroad Commission Race May Not Mean Much, and More
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Proposed offshore wind turbines in the Gulf of Mexico have some wildlife groups worried.
Koch-funded climate change skeptic reverses course – “The verdict is in: Global warming is occurring and emissions of greenhouse gases caused by human activity are the main cause.” — Los Angeles Times
Railroad Commission Runoffs: Does It Matter Who Wins? – “The candidates sound remarkably similar on the big-ticket topics. All loathe the Environmental Protection Agency, applaud the Texas drilling boom and want to overhaul the commission’s often-impenetrable website. And indeed, most of the commission’s decisions are unanimous, according to Elizabeth Ames Jones, who left the commission in February.” — Texas Weekly
Gulf turbine plan sparks wildlife debate – “The 300 offshore wind turbines proposed for the Gulf of Mexico near South Padre Island would rival the Tower of the Americas in height, with 280-foot blades longer than the wingspan of a Boeing 747.They would be almost twice the size of any turbine currently in the United States. The electricity produced could meet the demand of millions.But the towers, blades and transmission lines could also mar an iconic Texas landscape, restrict fishing and impair endangered species, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.” – San Antonio Express-News