President Biden’s $2T Infrastructure & Climate Plan (AKA “American Jobs Plan”)
In announcing an ambitious renewable-energy push this week, the Biden administration highlighted a vessel under construction in Brownsville as proof of the economic opportunities of going green. One Gulf-based company is moving from fabricating oil rigs to offshore wind power. (Texas Monthly)
The plan would bring a lot to Texas—including weatherizing the power grid that would otherwise fall to private companies and inevitably passed along to ratepayers. It just doesn’t do so much for oil and gas. One of the way it pays for itself is through eliminating subsidies to the fossil-fuel sector. (San Antonio Express-News)
By the Numbers (Inside Climate News)
- $213B for weatherizing affordable housing.
- $174B for electric vehicle transition.
- $100B for power grid modernization.
- $85B for public transit.
- $35B for clean tech.
- $16B capping and cleaning up oil wells and coal mines…
Also: an estimated $20B to ‘reconnect’ communities of color to economic opportunity.
But is this the climate plan were waiting for? Short answer? Hardly. Meeting the goals of the international Paris Agreement would require an estimated $1T per year, writes Kate Aronoff at The New Republic. Still Earth Month is just getting started some expect more news to come at the upcoming DC climate summit.
Winter Storm Uri Fallout
CPS Energy claims ‘opportunistic price gouging’ by gaggle of gas pushers in a lawsuit that names Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners of Standing Rock infamy. (San Antonio Report)
The utility wants to reduce by half the $670 million it owes for purchases made during the February storm. (San Antonio Express-News)
“Rather than forego purchases [while hundreds of thousands of lives hung in the balance], CPS Energy executed numerous purchases with full knowledge that it was agreeing to pay market prices [which had shot up 10,000 percent],” ConocoPhillips said. Market prices. (San Antonio Express-News) … Those bracketed bits being our contextualizing to make sure we’re all on the same page with this.
Tweet o’ the Week
Dateline: Boca Chica
This irritated entomologist’s tweet has since been deleted, but the evidence, and outrage, over the SN11’s debris littering the Lower Rio Grande Valley Nature Wildlife Refuge was well preserved by The Daily Mail UK, of all places.
Did someone say ‘scrap metal’?
The Annova LNG gas terminal announced the end of their project for the fracking site at the Port of Brownsville after a 6-year-long battle with the surrounding community, including environmentalists and indigenous tribes. “Annova LNG is not going forward because of years and years of community opposition,” said Rebekah Hinojosa, the gulf coast campaign representative of the environmental group, the Sierra Club. (KVEO TV)
RELATED: Here’s how Texas environmentalists are starting to win the gas fight … from Europe (Texas Observer)
100 miles of hike-and-bike trails will safeguard 50,000 acres of land over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. (San Antonio Report)
After cancelling the event in 2020, the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center will host its annual Texas Gulf Coast birdwatcher event April 21-25. (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)
“The things you might not see if you just go by in your car.” (Texas Public Radio)
It started as a tax writeoff. Another revelation: exotic (non-native, big-horned ‘game’ animals) are ‘no different than a Ferrari.’ (San Antonio Express-News)
Texas Observer‘s new indigenous affairs reporter takes issue with claims of a San Antonio Council candidate. (Apache? “Those claims cannot be verified,” we’re told.) But an awful lot of native folks in these parts see themselves reflected in Marie Crabb’s story, one that doesn’t fit neatly into a tribal register. Read Crabb’s “Don’t Steal My Identity” (San Antonio Current)
RELATED: NBA honors Spurs’ Patty Mills for his work with Australian Aboriginal youth (San Antonio Express-News)
- Calhoun students visit Formosa-Tejano Wetlands for hands-on environmental learning
- Crossroads mystified by giant ‘Easter Island’ sculptures
- Freeze decimated Texas redfish industry, but help is nowhere to be seen