Texas Legislature Holds Hearing on Climate Change

Texas Legislature Holds Hearing on Climate Change

March 3, 2015

by Margarita Fournier; Copyright 2015 by Competitive Assets, LLC.  All rights reserved

As reported by The Texas Tribune on 3/2/15, the House International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee held a first hearing on climate change. This is one of several steps taken by state Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, “to force a discussion on climate change” at the legislature. “Before the hearing, Anchia also announced that he had filed two bills last week on the issue – one that creates a global task force to study climate change and another directing Texas to comply with the Clean Power Plan.” The work, however, faces an uphill battle, as many legislative members deny that there is climate change. “Climate change is often seen through a political lens,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Ken Eickmann, a senior research fellow at the University of Texas at Austin’s Energy Institute. “I’d like to discuss it from a military perspective. … Climate change poses a serious threat to America’s national security.” Other bills related to climate change in the current legislature include “two from State Sen. Rodney Ellis. The Democrat from Houston has proposed making sure the state water plan incorporates the best available science (which would include research on the impacts of climate change on water resources), and developing a climate adaptation plan.” 

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