Take Action on Climate Change - Tell the Texas Senate to Vote "No" on HB 788

Protect Texas’ Climate, Economy and People

A bill that would actually take Texas a step backward on addressing climate change has passed in the Texas House of Representatives and is now being considered by the Texas Senate.

The bill, HB 788, would require our state environmental agency — the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) — to issue permits for greenhouse gas emissions, but wouldn’t allow the agency to limit those emissions. The bill would also limit the public’s right to ensure that companies are using proper control technologies by forbidding contested case hearings for greenhouse gas permits.

Greenhouse gases are causing dangerous changes to our climate. 2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States. Over 34,000 high temperature records were set at weather stations across the country — more than five times the number of record temperature lows. In 2011, Texas experienced a devastating drought and over 4 million acres burned in wildfires across the state, causing over $750 million damages.

HB 788 takes us in the wrong direction. It won’t protect Texas’ climate, economy or people.

Help us stop this bad bill by emailing your state senator today.

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