DALLAS – Environmental advocates across several states are applauding the Obama Administration’s choice of Dr. Al Armendariz to lead Region 6 of the Environmental Protection Agency, which includes Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Armendariz, an engineering professor at Southern Methodist University, has worked with diverse constituencies ranging from corporations to citizens groups and has published dozens of studies on myriad environmental issues throughout his career. His appointment garnered high praise from the environmental community.
“Our region has typically provided a haven for some of the worst polluters in the country, and has paid a steep price,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, Texas Director for Public Citizen. “I believe the appointment of Dr. Al Armendariz signifies a new direction for Region 6.”
How long are we going to let the 32-year-old Martin Lake power plant in east Texas get away with its pollution?
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In November, we're releasing a hard-hitting study that will cast a harsh spotlight on the Martin Lake plant, including its wildly outsized contribution to global warming. Built before Ronald Reagan became president, the plant hasn't taken action to cut global warming pollution -- ever. Why? It never had to, because for eight years the Bush EPA failed to hold polluters accountable.
Worse, if things don't change, the plant will keep pumping more climate-changing pollution into our skies with no end in sight.
Which is why we want to put the Martin Lake plant's pollution on the evening news and in the morning headlines -- just as the EPA and the U.S. Senate are reaching a decision point on the issue.
A bill in the Senate will promote clean energy, cap carbon pollution and help force coal-fired clunkers like the Martin Lake plant to clean up or make way for cleaner sources of power, like solar and wind. Proposed EPA regulations would have the same effect.
We know that the more people learn about coal-fired clunkers like the Martin Lake power plant, the more they understand why we need to repower Texas with clean energy -- and the more they want to know what we're going to do about it. Help our media team get the word out. Please chip in whatever you can today.
Together, we can hold one of Texas' worst polluters to account, make a strong case for change, and help President Obama build the new clean energy economy of the future. Thanks for making it all possible.
Environment Texas Director
I hope you'll join me in helping us reach our goal of 10,000 e-mails to the Senate in favor of clean energy and stopping global warming. Click here to e-mail Sens. Cornyn and Hutchison.
Right now, the U.S. Senate is considering a bill -- the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act -- that will cut global warming pollution and drive the production of more renewable energy in Texas and across America.
The environmental benefits are clear: Our children will be better protected from global warming. Our air and water will be cleaner, with less pollution from dirty power plants.
But more clean energy also means putting more Texans back to work. For example, improving the energy-efficiency of our homes, businesses and transportation systems would create 1 million new jobs in the United States by 2030 -- including 54,400 jobs here in Texas.
On Dec. 7, President Obama is expected to return to Copenhagen -- and the stakes will be a far sight higher than the whereabouts of the 2016 Olympics.
You can help the president strengthen his position before negotiations begin on a new treaty on clean energy and global warming. Click below to send your e-mail to Sens. Cornyn and Hutchison to support the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act:
The clock is ticking. In 59 days, we expect President Obama to fly again to Copenhagen. If he fares better this time, America will help speed the transformation to a world powered by clean energy -- the key to meeting the challenge of global warming.
Yet, as we know all too well by now, more than a few powerful people and corporations want the president to fail, including: