Posts Tagged ‘emissions’

Fearful Wonders

“May you live in interesting times” is no longer a curse, just reality.
Gwynne Dyer
Every year brings change, but some years really are turning points: 1492, 1789, 1914, and 1989, for example. Was 2011 one of those Really Important Years? Probably not, but it definitely qualifies for membership in the second t...


Suicide Pact

Climate summit negotiators fiddle while the world prepares to starve.
Gwynne Dyer
The Durban climate summit that ended earlier this month was proclaimed a great success. The chairwoman told delegates: “We have concluded this meeting with [a plan] to save one planet for the future of our children and our gr...



Dirty Air through Rose-Colored Glasses

Environmentalists and TCEQ see different things in North Texas air pollution.
GAYLE REAVES
North Texas has been struggling for years with dirty air. Last year, it moved up in the Environmental Protection Agency’s classification of smog-troubled cities from the “moderate” to “serious” category, and in many o...


Blowing Smoke

Fort Worth’s air quality study makes things as clear as smog.
PETER GORMAN
What if you brought your car to a mechanic for a tune-up and he looked it over and said it was in good shape. But then he told you he hadn’t actually checked whether it needed oil, just made a guess based on a chart of cars o...



Downwinders Spread Wings

Static
The group that made its name fighting against the toxic muck spewed from Midlothian cements kilns is now climbing into the ring with natural gas drillers. In this corner: Downwinders At Risk, a nonprofit environmental group tha...


Green Salvation?

Recasting the fight over carbon emissions could help save the planet.
Gwynne Dyer
The United Nations climate summit in Cancun ended on an upbeat note last week. Once again there was no global deal reached on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, although there may be some hope for the longer run.



With Friends Like BP, Who Needs Serial Killers?

Jeff Prince
For weeks now, BP has been airing commercials featuring friendly employees looking into the camera oh so earnestly and talking about how they grew up in Louisiana and how their employer is going to restore the Gulf coast “...


Time to “Give it” to TCEQ

Static
If you think it’s time for the Fort Worth-Arlington-Dallas Metromess (a word Static unblushingly borrows from clean-air activist Jim Schermbeck) to finally clean up the dirty air we’ve breathed here for decades, then you’...



Greening the Gas Field?

GAYLE REAVES
In North Texas these days, it seems like you can’t drive 50 feet down the highway – or even a neighborhood feeder road – without spotting another gas well or compressor station or a well pad waiting to be dril...


The Opacity of Hope

ERIC GRIFFEY
The 120 or so people gathered at J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill in Arlington recently were celebrating an early Christmas present. The party was hosted by the Downwinders at Risk, an environmental group based in North Texas,...