The EPA’s proposed caps on carbon emissions expected to propel the Texas energy economy exponentially
DALLAS (Oct. 28, 2013) – With the new chief of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy moving vigorously to limit emissions, America’s low carbon energy revolution is centered in Texas. Two important conferences are coming next month to San Antonio. Renewables 2013, a national stage produced by the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) November 11-13 follows right on the heels of the 20th annual Border Energy Forum promoted by the Texas General Land Office.
Transforming America’s future with renewable energy, natural gas and energy efficiency has been the role of TREIA since 1984. Dramatic gains seen this year will be showcased at Renewables 2013. “All of the above,” says Russel Smith, executive director of TREIA. “People tend to deal in percentages all the time,” said Smith, “and there’s these targets and goals, and that’s especially been true in the renewable sector. And the bottom line for us is: for many, many compelling reasons we should have as much renewable energy as we can have—and get—as soon as we can get it!”
Smith was recorded by phone from his office in Austin, Texas, to be aired Monday on the ScienceNews Radio Network program, the Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason. The program originates in Dallas, Texas, Monday and can then be heard Webcast and archived for its world audience.
EPA’s Gina McCarthy appeared on the PBS Newshour with Judy Woodruff last night where she stressed the government’s position on renewables. “It all comes down to making sure that we're leaving our children with a safer, stable, healthier environment,” said McCarthy. “Right now, we're looking at two things. One is that power plants are really one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. And what we need to do is take a look at future power plants that are being constructed, so they can take advantage of innovative technologies of the future.”
Texas Renewables 2013 runs November 11 – 13 in San Antonio, TX at the Omni Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd, San Antonio, TX.