Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

"Shadowy Oil and Gas Interests Are Deciding Texas' Energy Fate"

"The future of Texas’ troubled electric grid is being decided in the dark, with zero public input, by a group of people with deep connections to the fossil fuel industry."

Source: Earther, 08/17/2022

"A Race To Save Fish As Rio Grande Dries, Even In Albuquerque"

"On a recent, scorching afternoon in Albuquerque, off-road vehicles cruised up and down a stretch of dry riverbed where normally the Rio Grande flows. The drivers weren’t thrill-seekers, but biologists hoping to save as many endangered fish as they could before the sun turned shrinking pools of water into dust."

Source: AP, 08/04/2022

"'Dead Bodies' And Dump Sites Draw DOJ Civil Rights Probe Of Houston"

"The Justice Department opened an investigation against the city of Houston on Friday to determine whether complaints of illegal dumping — including dead bodies and animals — in predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods amount to civil rights violations."

Source: Politico, 07/25/2022

"Texas Republicans Make Renewable Energy a Political Punching Bag"

"Texas is on a roll—an energy use roll, that is. This week, amid sweltering temperatures, the power demand on the state’s grid soared to an all-time high on Wednesday, reaching 80,000 megawatts of demand. This marks the eleventh time this demand record has been broken this year alone."

Source: Earther, 07/25/2022

Grants Uncover Downside of Wood Stoves, Water Subsidy Impacts

When a young Ohio-based journalist found her interest piqued by the environmental impacts of wood-burning stoves, she turned — for a second time — to the Fund for Environmental Journalism. Her grant helped her dig deeper and, ultimately, produce a report for Undark. Reporter Diana Kruzman shares her experience with both FEJ-funded projects, along with advice for other grant seekers, in the new StoryLog.

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