Texas Tug-Of-War: Political Struggles Between Energy Interests and Environmentalists


Publication Date: April 2009

Publisher: National Institute on Money in State Politics (U.S.)

Author(s): Peter Quist

Research Area: Energy; Environment; Politics

Keywords: climate change; cap-and-trade

Type: Report

Coverage: Texas


In 2005, Texas emitted the most carbon dioxide from fossil fuels in the country, 663.87 million metric tons, easily eclipsing the 390.64 million metric tons emitted in California. This year, a few pieces of proposed legislation would take steps to address the state's carbon output. One would institute a carbon emissions cap-and-trade plan and pave the way for Texas to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The other would promote capture of CO2 and development of emissions-reducing technologies.