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Emissions plan seen as lacking
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Emissions plan seen as lacking

BY JANET ELLIOTT

AUSTIN - Environmental groups were disappointed Friday by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission's decision to endorse a program of voluntary reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. "We're disappointed they did not go further," said Tom "Smitty" Smith of Public Citizen, one of the environmental groups that petitioned the commissioners to inventory greenhouse gases and encourage reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. Smith said the agency should have set "meaningful targets or goals" for emission reductions.

01/19/2002
Science books rejected on factual-error claim
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Science books rejected on factual-error claim

BY JANET ELLIOTT

AUSTIN - In a bitter vote along party lines, the State Board of Education on Thursday tentatively rejected two of three high school environmental science textbooks after conservatives criticized them for presenting an extreme environmentalist view. Board member Cynthia Thornton, R-Round Top, asked that books published by Jones and Bartlett and LeBel Publishers be rejected for factual errors. But she did not provide any examples of factual errors. Thornton said she would provide the factual errors to Texas Education Agency staff later.

11/09/2001
Social Security woes grow in midst of war
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Social Security woes grow in midst of war

BY TONY PUGH

WASHINGTON - New spending on the war against terrorism is adding to worries about the long-term financial health of Social Security. The concern threatens to distract a White House commission on Social Security created by President Bush to weigh options for reforming the program. The panel strongly favors allowing individuals to invest a portion of their Social Security payroll tax in stocks and bonds.

10/19/2001
Group insists science books be thrown out
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Group insists science books be thrown out

BY JANET ELLIOTT

AUSTIN - Newly drafted middle-school science textbooks contain errors and exhibit a pro-environment bias, more than two dozen speakers told the State Board of Education on Thursday. The criticisms focused on the proposed textbooks' discussions of global warming, acid rain and rain forest destruction. Many of the speakers were affiliated with Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy, an advocacy and education organization dedicated to economic freedom.

09/07/2001
Officials want leeway to meet clean-air rules
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Officials want leeway to meet clean-air rules

BY ERIC HANSON

Common sense, solid science and economic reality should all play a role in developing solutions to reduce air pollution in the Houston area. That was the consensus voiced by five members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the county judges of Brazoria, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties and others at a recent meeting concerning clean-air issues. Houston is under a federal mandate to reduce emissions by 2007.

04/11/2001
Officials want leeway to meet clean-air rules
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Officials want leeway to meet clean-air rules

BY ERIC HANSON

RICHMOND - Common sense, solid science and economic reality should all play a role in developing solutions to reduce air pollution in the Houston area. That was the consensus voiced by five members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the county judges of Fort Bend, Brazoria and Montgomery counties and others at a recent meeting concerning clean-air issues. Houston is under a federal mandate to reduce emissions by 2007.

04/11/2001
Heflin honored by taxpayer group for tight fiscal policies
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Heflin honored by taxpayer group for tight fiscal policies

BY CHARLES DE MANGIN

Two area state legislators have been recognized by a statewide organization for their conservative fiscal efforts as members of the Texas Legislature. Recipients of the first Friend of the Taxpayer awards are Talmadge Heflin, R-Alief/Katy and Charlie Howard, R-Sugar Land. The award's sponsor is the Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy, a public policy group with more than 30,000 members. In announcing the awards, the organization said it will give the awards annually, "on behalf of the taxpayers of Texas."

07/19/2000
Heflin honored by taxpayer group for tight fiscal policies
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Heflin honored by taxpayer group for tight fiscal policies

BY CHARLES DE MANGIN

area state legislators have been recognized by a statewide organization for their conservative fiscal efforts as members of the Texas Legislature. Recipients of the first Friend of the Taxpayer awards are Talmadge Heflin, R-Alief/Katy and Charlie Howard, R-Sugar Land. The award's sponsor is the Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy, a public policy group with more than 30,000 members. In announcing the awards, the organization said it will give the awards annually, "on behalf of the taxpayers of Texas."

07/19/2000