World leaders headed into overtime this week in Dubai at COP28, the international climate change summit, to broker agreements on lowering global-warming emissions.
Driving the news: In the U.S., Texas continues to emit the most greenhouse gasses of any state with little signs of recent change.
By the numbers: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data show Texas’ overall CO2 levels increased nearly 85% from 1970 to 2021 across all sectors — homes, businesses and transportation.
Between the lines: Texas has yet to see any significant change in emissions in recent years — just a 1% increase between 2016 and 2021, according to the EIA data.
Meanwhile: A recent draft document from the Texas Department of Transportation shows that the agency plans to use some federal funding meant to reduce emissions toward highway expansions, the Texas Tribune reports.
- The agency argues the project would be eligible because new highways could reduce congestion and emissions from idling cars.
- Environment and transportation advocates warn the strategy is unlikely to substantially cut carbon emissions.
Source : AXIOS