Air Pollution In Texas

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Register to read the introduction… Automobiles, with their gas engines, and road and non-road vehicles, with their diesel engines, are all examples of these polluting combustions sources. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, emissions from cars dwarfs that from power plants. SUV's put out 43% more global-warming pollutants (28 pounds of carbon dioxide per gallon of gas consumed) and 47% more air pollution than the average car. CO2 emissions from cars is 20.4 lbs. per gallon. The automobile emission standards are very relaxed with requirements found only in the two major metropolitan areas, Dallas and Houston. Evidence of the attitude Texas has toward automobile emission is shown by the state filing suit against the EPA aiming to overturn its effort to stop the emissions from being regulated reported by Daniel Patrasu. Combined with coal fired plants these emissions of hydrocarbons can only exacerbate the weather patterns leaving Texas with drought …show more content…
Over the next century, climate in Texas could experience additional changes. For example, based on projections made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, temperatures in Texas could increase by about 3 °F in spring and about 4 °F in other seasons. Precipitation is estimated to decrease by 5-30% in winter and increase by about 10% in the other seasons. These predictions only forecast more drought to come. In 2007, according to data released by Environment Texas, Texas’ power plants emitted a total of nearly 260 million pounds of carbon dioxide giving the same amount of global warming pollution in a year as 45 million of today’s cars emit in a year. There are over 30 million cars in the state of Texas, alone. The use of coal as a source to turn the turbines that generate electric power in the state of Texas must be held to a very strict standard for controlling the emission of hydrocarbons. The people in Texas must realize our inability to regulate coal fired plants along with tremendous growth in use of gasoline and diesel engines with continue to contribute to Texas drought. By examining these two major causes of Texas pollution, burning coal and vehicle emissions, Texas citizens must take a more personal responsibility in the effort to find

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