With Earth Day on horizon, climate change will be talk of Texas committee
The notice for one of today's committee hearings in Austin, Texas, might seem a little disorienting at first. "The committee will meet to hear invited testimony only on International and Intergovernmental Efforts to Mitigate Climate Change," reads the online posting for a meeting of the Texas House of Representatives' Committee on International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs. It says public and invited testimony will be taken on several bills. There's H.B. 2078, which would create a commission on climate change. And H.B. 2080, which outlines how to move ahead on a possible plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There's also H.B. 2571, which aims to include climate variability in planning at state agencies. Is this still Texas, the proud epicenter of oil and gas, where goals on climate change often encounter skepticism?