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Preparing for the Clean Power Plan: Monday’s Show (February 8, 2016)

Texas and West Virginia are leading more than two dozen states who are challenging President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which establishes standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last month denied a request from Texas and other states to […]

Texas and West Virginia are leading more than two dozen states who are challenging President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which establishes standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last month denied a request from Texas and other states to block the plan, though set a date of June 2 to hear oral arguments. While that challenge plays out in court, states have until early September (9/6/16) to submit a plan to meet the new standards. If Texas does nothing, the EPA can impose its own plan on the state.

So, will Texas actually prepare a plan, or apply for an extension, or simply take its chances with the courts? On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk it over with News 88.7 energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling.

Also this hour: A new report from the nonprofit healthcare interest group Families USA notes how the number of workers who were uninsured in 2014 declined significantly more in states that expanded Medicaid than in states that did not. Texas is one of 19 states that declined Medicaid funding made available through the Affordable Care Act. We learn more from the report’s co-author, Andrea Callow.

Then: Starting this fall, Olfen School District in Central Texas will implement a four-day school week, by extending the hours of each school day and holding tutoring and other activities on days off. Could such a system work in Houston? We discuss the pros and cons.

Plus: We discuss developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houstonia Magazine and Houston Press.

Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

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