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Carbon Reduction and Arian Foster: Monday’s Show (August 10, 2015)

Last week, President Obama, flanked by EPA Chief Gina McCarthy, presented a revised “Clean Power Plan” setting standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. That’s 9 percent more than the administration’s previously proposed rules. The plan requires states to submit plans to meet that goal. Reaction here in Texas and across the […]

Last week, President Obama, flanked by EPA Chief Gina McCarthy, presented a revised “Clean Power Plan” setting standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. That’s 9 percent more than the administration’s previously proposed rules. The plan requires states to submit plans to meet that goal.

Reaction here in Texas and across the nation has been swift — and not altogether unsurprising. Industry groups assail the plan, as do a number of states who feel they’re being unfairly targeted. Texas would need to reduce emissions by 18 percent; that’s a small task compared to many coal producing states, like Wyoming (33%) and West Virginia (28%), who vow to challenge the new rules.

What does this carbon pollution reduction plan mean for Texas? What impact might it have on climate change in the United States and around the world? What steps could be taken here to seek to meet the goal? On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about the President’s Clean Power Plan and the reaction to it. We welcome your thoughts for Dave Fehling, News 88.7’s energy and environment reporter.

Also this hour: We discuss a major redesign and street improvement project underway along Allen Parkway, intended to improve safety for folks trying to access the Buffalo Bayou hike and bike trails west of downtown. We welcome your questions for Ryan Leach from Houston’s Downtown Redevelopment Authority.

Then: Each month, Houston Matters goes to the dogs…and cats. We welcome your questions about the care and feeding of your beloved canine or feline for veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller from the Meyerland Animal Clinic. She specializes in dog and cat care.

Plus: ESPN Senior Writer Tim Keown joins us to discuss his article in ESPN The Magazine detailing Houston Texans’ running back Arian Foster’s recent decision to — as Keown writes — “become a public face of the nonreligious.” While in many circles, a public proclamation of not aligning with a religion or believing in a deity is not a big deal, in the culture of professional football, it sticks out.

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