The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has notified the state of Texas that it needs to take action to reduce pollution in six counties. where coal-fired power plants are located and sulfur dioxide emissions exceed federal recommendation.
Sulfur dioxide is a product of burning coal and other fossil fuels used to make electricity. Short-term exposure to high levels of the gas can be life-threatening, but exposure to lower amounts can cause heart and lung trouble, according to the Sierra Club, a national environmental advocacy group.
Is a policy analyst for TCAP, a coalition of cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because high energy costs can impact municipal budgets and the ability to fund essential services, TCAP, as part of its mission, actively promotes affordable energy policies. High energy prices also place a burden on local businesses and home consumers.