Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The idling of large vehicles could be a ticketable offense in San Antonio under regulations being considered by the city. The city is trying to find a way to improve air quality ahead of new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The driver of this bus idling in front of City Hall and Main Plaza could receive a ticket under the proposed five-minute idling ordinance.


Doug Melnick, chief sustainability officer for the City of San Antonio, says the ordinance would apply to certain vehicles weighing over 14,000 pounds.


Eileen Pace / Texas Public Radio

Bexar County has signed an anti-pollution order that requires trucks and other heavy vehicles to stop idling their engines in the county.

The move is an answer to new Environmental Protection Agency rules that limit ozone pollution to less than 70 parts per billion.

County Commissioners Tuesday approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Alamo Area Council of Governments and the City of San Antonio for a court order prohibiting heavy vehicles from leaving their engines on idle.

Ryan E. Poppe

The U.S. Supreme Court has placed the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules for coal-fired power plants on hold, while a coalition of 30 state attorneys general led by Texas continues to challenge the constitutionality of rules that would shut down older plants still in operation.



Justices on the high court blocked the enforcement of the Obama administration’s new clean energy plan while the lower courts decide whether the EPA has the legal authority to impose it.


WikiCommons http://bit.ly/1AAyEjX

In the environmental movement, courts have played an important role in legitimizing regulations and creating precedents. But how has the Supreme Court ruled on these issues? 

Oil, Gas, Power, Prices: Big Themes From Big Meet

Apr 24, 2015
C.M. Keiner http://bit.ly/1JD6Gxb / CC

HOUSTON — In the year since the energy industry last gathered in for its big annual confab in Houston, prices for oil and natural gas took a dive that few, if anyone, saw coming.

A chastened parade of energy executives, analysts, academics and government officials from several countries delivered speeches and participated in panels as part of HIS’s CERAWeek energy conference, worrying over prices and making a profit, and speculating on what it could all mean for economies and consumers around the world.