Kip Averitt

The Houston Ship Channel stretches 52 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the city of Houston. Sea levels have risen 2.2 feet over the last century at Galveston, the main barrier island protecting the Ship Channel from a big storm.

The ‘Texas miracle’ is fueling huge economic growth — and the climate change that may end it


Texas is the biggest climate polluter in the U.S. It’s also is also extremely vulnerable to some of the impacts of climate change. But the state’s most prominent politicians say they don’t believe that climate change is real. It all adds up to a big problem for Texas and the rest of us.

Green conservatives gather in Texas (from left): Kip Averitt, Former Texas Republican Senator and head of the Texas Clean Energy Coalition; former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis; Eli Lehrer of conservative think tank R Street Institute; Debbie Dool

The ‘green conservative’ movement has some big players — and an uphill battle ahead