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More Americans believe in climate change, UT poll shows

A majority of Americans now believe climate change is occurring, with growing support for environmental protection in several areas among Democrats and millennials, according to a new poll conducted by the University of Texas at Austin. More than 3 out of 4 Americans believe in climate change, up from 68 percent a year ago, the nationwide UT Energy Poll reported ...

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Fracking boom on UT’s West Texas lands linked to spills, air pollution

The hydraulic fracturing boom on University of Texas System lands in West Texas has polluted soil, groundwater and air, according to a report to be released Tuesday by an environmental group and a think tank. At least 1.6 million gallons of oil, saltwater and other pollutants have spilled from wells and associated equipment on UT System-owned land since 2008, said ...

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High achievers STEM Academy performs well on state exams

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin STEM Academy either matched or surpassed state passing rates on the State of Texas Assessments for Academic Readiness. The scores also showed STEM far above both Ector County Independent School District and the Midland Independent School District in passing percentages. Results are for reading, writing and science. The tests were administered in ...

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Taylor pushes ND to be “As good as Norway”

In a 2011 New York Times article, Michael E. Webber, associate director for the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas, offered a grim perspective of North Dakota’s gas flaring habit: “North Dakota is not as bad as Kazakhstan, but this is not what you would expect a civilized, efficient society to do: to flare ...

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Republican Abbott becomes Texas’ 1st new governor since 2000

AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Greg Abbott was sworn in Tuesday as Texas’ first new governor in 14 years and promised the state will stay as defiantly conservative as ever — vowing to battle Washington on spending, regulation and any federal initiative “that uses the guise of fairness to rob us of our freedom.” Fighter jets streaked through sunny skies, ceremonial ...

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Texas hiring strong in September

SAN ANTONIO — Buoyed by oil and gas production, Texas racked up a record-breaking 413,700 new jobs over the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, thanks to a strong showing last month. The San Antonio area isn’t doing too shabbily, either. Its jobless rate fell to 4.7 percent in September, down from 5 percent in August, the Federal Reserve Bank of ...

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