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Restarting Texas’s Frozen Energy Heartland Will Be a Climate Mess

Turning petrochemical plants off and on again requires flaring and other large sources of pollution

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What Contributed to the Texas Energy Crisis?
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Like a cold-blooded animal—a lizard or a snake—the petrochemical hub that is the state of Texas went dormant during the deep freeze. Eventually, it’ll wake up again, and when it does the damage will be worse than if it never went to sleep.

Filings submitted in recent days to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or TCEQ, already show significant emissions related to stopping and restarting fossil fuel infrastructure. It’s an indication of what’s to come in a state that’s home to a quarter of U.S. natural gas production as well as half the oil production.