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TEXAS CLIMATE CHANGE INDEX  

Information included in the Texas Climate Change Index is drawn from public sources such as government websites, news articles and other public databases.

 

CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY  

  • Number of energy efficiency jobs in Texas: over 150,000
  • Number of energy efficiency businesses in Texas: over 28,000
  • Number of solar companies in Texas: over 647
  • Number of solar jobs in Texas: over 9,600
  • Number of homes that could be powered by solar production in Texas in 2018: nearly 350,000
  • Number of wind turbines in Texas: over 13,600
  • Number of jobs directly supported by wind energy in Texas: up to 26,000
  • Number of homes that could be powered by wind generation in Texas in 2018: over 7,200,000
  • Number of gallons of water saved by Texas wind power generation in 2018: 26,000,000,000
  • Number of metric tons of CO2 emissions avoided by Texas wind power generation in 2018: 54,000,000
  • Number of Texas working in clean energy transmission, distribution, and storage: over 200,000

 

 

EXTREME WEATHER IMPACTS   

  • Number of extreme weather events that caused over $1 billion in economic losses in Texas from 2007-2016: 48
  • People killed by extreme weather in Texas in 2018: 32
  • Number of acres consumed by wildfire in 2018 in Texas: over 569,000
  • Number of Texans at risk of coastal flooding today: 127,000
    • Additional number of Texans projected to be at risk due to sea level rise by 2050: 117,000
  • Average number of heat days Texas faces a year: 60
    • Projected number of heat days Texas would face a year by 2050: 115

 

PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH  

  • Percentage of Texans that believed climate change was happening in 2018: 70%
  • Percentage of Texans that believed climate change was caused mostly by human activities in 2018: 56%
  • Percentage of Texans worried about climate change: 61%
  • Percentage of Texans that supports setting carbon pollution limits on existing coal-fired power plants: 68%