Al Armendariz: The TT Interview — Energy | The Texas Tribune
Armendariz: The one environmental issue that I think is most critical for Texas is climate change. 2011 was the year of our drought of record as well as the hottest year we’ve ever had. And the best scientists in the U.S., in government and at universities are telling us that with climate change, drought might become more prevalent and severe in Texas and the rest of the American Southwest. I’m very concerned about 2011 becoming an example of what every year is going to be like in the future, and having year after year and decade after decade like what all of us experienced in 2011. And so I think government at all levels has to really prioritize reducing greenhouse gas emissions or we run the risk in this state of losing so much precipitation that it’s going to be a big challenge to supply drinking water to the cities as well as to the ranchers and growers and freshwater to the coastal ecosystems. So that I think is the most important environmental problem.