July 15, 2021 - Houston Chronicle, Jay Jordan / Texas Observer, Megan Kimble -

Think about this the next time you start your car.

Texas drivers account for nearly half a percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, according to a Texas Department of Transportation study. To put it into context, urbanist Payton Chung says that's more than the entire railroad industry.

The study, from 2018, was highlighted in Megan Kimble's cover story for the July/August edition of the Texas Observer showcasing how the state transportation department spends a majority of its funding on highways instead of other projects.

With rising emissions choking the atmosphere, Kimble analyzes how the state got to be so friendly to motor vehicles (as opposed to other safer, more reliable and efficient modes of transportation) and the real-life cost of clinging to cars.

Read more: https://www.texasobserver.org/the-road-home/      https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/transportation/article/texas-cars-pollution-carbon-dioxide-16316641.php