House Representative

González, Mary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/07/2019

REP. MARY GONZÁLEZ FILES BILL TO PRODUCE A STATE PREPAREDNESS REPORT FOR CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECTS

AUSTIN - Rising temperatures are projected to endanger the lives of over 1,300 Texans, cause crop yields to decline, and lead to wildfires consuming up to six times more forest area per year. This week, Rep. Mary González filed HB 3023, which would require Texas A&M University to study the effects of climate change and the preparedness of the state to address those effects.

The report will conduct research on the expected economic ramifications on climate change, agriculture and other industries of this state that are vulnerable to climate change, the expected increase in droughts, natural disasters, and other environmental conditions resulting from climate change. Lastly, the bill will study the preparedness of the state to identify, minimize, and mitigate the expected effects.

“The U.S. Department of Defense has conducted a study on climate change threats - why shouldn’t Texas do the same?” said Rep. González. “As the second largest state in the country, we need to do our part to keep Texans safe and protected.”

The creation of a strategic plan to confront the real effects of climate change will allow for the state to prepare for potentially disastrous damage in an array of fields. According to several reports, rising sea levels would cost almost $21 billion in property along the coast less than 15 years from now.

Contact: Caroline Plapinger