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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Taking the Cake: Sundance had pursued Cheesecake Factory for many years

The Cheesecake Factory had been on the white board over at Sundance Square management for some time

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Fort Worth businessman to lead Abbott, Patrick inauguration efforts

Fort Worth businessman Ardon Moore will chair the committee running inauguration festivities for Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick in January, it was announced on Friday.   Moore, president of Lee M. Bass Inc. in Fort Worth, is a vice chairman of the University of Texas Investment

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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EPA: Texas still No. 1 in carbon dioxide emissions

RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — Greenhouse gas pollution decreased both nationwide and in Texas last year, but the Lone Star State still leads in carbon dioxide emissions, according to a federal report released Wednesday.

Scientists assert that greenhouse gas pollution, most of which is from carbon dioxide emissions, contributes to global warming.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's findings, based on data from more than 8,000 facilities required to report their greenhouse gas emissions to the agency, show a 4.5 percent drop in that pollution nationwide, largely due to a shift from burning coal to natural gas and a slight drop in electricity production.

And while Texas has also made strides, dropping its emissions from stationary sources by 3.4 percent — the state still emitted more than double the carbon dioxide of any other state — more than 392 million metric tons. The second-largest emitter was Indiana, with 155.1 million metric tons.

Some, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, argue climate change is due to natural variation, and not a result of man-made pollution.

Texas' average temperature has risen 1 degree Fahrenheit in the last 30 years.

"We have a special responsibility to our citizens because we also lead the nation in many of the persistable results in terms of drought and agricultural losses, violent storms and torrential rains all of which cost Texas billions of dollars, and it's only going to get worse as the climate warms," said Tom Smith, the Texas director of Public Citizen, a nonpartisan lobbying group that focuses on the environment, health care and other issues.

"The good news is Texas has the ability to resolve this problem by increasing the use of renewables. We're No. 1 in total potential," Smith added.

Texas is home to many of the largest industrial polluters, including petroleum refineries, power plants and chemical facilities. But the state has decreased its reliance on traditional forms of energy and is now also the biggest producer of wind energy.

Renewables are 13 percent of the capacity and 9.8 percent of the energy produced in Texas, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the agency that oversees the state's electric grid.

The Department of Energy reported on Monday a 3.8 percent drop nationwide in carbon dioxide emissions.

 

 

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