Impact on Air Quality of Alternate Strategies for the Production, Distribution and Utilization of Energy in Texas 1975-2000
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This study is significant since major shifts in fuels used in Texas are expected. The reduced availability and increased cost of natural gas is making the use of other energy sources such as solid and liquid fossil fuels more attractive. The use of these alternate fuels is expected to result in increased emissions to the Texas atmosphere of air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and particulate matter. While air pollution control technology is readily available, the application of this technology is costly and should not be required unless necessary to protect the population from exposure to unacceptable levels of pollution. The purpose of this study is to examine possible energy growth patterns and translate this growth into resulting effects on the Texas air environment.