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News Release | TexPIRG | COVID-19

TexPIRG statement on Gov. Abbott’s reopening announcement

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that he is loosening coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and businesses in many parts of the state. Businesses will be allowed to operate at 75 percent capacity. 

This is happening even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study last week that found that adults who tested positive for COVID-19 were about twice as likely to have eaten at a restaurant in the two weeks prior to getting sick. 

In response, TexPIRG Director Bay Scoggin released the following statement:

“Some of the top economists in Texas, and across the country, have told Governor Abbott in no uncertain terms that the economy will not recover until he gets the virus under control. Yet, the governor is loosening restrictions while COVID-19 cases are still well above the levels that health professionals deem safe for reopening. 

News Release | TexPIRG | COVID-19

TexPIRG statement on Gov. Abbott’s reopening announcement

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that he is loosening coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and businesses in many parts of the state. Businesses will be allowed to operate at 75 percent capacity. 

This is happening even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study last week that found that adults who tested positive for COVID-19 were about twice as likely to have eaten at a restaurant in the two weeks prior to getting sick. 

In response, TexPIRG Director Bay Scoggin released the following statement:

“Some of the top economists in Texas, and across the country, have told Governor Abbott in no uncertain terms that the economy will not recover until he gets the virus under control. Yet, the governor is loosening restrictions while COVID-19 cases are still well above the levels that health professionals deem safe for reopening. 

News Release | TexPIRG | COVID-19

Top economists call on Governor Abbott to Start Over and Do It Right to contain COVID-19

“Our nation’s economy will remain in crisis as long as the COVID-19 virus spreads unchecked,” according to an open letter economists from leading universities signed in response to the botched pandemic response across the United States. The letter, circulated by U.S. PIRG, calls on public officials to “Start Over and Do It Right” to contain COVID-19 this time. TexPIRG delivered the letter to Governor Abbott today, emphasizing that the state cannot reopen safely until the virus is under control. 

“As experts on economic theory and practice, we have come together to insist that you reconsider your understanding of the economic reality we face. By opening the economy and thus encouraging people to meet up at bars, gyms, restaurants, stores and other gatherings, we are prolonging the harm. Those meetings drive up disease, and therefore deaths,” notes the letter.

The letter comes when Governor Abbott recently hinted at easing coronavirus restrictions. “We are still nowhere near where we need to be to reopen,” said Bay Scoggin, TexPIRG Director. “We jumped the gun last time, can’t we learn from our mistakes?”

News Release | U.S. PIRG & Environment Texas

Statement: BioLab chemical fire during Hurricane Laura

As Hurricane Laura rushed through Louisiana and southeastern Texas early Thursday, a chemical plant caught fire in Lake Charles, La. The facility is reportedly leaking chlorine, which can cause blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, and even fluid in the lungs. To prevent or mitigate future disasters like this, we must minimize our reliance on dangerous chemicals and fossil fuels.

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Hurricane Laura coverage: Data, resources and interview opportunities

As Hurricane Laura bears down on the Gulf Coast, The Public Interest Network (which includes U.S. PIRG, Environment America, and state groups in Texas, where landfall is likely) is sharing information to help you cover the major environmental, health and consumer problems that Laura may cause.

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