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Irving-based ExxonMobil pledges to go net-zero by 2050

An ExxonMobil oil refiner in Baton Rouge.
An ExxonMobil oil refiner in Baton Rouge. Photo: Barry Lewis/InPictures via Getty Images

ExxonMobil has committed to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from all of its operations by 2050, a step the company says is in line with the Paris Agreement.

Why it matters: Some investors and environmental activists have pressured the Irving-based oil giant to do more to reduce its emissions and address its contributions to climate change.

North Texas housing inventory is down 49 percent since 2019

New house being constructed
Photo: LM OteroAP Photo

The available housing inventory in North Texas has dropped to near half of what it was before the pandemic, according to a new report from Zillow.

Why it matters: While the supply of homes is down significantly, the demand for housing is way up. So prices are still climbing.

Michael Mooney
Jan 24, 2022 - News

City of Dallas revokes poker room permit

A strip mall card room
This strip mall poker room attracts hundreds of players every day. Photo: Brandon Donner for Axios

The Texas Card House in Northwest Dallas received a letter from the city attorney revoking the permit that allows the business to operate, noting that the card room has been “keeping a gambling place,” according to a report from CBS11.

Why it matters: Texas Card House has been open to the public since 2020, after the city approved the permit. Hundreds of people gather there every day to play poker.

Michael Mooney
Jan 24, 2022 - News

Abbott unveils "Parental Bill of Rights"

Greg Abbott with his finger in the air
Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled the outline of a proposed “Parental Bill of Rights” that would give parents — and not schools — the right to decide if a student should repeat a grade.

Why it matters: Abbott said he wants to amend the Texas Constitution to make parents the “main decision makers in all matters” involving their children, which mirrors a national push from conservatives fueled by contentious battles over how race and sexuality are addressed in public schools.

Michael Mooney
Jan 21, 2022 - News

Texas energy company threatens to cut off plants powering 400,000 homes

Kelcy Warrent wearing a microphone headset
Kelcy Warren, co-founder of Energy Transfer Partners, is one of Gov. Abbott's biggest donors. Photo: Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg via Getty Images

One of Texas’ largest power providers asked state regulators to force the Dallas-based pipeline company Energy Transfer to continue natural gas service to its power plants.

  • Luminant Corp. says that Energy Transfer has threatened to stop providing natural gas to its plants as soon as Monday because of $21.6 million in fees related to last February's winter storm, according to a report from WFAA.

Why it matters: Luminant power plants provide energy to 400,000 Texas homes, businesses, schools and hospitals.

Things to do in Dallas this weekend

Illustration of neon signs with the days of the week. Lights go out one by one and "weekend" flashes.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

It's going to be cold all weekend. Here are a few ways to stay warm.

Tasha Tsiaperas
Jan 20, 2022 - News

Freakonomics covers why everyone's moving to Dallas

A photo of the Dallas skyline through a bridge
Sure is a pretty skyline. Photo: Valerie Macon for AFP via Getty Images

Lifelong New Yorker and Freakonomics host Stephen Dubner had one question: What's the deal with Dallas and why are so many people moving here?

  • The first episode of a two-part series on the appeal of Dallas dropped Wednesday.
Tasha Tsiaperas
Jan 20, 2022 - News

Screen Time with Dallas workforce czar Lynn McBee

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Lynn McBee

Lynn McBee, a philanthropist and CEO of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, was recently named Dallas’ workforce czar. She was appointed to the role by Mayor Eric Johnson, her former mayoral opponent.

As part of our regular Screen Time feature, we will examine how some of the most interesting people in North Texas interact with technology. Here’s how McBee clicks: