Complex environmental systems are frequently broken into politically manageable pieces, and a policy focusing on a single environmental issue can undermine other policy priorities. It is a nontrivial concern that domestic and international legislation focused on reducing emissions of climate-related pollution have not adequately considered policy effects on related systems like water. The goal of this work is to assess the possible effects of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES, passed by the House of Representatives in June) on water resources in Texas.

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