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We stopped 20 state parks from closing

After devastating budget cuts in 2011, this spring, the Legislature restored funding for state and local parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had warned that 20 state parks would have to close without additional funds. But after a public outcry—including thousands of petition signatures from Environment Texas members—the Legislature boosted funding by $62 million. That's enough to keep all our state parks open, make critical repairs, replant trees destroyed by wildfire at Bastrop State Park, and to give grants to cities to build new parks, ball fields and playgrounds.

News Release | Environment Texas

Texas House votes to undermine local drilling health and safety rules

AUSTIN - Today the Texas House of Representatives voted 122-18 to "expressly preempt" local ordinances on oil and gas drilling and rejected amendments to preserve city authority to protect parks and public health. Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger expressed outrage, saying HB 40 undermines health and safety protections in more than 300 cities.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Texas Senate votes to repeal successful renewable energy law

"It's a big mistake to end the renewable energy program," said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. "The Senate voted to pull the rug out from under the wind and solar industries just as they're taking off and helping our environment and economy. They are unfairly targeting wind and solar even as the vast majority of state subsidies go to fossil fuels. This is bad policy and will bite us in the rear when we're looking for ways to comply with new federal environmental standards."

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Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

10 Ways to Help Your City Go Solar

Last month's Shining Cities report detailed how cities are good for solar and solar is good for cities. We've seen some impressive strides across the nation to momentously expand our solar capabilities. But we're not where we need to be yet. To obtain a clean energy future your cities and towns need to do even more. Here's how to push them in the right direction! 

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News Release | Environment Texas

Civic leaders denounce drilling bill that threatens DFW residents’ health and safety

DALLAS – With the Legislature scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill preempting municipal and county oil and gas drilling ordinances, Dallas civic and environmental leaders said the legislation puts local control to protect health and safety at risk, making Dallas and the region's populations vulnerable to fire, pollution and other dangers.

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News Release | Environment Texas

San Antonio ranks 7th in nation for solar power

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 7th among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report. San Antonio’s berth in the “solar sweet sixteen,” just behind Indianapolis and ahead of Denver, was owed primarily to smart contracts between the municipally owned utility, CPS Energy, and solar companies to build multiple solar farms totaling 400 MW, or enough to power over 31,000 homes, once completed.

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