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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 Senate passes bill preempting local drilling standards

AUSTIN - Today the Texas Senate passed HB 40, frequently called the "Denton fracking bill" on a third reading vote of 24-7. The bill, which "expressly preempts" local regulations of the oil and gas industry, now heads to the Governor's desk.

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Yes, Texas has some green Republicans

Last weekend, tens of thousands of Texans gathered in Fair Park to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. We’ve made a lot of progress since 1970 in reducing air and water pollution and building a cleaner, healthier future.

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Report | Environment America Research & 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

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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