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

Austin to get 13% of electricity from solar

AUSTIN - The Austin city council voted 8-2-1 to negotiate and execute contracts for between 112 - 162 megawatts (mw) of additional solar energy by 2017. Combined with 288 mw of solar approved two weeks ago and earlier solar investments, the city of Austin is on track to generate approximately 13% of its power from solar energy by 2017. In addition, the council called for 150 mw more to be built or contracted by 2019. The investments are expected to save consumers money over the life of the contracts, reduce global warming pollution, and reclaim leadership from San Antonio for the leading city in Texas on solar.

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Consumer Energy Alliance among nation’s top solar energy opponents, says report

AUSTIN –Along with the Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Consumer Energy Alliance is one of 12 special interest group running the most aggressive anti-solar campaigns in the country, said a new report by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center.

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Blocking the Sun

Solar power is clean, affordable and popular with the American people. Since 2010, America’s solar energy capacity has grown more than four-fold, generating increasing amounts of clean energy at increasingly affordable prices. America’s solar progress is largely the result of bold, forward-thinking public policies that have created a strong solar industry while putting solar energy within the financial reach of millions more Americans.

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EPA: Keep the pressure on major air pollutors | Sara E Smith

This week, Environment Texas and dozens of public health, environmental justice and clean air advocates from across the country sent a letter to EPA asking that they keep the pressure on major air polluters that illegally release hazardous chemicals into our communities.

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News Release | Environment Texas

New EPA smog rules are an improvement, but not good enough

“Less health-threatening pollution is better, but it’s not good enough for the more than half a million kids in Texas with asthma and all of us who want to breathe clean air.”

-- Sara E. Smith, Environment Texas

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