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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.

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Drilling bans and limits threatened in Leg

If some Austin lawmakers are successful, oil and gas drilling could be coming to a school, playground, or daycare center near you.

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Energy interests are threatening local control

Run, don’t walk. If some Austin lawmakers are successful, oil and gas drilling could be coming to a school, playground or day care center near you.

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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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Solar energy growing fast in Houston and California

In the Houston area, installed solar panels were up 22 percent last year as some homeowners and businesses decided to generate their own electricity, according to Environment Texas. While the investment will take years to pay for itself, these consumers are making profitable hedges against higher electricity rates.

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S.A. No. 7 among cities going solar

San Antonio ranks seventh among most major U.S. cities in existing or planned solar power installations, a study by an environmental organization reported Thursday.

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