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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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Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit | Luke Metzger

If America were to take advantage of just a fraction of its wind energy potential to get 30 percent of its electricity from the wind by 2030, the nation could cut carbon emissions from power plants to 40 percent below 2005 levels. That much pollution-free energy would help states meet and exceed the emission reductions called for by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, and help the nation meet its commitment to cut U.S. carbon pollution by 32 percent by 2030. To ensure that wind power is a central component of the Clean Power Plan, strong federal incentives are needed to help drive this clean, renewable energy. 

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News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas decries Texas lawsuit on Clean Power Plan

"In a month where we've seen new heat records, raging wildfires, and now the worst hurricane ever recorded, it is unconscionable that Attorney General Paxton is fighting this life-saving measure to combat dangerous global warming," said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. "Polls show Texans support action on climate, as do many businesses across the state, but instead of representing the people, General Paxton is carrying water for big polluters. Texas needs to stop the dangerous obstructionism and get to work reducing pollution and moving Texas to a cleaner, healthier future."

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Texas Part of Coalition Suing EPA Over Clean Power Plan

Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger, meanwhile, described the lawsuit as “unconscionable” given the obvious effects of climate change.

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Great opportunity for Texas clean air activists | Sara E Smith

Four Days of Play, Peers, Planning and Productive Protest 

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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

ERCOT report predicts 5100 percent increase in solar

AUSTIN - A new report by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) predicts major increases in the use of solar power to meet Texas' energy needs. The report, which reviews the impacts of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules - including the Clean Power Plan (CPP) - on Texas' electric grid, predicts solar will increase from 250 megawatts (mw) today to 13,000 mw by 2030 - an increase of 5100 percent - even without the new EPA rules. A year earlier ERCOT predicted the state would generate 9,900 mw by 2029, an increase in their estimate Environment Texas Research and Policy Center called "remarkable". The report estimates that with the EPA rules, solar will increase to as high as 14,100 mw by 2030.

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