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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.

Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Driving Cleaner

America’s dependence on gasoline as a transportation fuel worsens global warming and threatens public health. Increasing the use of electric vehicles – especially those powered by clean, renewable sources of electricity – can protect the climate and help America get off oil.

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Texas lawmakers seek gas tax alternative as electric car industry grows

“Electric cars are putting the brakes on pollution.” That’s the headline from a report released Tuesday by Environment Texas.

"They work, absolutely,” said Luke Metzger, who is the Director for Environment Texas.

You can’t deny the numbers. There are 220,000 plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles currently rolling on American roadways. Adding more, Metzger argues, will help fight global warming.

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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Over 16 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into Texas’ Waterways

AUSTIN--Industrial facilities dumped more than 16 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Texas’ waterways, making Texas’ waterways the 2nd worst in the nation, according to a new report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.  The Wasting Our Waters report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in Texas and across the nation.

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Wasting Our Waterways

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year – threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), toxic discharges from industrial facilities are responsible for polluting more than 17,000 miles of rivers and about 210,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide.

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Advocacy Group Starts Water Conservation Campaign

It's not an easy task when it's more than 90 degrees outside.

Environment Texas went door to door Monday in South Austin to get face to face with residents, talking to them about the drought and how they can save water.

"Nothing really replaces that good, old-fashioned, face-to-face conversation with someone to talk about the most important issues of our day," Luke Metzger with Environment Texas said. "Not only to talk to them about it, but also to hear back from them."

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