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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

Governor expected to sign “Denton fracking bill”

AUSTIN – Governor Abbott is expected to sign HB 40 today, legislation which restricts local governments from adopting many health and safety protections to limit the worst impacts of oil and gas operations.

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Messing with Texas: Can the state block the EPA's Clean Power Plan?

Lone Star State legislators think they have devised a way to keep the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) from messing with Texas.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Officials call on Texas to go big on solar

AUSTIN – Thirty civic leaders from El Paso to Houston today called for the state to generate 20 percent of its electricity from solar power within a decade. The bi-partisan group, which includes the Mayors of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Georgetown and county officials in Pecos, Nueces and El Paso counties, wrote Gov. Abbott and urged him to “make solar energy a key element of Texas’ energy future.” The non-profit Environment Texas Research and Policy Center also announced a plan to distribute door to door 46,000 flyers about how Texas families can go solar.

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Letter to Gov. Abbott on solar energy

Dear Governor Abbott,

As local and state civic leaders, we wish to encourage you to make solar energy a key element of Texas’ energy future. By using solar energy to power our homes, businesses, schools, farms and government buildings, we can reduce pollution, reduce energy bills and boost local economies.

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Texas Senate approves fracking bill

AUSTIN — With hardly any debate, the Texas Senate on Monday easily approved a House bill that would make it clear that it is the state — not local governments — which has the authority to regulate the oil and gas industry in Texas.

The final vote for House Bill 40 was 24-7.

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