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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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Water use questioned related to fracking payoff in Texas

In this South Texas stretch of mesquite trees and cactus, where the land is sometimes too dry to grow crops, the local aquifer is being strained in the search for oil. The reason is hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a drilling process that requires massive amounts of water.

The industry is “absolutely not doing enough” to reduce water use, said Luke Metzger, the director of the group  Environment Texas.

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Local Parks Grants at Risk at TX Legislature

In 2011, the 82nd Texas Legislature suspended funding for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Local Park Grant Programs created

in Chapter 24 Parks and Wildlife Code, that provide matching funds assistance to Texas’ local governments for local

park and recreation acquisition and facility development and outdoor outreach programs. These grants have been

made in the past from dedicated revenues from State sporting goods sales taxes.

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Wind Energy: Good for Texas’ Environment. Good for Texas Consumers.

Texas is a world leader in wind energy. Wind energy has brought new jobs, new revenue for land-owners, a cleaner environment, and lower electricity prices to Texas. Texas’ leadership in wind energy is no accident – it is the result of policies such as the state’s Renewable Electricity Standard. Some, however, are now calling for Texas to reverse its commitment to wind energy because wind is making wholesale electricity 
too cheap – reducing the financial incentive to build new power plants.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Landmark Texas Renewable Energy Law Target of Industry-Backed Repeal Effort

“Rep. Sanford’s bill doesn’t make any sense,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “Renewable energy has been a huge success story in Texas. We shouldn’t take the wind out of the sails of an industry that’s creating jobs, reducing pollution and saving water.”

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Skepticism, please, on 'trade secrets'

And, as Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, suggests, the state needs more definition for what constitutes such a secret.

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