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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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Drought Helps Fracking Foes Build Momentum for Recycling

Environmentalists in Texas are lobbying the Legislature to pass water-conservation requirements during next year’s session. In Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission on July 16 suspended water intake for companies including Talisman Energy Inc. (TLM)Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM)

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Oink! Oink! Activists Roast ‘Water Hogs’ at Trinity Duck Pond

The journalists almost outnumbered the handful of activists at a Wednesday press conference on water conservation organized by Austin-based Environment Texas.

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San Antonio emerging as a leader in power availability for electric vehicles

A new report by Environment Texas says the Alamo City leads the nation in getting electric vehicle chargers into San Antonio homes. On Wednesday, there was a demonstration of four charging stations at Wonderland Mall.

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Austin Wind Advocates Protest For Tax Credit Renewal

A small group of demonstrators protested outside of Texas Senator John Cornyn’s Austin office Tuesday afternoon to get him to change his stance on a soon to expire wind production tax credit.

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Protesters to Cornyn: Support Wind Credits

A small group gathered outside Sen. John Cornyn’s Austin office this afternoon, calling for the renewal of tax credits for wind energy.

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