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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

Outdoor recreation generates $28.7 billion in spending, supports 277,000 jobs in Texas

AUSTIN - This week the Outdoor Industry Association released a state by state analysis of the economic impact of outdoor recreation.  In Texas, the outdoor recreation economy generates $28.7 billion in consumer spending and supports 277,000 direct jobs. The report comes as the Texas Legislature considers a funding crisis in Texas state and local parks that could see the closure of some state parks

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News Release | Environment Texas

San Antonio, Austin support 85 percent of Texas solar energy installations

AUSTIN – The municipally owned utilities in San Antonio and Austin have supported the installation of four times more solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity than the rest of Texas combined or 85 percent of the state total, according to a new Environment Texas Research and Policy Center report. The report release comes as the Legislature considers new programs to expand solar to the rest of the state.

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Reaching for the Sun

Texas has the nation’s greatest potential for solar energy. “Going solar” is a smart solution for Texas—it reduces our reliance on fossil fuels, curbs air pollution, saves water, creates local jobs and keeps money in the local economy. Austin and San Antonio are showing how Texas can expand the use of solar energy and reap the benefits. The electric utilities in San Antonio and Austin have installed four times more solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity than the rest of Texas combined.

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News Release | Environment Texas

El Paso Electric ranks distant 3rd for solar in Texas

AUSTIN – El Paso Electric ranks 3rd in the state among utilities for solar installed per customer, according to a new Environment Texas Research and Policy Center report. The report release comes as the Legislature considers new programs to expand solar to the rest of the state.  

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News Release | Environment Texas

President Obama Outlines Plan to Tackle Global Warming with Clean Energy

AUSTIN – Tonight, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas, responded with the following statement: “Tonight, President Obama backed up his bold words on addressing global warming from his inaugural address by outlining clean energy solutions that will pave the way towards a cleaner, healthier future.

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