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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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Impact in Texas could be huge

The ramifications for industrial operations in Texas from any new U.S. environmental rules on greenhouse gas emissions could be huge.

"Texas is already paying a price as global warming fuels more dangerous heat waves, wildfires and drought," said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas

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News Release | Environment Texas

President Obama’s Climate Plan a Clear Victory for Texas, Future Generations

Austin, TX – Today, President Obama announced a climate plan that will set limits on carbon pollution from power plants, advance energy efficiency and increase the nation’s commitment to renewable energy. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record drought in many states, and wildfires in Colorado, the president’s plan to address global warming was loudly applauded by Environment Texas and many others.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Pres. Obama to Unveil Plan to Address Climate Change

AUSTIN - In the aftermath of record heat, drought and wildfires in Texas, Pres. Obama has announced he will unveil a climate action plan on Tuesday designed to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming and advance clean energy solutions. Environment Texas and many other organizations applauded the announcement.  

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Houston Increases Renewable Energy Footprint

The City of Houston increases its renewable energy consumption to 50-percent. A two year agreement with Reliant Energy will account for half of its electricity demand.

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City of Houston to buy loads of renewable energy

The city of Houston has agreed to purchase half its electricity from renewable sources. "From promoting electric vehicles to adopting some of the strongest energy efficiency standards in the country, Houston is a rising star among clean energy cities," said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas.

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