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

Statement on TX lawsuit against clean water

Today, Attorney General Paxton joined the states of Louisiana and Mississippi to file suit against the EPA's new clean water rule.

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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Report: Solar energy benefits vastly outweigh costs

SAN ANTONIO–Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.

“While some utilities claim they’re subsidizing solar panel owners, our report shows the opposite is probably true,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas.  “If anything, utilities should be paying people who go solar more, not less.”

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Report | Environment Texas

Shining Rewards

Solar energy is on the rise in the United States. At the end of the first quarter of 2015, more than 21,300 megawatts of cumulative solar electric capacity had been installed around the country, enough to power more than 4.3 million homes. The rapid growth of solar energy in the United States is the result of forward-looking policies that are helping the nation reduce its contribution to global warming and expand its use of local renewable energy sources. 

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News Release | Environment Texas

24 legislators earn 100%, 2 earn 0% on Environment Texas scorecard

AUSTIN –Twenty four legislators earned 100% ratings and two earned scores of 0% this past legislative session, according to Environment Texas’ 2015 Legislative Scorecard.

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Environmental Groups Call on Major Retailers to Ban Bee Killing Pesticides | Luke Metzger

This week is Pollinator Week, an "international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles." We celebrated with action - calling on major retailers such as Ace Hardware and True Value to phase out the use of the class of bee killing pesticides knows as neonicotinoids (neonics). 

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