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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

30 Local Elected Officials Join 600 Nationally, Tell President Obama: Act on Climate

AUSTIN – President Obama today received a letter signed by 30 Texas elected officials, including El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and Houston Senators Rodney Ellis and Sylvia Garcia, thanking him for his leadership on addressing climate change and pledging their support as local partners in implementing carbon pollution standards for power plants and other key components of the president’s Climate Action Plan. In total, more than 600 local elected officials from across the U.S. signed the letter.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas Welcomes EPA Proposal to Cut Refinery Pollution

AUSTIN - Environment Texas praised a draft proposal announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would require refineries to reduce toxic emissions and install fence line monitors to detect — and warn residents about — pollutants emitted into surrounding neighborhoods. 

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Community leaders ask Rep. Doggett to protect Texans from fracking | Luke Metzger

On Friday, more than 50 elected officials, environmental and business leaders, academics and health professionals wrote Congressman Lloyd Doggett (Austin) urging him to help protect Texans from the worst impacts of fracking by co-sponsoring the CLEANER Act, which would close the loophole that exempts fracking from key provisions of the nation's hazardous waste laws. The letter follows.

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Legislature examines "frackquakes" | Luke Metzger

Add earthquakes to the growing list of dangers fracking poses to Texas. On Monday, the House Energy Resources Subcommittee on Seismic Activity held a hearing in Austin to address the increased seismic activity reported in the Barnett Shale and other areas of the state.  The meeting comes as a response to the recent events in the northern Texas towns of Azle and Reno where, since November of 2013, local Texans have experienced an unprecedented number of earthquakes.  A growing body of scientific evidence has linked the disposal of fracking waste deep underground, and even the fracking process itself, to the recent increase in earthquakes in Texas. 

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Worse global warming effects ahead for Texas, federal report says

But Luke Metzger, director of the advocacy group Environment Texas, said climate change is already harming Texas and called greenhouse limits on coal vital.

“This isn’t the only action we need to solve the climate crises,” he said. “But it’s a big step, and taking one step at a time is the only way to move forward.”

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