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.

Blog Post

Big coal SUES clean water | Luke Metzger

The biggest private coal company in America just sued the Obama administration to stop the most important step for clean water in a decade.

> Keep Reading
Blog Post

Mysterious Tar Balls Wash Up on Texas Coast, Threatening Wildlife | Luke Metzger

Five different species of sea turtles that nest at Padre Island are now being threatened by offshore oil drilling. Over the past couple of months, mysterious tar balls have been washing up along the Texas coast. These accumulations of crude oil range from only a couple of inches to nearly two feet long, and stretch along thousands of yards of the Texas coastline. The tar is detrimental to the viability of the turtle’s eggs, and even a small amount could prove fatal to the baby turtles within. Padre Island is a very ecologically sensitive area, as it is the only place in Texas where all five species of turtles found in the Gulf of Mexico nest. These tar balls are threatening enough, but what’s truly unsettling is that we have no idea where they’re coming from.

> Keep Reading
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.

> Keep Reading
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.”

> Keep Reading
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. 

> Keep Reading