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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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Comments of Judge Jenkins & Trammell Crow on Clean Power Plan | Luke Metzger

Yesterday, Environment Texas held a news conference to highlight local support for the EPA's Clean Power Plan. Here are the prepared remarks of our speakers, including me, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, businessman and Earth Day Texas founder Trammell Crow, and Melissa Ashmore of Interfaith Power and Light.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Dallas leaders speak out for Clean Power Plan, action on global warming

DALLAS - Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, philanthropist Trammell Crow and other DFW-area leaders joined together on Thursday to endorse the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan as critical to tackling global warming, reducing health damaging air pollution, and promoting investment in clean energy. The rule requires Texas power plants to reduce carbon emissions approximately 34% by 2030.

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Clean Water – Getting the facts straight | Sara E Smith

Despite recent victories, big polluters and their allies in Austin and DC are waging a political, legal and public relations war against clean water, spreading misinformation and threatening to undo all of the progress we’ve made.

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Clean air - What's the big deal? | Sara E Smith

Pollution from refineries and chemical plants makes people sick, from serious trouble breathing, to heart attacks and even premature death. But, state regulators, like the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality), largely look the other way even when we know for a fact that big polluters are breaking the law.

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Dirty coal's war on clean water | Sara E Smith

Murray Energy, the third largest coal company in the nation, recently filed a lawsuit to derail the biggest step to protect clean water in more than a decade.

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