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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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Victory for solar in North Richland Hills | Luke Metzger

Last night, the city council of North Richland Hills (a suburb of Fort Worth) voted 6-1 to largely overturn an anti-solar ordinance they adopted in December. The move came after residents of North Richland Hills delivered over 800 petition signatures to the City Council demanding the ordinance’s repeal.  

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News Release | Environment Texas

Governor expected to sign “Denton fracking bill”

AUSTIN – Governor Abbott is expected to sign HB 40 today, legislation which restricts local governments from adopting many health and safety protections to limit the worst impacts of oil and gas operations.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Officials call on Texas to go big on solar

AUSTIN – Thirty civic leaders from El Paso to Houston today called for the state to generate 20 percent of its electricity from solar power within a decade. The bi-partisan group, which includes the Mayors of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Georgetown and county officials in Pecos, Nueces and El Paso counties, wrote Gov. Abbott and urged him to “make solar energy a key element of Texas’ energy future.” The non-profit Environment Texas Research and Policy Center also announced a plan to distribute door to door 46,000 flyers about how Texas families can go solar.

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Letter to Gov. Abbott on solar energy

Dear Governor Abbott,

As local and state civic leaders, we wish to encourage you to make solar energy a key element of Texas’ energy future. By using solar energy to power our homes, businesses, schools, farms and government buildings, we can reduce pollution, reduce energy bills and boost local economies.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Texas Senate passes bill preempting local drilling standards

AUSTIN - Today the Texas Senate passed HB 40, frequently called the "Denton fracking bill" on a third reading vote of 24-7. The bill, which "expressly preempts" local regulations of the oil and gas industry, now heads to the Governor's desk.

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