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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 Research and Policy Center

Ten years of progress positions Texas to take renewable energy to the next level

AUSTIN - Since 2007, Texas has seen a 21,466% increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a 639% increase in wind power production, according to a new report released today by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. The report also highlights Texas’ leadership in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles, but finds Texas ranked 47th for improvements in electricity energy efficiency programs. 

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Renewables on the Rise

Clean energy is sweeping across America, and is poised for further dramatic growth in the years ahead.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Since January, Texas congressional delegation mostly disappoints when it comes to our environment and families' health

AUSTIN - Today Environment Texas released its federal scorecard evaluating how the Texas Congressional delegation has voted when it comes to supporting clean air and clean water and other environmental protections.   State Director Luke Metzger released the following statement: “If this were my spring report card, I’d make sure my parents were in a really good mood before I showed it to them.  An average score of 27% for our congressional delegation means the majority of our elected officials need to do way more homework when it comes to protecting Texas’ beloved mountains, rivers, and streams and ensuring a sustainable climate for our families.

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News Release | Environment America

House Bill Would Shift America Entirely to Clean Energy By 2050

Today, Representatives Jared Polis (CO), Jared Huffman (CA), Raul Grijalva (AZ) and Pramila Jayapal (WA) introduced a bill to phase out fossil fuels and completely replace them with clean, renewable energy by 2050.

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News Release | Environment Texas

US House votes to weaken Clean Air Act

HOUSTON - Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted 235-188 to adopt H.R. 806, sponsored by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land). Dubbed the “Smoggy Skies Act,” the measure would permanently weaken the Clean Air Act, block updated ozone pollution limits for years, and impose sweeping changes to future standards for smog-forming ozone and five other major air pollutants.

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