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Alliance Launched To Save Bees

Sixty-five chefs, restaurant owners and other culinary leaders joined us to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance. Through the Alliance, chefs and restaurateurs are calling attention to the importance of bees to our food supply, the dramatic die-off of bee populations, and the need to protect our pollinators. LEARN MORE.

News Release | Environment Texas

Senators Cornyn and Hutchison Vote to Increase Texas's Oil Dependence, But Big Oil Bailout Rejected By Senate

As the damage escalates from the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Environment Texas criticized Senator Cornyn and Senator Hutchison today for voting in favor of legislation that would have blocked new rules requiring cars and light trucks to use less oil.  A recent analysis found that the Senate measure rejected today would have increased Texas’s dependence on oil by more than 37 million gallons in 2016.  The binding resolution, which was rejected by the U.S. Senate today by a vote of 47-53 and which was introduced by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, also would have cost Texans $99 million at the gas pump in 2016.  The environmental and economic impacts would have been even greater over time.

“The Gulf disaster is a painful reminder that we must move our country off of oil.  We’re extremely disappointed that today Senator Cornyn and Senator Hutchison voted instead to give another Washington bailout to Big Oil and other polluters,” said Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger.  “Rather than make tragedies like the Gulf disaster more likely and further delay our transition to a clean energy economy, Senator Cornyn and Senator Hutchison should instead help pass a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill through the Senate this year.”

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News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas Launches Campaign to Hold BP Accountable for Oil Spill

Environment Texas announced today a door-to-door citizen organizing drive to push President Obama to hold BP fully accountable for the Gulf oil spill, improve safety at existing rigs in the Gulf and prevent plans to allow new offshore drilling. The BP oil spill is now the largest oil spill in U.S. history leaving eleven workers killed, oil in our wetlands, tourism and fishing economies in a shambles, and sea turtles and sea birds coated in oil. There is also the potential for wide scale dead zones throughout the affected areas. 

“We are working to make sure oil companies, and not taxpayers, pay to clean up oil spills and compensate fishermen,” said Ross Barnard, Campaign Coordinator for Environment Texas.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas Welcomes President’s Six Month Moratorium, Calls for Permanent Ban on Drilling New Areas

After 35 days of the largest oil spill in U.S. history, it appears that BP is finally bringing some control over the river of oil gushing into the Gulf.  U.S. Geological Survey Director Dr. Marcia McNutt announced earlier today that the disaster has already released between 17 and 39 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf, a substantial revision upward in the official size of the spill and one and one half to almost four times the size of the Exxon-Valdez spill. In a press conference this afternoon President Obama cancelled a pending lease sale off Virginia near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, a suspension of drilling planned for the Arctic this summer, and continued the temporary suspension of deepwater drilling in the Gulf.  Environment Texas reiterated its call for a permanent ban on drilling in new areas and thanked the President for canceling the lease sale off Virginia and delaying development of the Arctic leases.

 Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger said, "In light of what is now the largest oil spill in U.S. history, we thank President Obama for canceling the Virginia lease sale and delaying drilling in the Arctic but he must do more to ensure this doesn’t happen again. If nothing else, the BP oil spill highlights the fact that if you drill, you will spill and the President needs to permanently protect the Gulf of Mexico and the rest of our treasured coastlines by banning drilling in new places”

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Report | Environment Texas

Building Better: How High-Efficiency Buildings Will Save Money and Reduce Global Warming

America is the largest consumer of energy in the world, and the majority of this energy comes from dirty and dangerous sources like coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power. Our continued reliance on these fuels contributes to global warming, undermines our energy independence, and costs American families and businesses more and more money every year.

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Report | Environment Texas

State Leadership and the National Clean Cars Program

America’s dependence on oil threatens our economy and harms our environment. Roughly half of all the oil we use in the United States goes into the gas tanks of our cars and light trucks. The oil we use in our vehicles is also a major contributor to global warming.

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