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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.

Report | Environment Texas

Corporate Agribusinesses and America's Waterways

Pollution from agribusiness is responsible for some of America’s most intractable water quality problems – including the “dead zones” in the Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico and Lake Erie, and the pollution of countless streams and lakes with nutrients, bacteria, sediment and pesticides. 

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Report | Environment Texas

Gobbling Less Gas for Thanksgiving

America’s dependence on oil puts our environment, economy, and national security at risk.  Whether it is the scars left by the oil spill disaster in the Gulf, the $1 billion that American families and businesses send overseas every day for oil, or the nearly 2 billion metric tons of global warming pollution that pollute our air each year, these problems demand that we break our dependence on oil.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Environmental Groups and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. Agree To Settlement of Clean Air Act Lawsuit

HOUSTON – Sierra Club and Environment Texas announced today that they have filed a proposed Consent Decree in federal court that would settle their Clean Air Act lawsuit against Chevron Phillips Chemical Company.  If approved by U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas, the settlement agreement would bring significant changes to the company’s Cedar Bayou Chemical Plant, a complex of manufacturing facilities located in Baytown that is one of the largest in the Houston area. 

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News Release | Environment Texas

First Ever U.S. Solar Jobs Census Shows Growth in Solar Workforce

Austin, TX – Environment Texas today released a new report from the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit solar education and research organization. The report found that Texas has the 3rd most solar related jobs in the country with an estimated 6,000 people employed by the solar industry. Environment Texas was joined by local solar Business owner, Quentin Keith who employs people right here in Austin, TX as well as Representative Eddie Rodriquez The report is a first-of-its-kind review of the solar workforce in the United States, titled, “National Solar Jobs Census 2010: A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce.” According to the census, hiring in the solar workforce is on the rise. More than half of solar employers nationally plan to increase their workforce in the next year.

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News Release | Environment Texas

On Sixth Month Anniversary of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Environment Texas Calls For Permanent Protection of Coast

Today, Environment Texas commemorated the sixth month anniversary of the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20th that tragically killed eleven men and led to the worst oil spill and environmental disaster in U.S. history.  Approximately 200 million gallons of oil were spilled into the Gulf of Mexico between April 20th and July 15th when the well was temporarily capped. The resulting spill coated more than 600 miles of coastline, hundreds of square miles of marsh, and killed thousands of birds and sea turtles. Recent scientific studies have indicated large amounts of oil remain in the Gulf, especially in deeper water, and oil continues to come up.

In response to the sixth month anniversary of the country’s worst environmental disaster Alejandro Savransky, Field Organizer for Environment Texas, aid the following.

 

“There are three primary lessons from the spill. First, no matter how big the oil company or how strong its promises; offshore drilling is still a risky business, especially in deep water. Second, we must protect our sensitive oceans, coasts and beaches from offshore drilling wherever the industry is not drilling today. Finally, we must end our dependence on oil, or Big Oil will continue to push to drill in sensitive places that should be protected instead.

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