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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

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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Report | Environment Texas

On the Right Track: DART Rail Saves Energy and Protects the Enviroment

Each year, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Rail System saves area travelers about 8.8 million gallons of gasoline -­ the same amount of fuel consumed by more than 15,000 cars annually.

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Report | Environment Texas

Global Warming and Extreme Weather

Patterns of extreme weather are changing in the United States, and climate science predicts that further changes are in store. Extreme weather events lead to billions of dollars in economic damage and loss of life each year. Scientists project that global warming could affect the frequency, timing, location and severity of many types of extreme weather events in the decades to come.

 

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News Release | Environment Texas

After Yet Another Gulf Rig Explosion President Obama Should Permanently Ban New Drilling

AUSTIN - This morning, around 9:30 AM, another rig exploded into in the Gulf of Mexico.  According to Coast Guard reports, the accident took place 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana on the Vermilion rig 380, which is owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy. Thirteen workers were on the rig at the time and all are reported to be safe. Luke Metzger, Director, Environment Texas released the following statement:

 

We are stunned to hear of yet another rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico -- President Obama should need no further wake-up call to permanently ban new drilling.  He should radically strengthen oversight of the existing offshore oil industry to prevent more accidents like the one today, but also permanently protect the coasts where we don’t drill now.

 

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