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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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Skepticism, please, on 'trade secrets'

And, as Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, suggests, the state needs more definition for what constitutes such a secret.

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As water plan moves toward reality, who benefits?

“Most of the talk is about building projects we don’t need, because engineering companies and water marketers have more political power and lobbyists than advocates for conservation,” said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas.

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Top mayors show support for $2B water measure

Luke Metzger, director of the advocacy group Environment Texas, told the Senate Natural Resources Committeeon Tuesday that it was critical that the state emphasizes conservation and ensures enough water is left behind for the eco-system. He pointed out that large-scale water projects, such as new reservoirs, can have a negative impact on the environment.

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San Antonio, Austin lead state in solar generation

"Dallas-Fort Worth is a world leader in energy, but when it comes to solar we are being eclipsed by other cities in Texas," Jennifer Rubiello, Environment Texas' Dallas-Fort Worth organizer, said at a Fort Worth news conference Thursday.

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Wind industry avoids a tax blow

"We are poised to tap into even more wind power, and the tax credits are critical for making sure that happens," said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas.

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