News Release | Environment Texas

Good Results for Environment in 80th Legislature

The 80th session drew to a close with a number of important victories on parks, renewable energy and energy efficiency, water and electronic waste. "All in all, it was a pretty good session for the environment," said Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger. "Parks funding was tripled, energy efficiency was doubled, new protections for rivers and streams were established, and computer manufacturers are now required to recycle electronic waste. These victories are the result of many years of work by Texas' environmental community and we can all be proud of the progress made this session."

 
The Legislature did take some steps backwards, by creating new incentives for coal and nuclear plants and by supporting the creation of reservoirs that could wipe out critical natural areas. They also had a number of missed opportunities, failing to take action to stop or limit the "coal rush", to curb global warming pollution, or to create incentives for solar or biomass power.

News Release | Environment Texas

Victory on Parks

Today, on the final day of the Legislature, the Texas House of Representatives approved HB 12, which ensures that a substantial funding increase for parks provided for in the state budget can move forward.

News Release | Environment Texas

Victory on Parks

Today, on the final day of the Legislature, the Texas House of Representatives approved HB 12, which ensures that a substantial funding increase for parks provided for in the state budget can move forward.

News Release

TX Renewable Energy on Deathrow

Today Sen. Troy Fraser floated legislative language as an amendment to SB 483 (currently in conference committee) that would essentially destroy Texas' renewable energy market.

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New Report Warns That Many Texas Natural Areas Are Threatened With Development

With the Texas House expected to approve a parks funding bill today, Environment Texas released a new report warning that many biologically important natural areas in Texas are threatened with development. The group used the report’s findings to call on the Legislature to appropriate at least $15 million per year to acquire threatened natural areas and protect them as state parks. Environment Texas also called on the Legislature not to eliminate park discounts for school, church and scout groups, as may be required in the current budget.

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