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Anna Farrell-Sherman
Clean Water Associate

Off the coast of Texas, spectacular coral reefs in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary provide a home for sea turtles, manta rays, and all manner of ocean life-and now, we have a chance to expand the sanctuary to protect more of these special places.

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Emma Pabst
Environment Texas Associate

We support curtailing oil production and urge you to prioritize production cuts for producers and fields with the worst records of excessive flaring. In implementing proration, the RRC has a unique opportunity to make a difference for public health and the environment in Texas by using waste from excessive flaring as a metric for allocating production.

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Anna Farrell-Sherman
Clean Water Associate

Brooke Paup, board member of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), kicked off a day-long workshop in San Antonio last month to explore how nature-based infrastructure can be used to curb water pollution and flooding. The workshop brought together experts from acoross the state to discuss how Texas can install more rain gardens, green roofs, and other natural strategies for capturing (and using) stormwater - before it causes problems. 

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Luke Metzger
Executive Director

I'm proud of the work my team at Environment Texas did this year to protect Texas’ wild places, protect air and water quality, fight global warming and move to a 100% clean economy and more. Here are some of the highlights:

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Catherine Fraser
Clean Air Associate

Today I testified before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regarding a proposed (weak) fine against the TPC Port Neches facility (the one which blew up over Thanksgiving). Here is what I said. I’m here to speak against the proposed penalty for the TPC Port Neches Plant. Today, Environment Texas is releasing our annual report on Illegal Air Pollution in Texas. Our research found that the TPC Port Neches Plant is the second worst polluter of butadiene in the entire state of Texas, illegally emitting over 14 thousands pounds of butadiene last year alone. We know butadiene can cause cancer, and that there is no safe level of exposure to it. 

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Andrea McGimsey
Senior Director, Global Warming Solutions Campaign

When Oxford Dictionaries chooses “climate emergency” as the word of the year for 2019, you know things are changing. Our children are inheriting a world vastly different and more dangerous than the one we grew up in, and we need to act on climate now. 

When Oxford Dictionaries chooses “climate emergency” as the word of the year for 2019, you know things are changing. Our children are inheriting a world vastly different and more dangerous than the one we grew up in, and we need to act on climate now. 

Yet as world leaders meet in Madrid this week to discuss progress towards cutting global warming pollution and hitting the targets of the historic international Paris Agreement, President Trump has vowed to pull our country out. 

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Emma Pabst
Environment Texas Associate

Looking at this proposed policy amendment and its effects, I come to one definitive conclusion: deregulation is dangerous. Deregulation will undermine the strength and spirit of the Clean Air Act. Deregulation will damage vital efforts to combat greenhouse gas emissions. Deregulation will dump tens of thousands of tons of methane and hazardous pollutants into the air we breathe; and deregulation will deny young and old alike of a state of health and environment they can never get back. 

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Michaela Morris
Associate, Protect Our Oceans, Environment America

The video provides visceral imagery of the suffering caused by single-use plastic. Marine animals, like this turtle, ...do not deserve to suffer extraordinary pain because of the vast quantities of disposable plastic products that end up in the sea. 

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Luke Metzger
Executive Director

A week and a half ago hundreds of Austin students walked out of school to join with millions of people across the planet to demand urgent action to tackle the climate crisis and help preserve a livable planet for their futures. We must heed their call. Transportation is this country’s number one source of climate change pollution. Greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles surpasses every other source. We can’t solve global warming without changing how Americans get around.

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Emma Pabst
Environment Texas Associate

On Thursday I hosted a press conference about our new report on illegal air pollution in San Antonio, and I had to wake up at the unholy hour of… 6am. Okay, so, I know I’ve made it through worse, but 6am?! I can barely manage to make breakfast at that hour, let alone pull together the materials for an entire press conference.