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:
- In January, we delivered a letter to Gov. Abbott, signed by more than two dozen Texas climate scientists, chiding him for saying it is “impossible” to say whether man-made climate change is contributing to extreme weather.
- In the #txlege this spring we fought attacks on renewable energy, helped stop a handout to a radioactive waste dump, and fought plans to allow dumping of frack water in our rivers (we lost the first round, but the fight continues).
- After the ITC disaster, we helped convince Harris County leaders to significantly boost funding for prosecuting polluters
- This summer, our canvass team won a ban on bee killing pesticides on Travis County properties and in state parks.
- We recruited more than 50 faculty at Texas A&M to call on University Lands to cut methane pollution from their 9000 oil and gas wells.
- This fall, our Clean Air Associate Catherine Fraser helped convince Houston voters to approve a $3.5 billion bond for light rail and buses.
- Also in November, we worked as part of the Texas Coalition for State Parks to get 88% of Texans to vote for an increase in $ for state parks (biggest margin in US history for statewide parks measure!)
- Our Deputy Director Jennifer Schmerling worked with Harris County as they approved plan to go to 100% renewable energy.
- Billie Eilish gave us $50,000 and, even cooler, more than 5000 Texans supported our work with average donations of just $35 (thanks citizen outreach team!).
- We helped win initial approval of a new Land Development Code for Austin which will help build more walkable, bikeable, transit friendly development while fighting water pollution and flooding
- We delivered a letter (signed by former CEO of Shell, legislators, and environmental and native groups) to the Railroad Commission calling for an end to routine flaring and venting of natural gas
- Earlier this month, we released a report showing illegal air pollution in TX had doubled and calling for tougher enforcement. We presented the report to the Governor and TCEQ and got widespread media coverage
- We helped get Congress to end the use of toxic PFAS on military bases and to appropriate $495 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (the most in 17 years!)
Not bad for a year’s work. Onward!