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News Release | Environment Texas

Mixed Results for Environment in 82nd Legislature

The chemicals used in certain oil and gas drilling techniques will soon have to be disclosed to the public in Texas, but regulators will have a more difficult time curtailing pollution from drilling under two bills passed by the Texas Legislature and sent to the Governor this week. The Legislature adopted bills promoting energy efficiency and television recycling and removing barriers to installation of solar panels, but also made massive budget cuts to the state parks system.

“The dramatic growth of drilling using the fracking technique – often right in the middle of major populations – has caused many Texans to fear for the health of their families,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “This bill is a first step in addressing these concerns. Texans have a right to know exactly what we’re being exposed to.”

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News Release | Environment Texas

House Opens All Coasts to Destructive Drilling

Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1231, the Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act. This is the third piece of offshore drilling legislation that House Republican leadership passed as their response to rising gas prices.  But most oil industry experts and the federal Energy Information Agency say there is no connection between expanded offshore drilling and lowering prices. Environment Texas applauded Texas Congressmen Lloyd Doggett, Charlie Gonzalez and Ruben Hinojosa for voting against the bill (the sole Texans to do so).

Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger made the following statement:

“Starting last week and continuing this week, Big Oil and their allies in Congress have won a terrible trifecta, like winning horse racing’s Triple Crown, which will pave the way for risking America’s coasts with a massive expansion of offshore oil drilling.

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Report | Environment Texas

Citizen's Guide to Energy Efficiency

America’s homes are like cars that only get 10 miles to the gallon. Buildings consume 40 percent of America’s energy, and much of that energy is literally flying out the window rather than heating or cooling our homes and businesses. What’s worse, energy-wasting buildings are responsible for nearly half of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Report | Environment Texas

Smart, Clean and Ready to Go: How Solar Hot Water Can Reduce Pollution and Dependence on Fossil Fuels

The United States should take aggressive steps to encourage the installation of solar water heaters on homes and businesses and to promote other solar water heating technologies that can make an even bigger dent in our consumption of fossil fuels.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas Releases Legislative Agenda

Environment Texas today released its agenda for the 82nd session of the Texas legislature. Topping the list of priorities are incentives for solar power and maintaining funding for Texas’ state parks.

“Solar energy doesn’t pollute or ever run out,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “The fact that it could also be a huge boon to our economy makes it a no-brainer. It’s time for the Legislature to finish the job and make Texas number one for solar power.”

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