A diverse group of anti toll-road activists, environmentalists, and public transportation activists from across Texas converged at the State Capitol to demand that Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) halt a plan to approve $1.7 billion in new highways without providing proper public review. The groups call on TxDOT, which is poised to approve the stimulus funding at their meeting on Thursday, to slow down and make sure that these transportation dollars are spent wisely.
“We should use this money to put Texans back to work, but we should be careful to spend it in a way that is consistent with Texan’s priorities. TxDOT is trying to rush through bad projects without a proper vetting process with the public,” said Alejandro Savransky, Environment Texas Field Organizer.
AUSTIN - Environment Texas praised the announcement today by Speaker-designate Joe Straus that former state Rep. Clyde Alexander will serve as part of his transition team. Rep. Alexander has served as a member of the State Parks Advisory Committee, which conducted a thorough review of the budget crisis facing the state parks system.
Environment Texas congratulated Rep. Straus on his apparent victory in the House speaker's race today and expressed optimism about the prospects for the environment with his new leadership.
"Rep. Straus has been a strong advocate for energy efficiency and understands the urgency of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels," said Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger. "While he's not with us on every vote, he's demonstrated a commitment to fairness and careful consideration of the facts. I am very optimistic that environmental bills will get a fair shake under his Speakership."
AUSTIN – Pointing to a continuing crisis with Texas parks and natural areas, Environment Texas called on a legislative task force to finally meet and develop a plan to stop raiding parks funding for other purposes. The group also delivered to Lt Gov Dewhurst petitions signed by more than 2100 Texans calling on him to support a "long-term solution to give Texans the world class parks system we deserve".
Environment Texas today endorsed Barack Obama for President, citing his clear and bold solutions to our current energy woes and strong commitment to the protection of our environment. “Senator Obama has publicly committed to fully addressing the pressing problem of global warming and moving the United States toward a new energy future. He has made clean energy one of the top issues of his campaign and as a public servant at the state and federal levels has a long and consistent record of supporting the environment,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas.
“Barack Obama has the vision and grit necessary to break past the polluter lobby in Washington and put America on a path towards a new energy future and a cleaner environment,” said Metzger.