AUSTIN - One day before the possible sale of the Christmas Mountains to private interests, parks advocates made a final plea to Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Governor Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott to halt the sale to give time to the National Park Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to prepare bids to acquire the property. The groups announced that more than 6300 Texans have signed petitions asking for such a delay.
AUSTIN- Environment Texas launched an online petition today calling on Governor Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott to direct their appointees on the School Land Board to cancel the sale of the Christmas Mountains to private interests and work to arrange permanent protection of the property as part of Big Bend National Park. Environment Texas condemned Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson (chair of the School Land Board) for blocking the park’s protection and asked Perry and Abbott to intervene.
AUSTIN – Logging, mining, and oil/gas drilling in Texas’ national forests jeopardizes $8.4 billion per year in Texas business expenses, including activities such as fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching, according to a new report released today by Environment Texas.
One senator and seven representatives voted to protect the environment 100% of the time in the 80th Legislature, according to Environment Texas’ biennial legislative scorecard. The scorecard tracks votes on a range of votes affecting the state’s air, water, natural areas, and quality of life.
Representative Lloyd Doggett of Austin voted for the environment 100% of the time in the 109th Congress, according to the annual Congressional Scorecard on major environmental issues released today by Environment Texas.
"Congressman Doggett has again and again put the environment ahead of special interests. In the 109th Congress he successfully fought efforts to expand off-shore oil drilling, defended protections for endangered species like the polar bear and the recently recovered bald eagle, and worked to make polluters pay to clean up contaminated groundwater," said Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger. "These scorecards are an important tool to educate the public about the voting records of their elected officials and to honor public officials like this that have a record of putting the environment first."