As early voting begins in Texas, Perry sues EPA

Will Lutz
Managing Editor of the Lone Star Report
Washington Examiner
2/16/2010

Gov. Rick Perry announced today that the State of Texas is filing a lawsuit and asking the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its finding that carbon dioxide is an environmental pollutant. The effect of EPA’s action is to try to use the federal Clean Air Act to enact President Barack Obama’s policies limiting gasses that he believes contribute to global warming and climate change. The lawsuit, filed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit, alleges the EPA’s endangerment finding is based on junk science and seeks an order stopping the EPA from regulating global warming under the clean air act.

“The EPA’s misguided plan paints a big target on the backs of Texas agriculture and energy producers and the hundreds of thousands of Texans they employ,” said Perry. “This legal action is being taken to protect the Texas economy and the jobs that go with it, as well as defend Texas’s freedom to continue our successful environmental strategies free from federal overreach.”

Leaders of environmental organizations immediately blasted the governor, criticized his support for new coal power plans, and gave Perry a symbolic citation for damaging the environment. “Instead of suing the EPA, Perry should be taking proactive steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build up our clean energy economy,” said Tom ‘Smitty’ Smith, director of Public Citizen’s Texas office. “Our governor likes to brag about all he’s done to promote wind and energy efficiency and the emissions Texas has avoided as a result, but at the same time he is hammering through a second Texas coal rush that will negate all that hard work and add 77 million tons of CO2 to Texas’s already overheated air.” Officials with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club called on the state to “clean up and phase out” its existing coal power plans. Public Citizen has a lawsuit pending against the state arguing its permitting process is too quick and does not allow for sufficient review and public input for clean air permits.

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