Texas, Refusing to Let the EPA Dictate Its Fate

From The Texas Tribune, “Texas Leads Resistance to EPA Climate Action“:

Come January, the Environmental Protection Agency will — in theory — begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions around the country for the first time. Large polluters planning expansions must include carbon dioxide and other gases linked to climate change on their permit applications, with broader regulations coming into force over time.

But not if Texas can help it. Attorney General Greg Abbott last week lodged legal challenges in a federal court against EPA actions on multiple fronts, including a reiteration of the state’s long-standing argument against the EPA’s scientific foundation for determining the dangers of greenhouse gas pollution. EPA regulation, Abbott’s document said, “is the most draconian of its kind of any advanced economy in the world” and would damage the Texas economy.

Attorney General Abbott’s news release is, “Texas Files Legal Action To Block Imposition Of EPA Regulations That Threaten Texas Jobs.” Unlike the National Association of Manufacturers, which has also filed three petitions in court challenging the EPA’s attempt to regulate greenhouse gases, Texas’ litigation challenges the EPA’s “endangerment finding.” From the AG:

Court documents filed by the State explain that the EPA’s Endangerment Finding is legally unsupported because the agency outsourced its legally mandated “scientific assessment” to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which had the objectivity, reliability and propriety of its scientific assessments called into question after a scandal erupted late last year. The State explained that the IPCC – and therefore the EPA – relied on flawed science to conclude that greenhouse emissions endanger public health and welfare. Because the Administration predicated its Endangerment Finding on the IPCC’s questionable reports, the State is seeking to prevent the EPA’s new Rules – and the economic harm that will result from those regulations – from being imposed on Texas employers, workers and enforcement agencies.

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For more on the NAM’s litigation, check the Manufacturing Law Center’s entries, NAM v. EPA (scroll down).

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  • andrew98 says:

    Although not a US citizen I have to look to the US to stem this green tide. We in Europe let it through with hardly a murmur and so I follow this litigation and the US elections from time to time.

    If the litigation succeeds that will be one step forward in the fight and may encourage the US Senate to have another go at repealing the EPA GHG regulations in their entirety (last time earlier this year it failed 47-53 but I daresay the Democrats who voted against the repeal made their re-election just that bit harder).

  • Orbius says:

    What utter propaganda. Laws are laws what if cops only enforced the laws they liked, what if Judges decided not to enforce laws based on whim.
    You’d have chaos. Abbott should be thrown in prison for refusing to do his sworn duty. Enforcing this law by the way would create jobs by forcing corporations to spend to get in compliance and would protect public health.

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