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State of Texas
Office of the Attorney General
News Release
Friday, February 10, 2012

AG Files Challenge to EPA’s Unlawful Imposition of Greenhouse Gas Regulations in Texas

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement after the State of Texas filed its opening brief challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) unlawful attempt to immediately impose greenhouse gas regulations in Texas:

“Once again, the unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats at the EPA are flouting the law by denying Texas the opportunity to manage its own air permitting program. The EPA’s unlawful scheme threatens Texas jobs and businesses by imposing costly and unnecessary greenhouse gas regulations immediately and improperly. These expensive mandates do little to make our air safer or to control the global warming the EPA insists is threatening our country, while doing great damage to our energy independence and economic recovery.”

The State of Texas’ legal action against the EPA reflects the latest in an ongoing effort by Texas and other states to oppose the EPA’s unprecedented and unlawful attempt to regulate greenhouse gases. In its zeal to impose its greenhouse gas regulations on Texas, the EPA violated federal law by requiring the State to immediately begin implementing these new regulations – rather than giving Texas three years to come into compliance, as is required by federal law. Further, the EPA threatened to immediately take over part of the State’s air permitting program or impose a construction moratorium on Texas businesses if the State didn’t agree to immediately comply with the EPA’s unlawful greenhouse gas regulations.

Texas' opening brief challenging EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rule State Implementation Plan

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