Texas vs. The EPA: Insanity

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. has denied the State of Texas' third attempt to block the implementation of greenhouse gas pollution control measures for the largest sources of pollution. At stake in the current case is a narrow federal action to ensure the largest sources in Texas can obtain construction permits.

Here was my comment in a press statement:

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  Governor Perry and Attorney General Abbott have now wasted millions of taxpayer dollars losing multiple frivolous lawsuits that only served to protect major polluters from a law that all other 49 state are following.  As the Legislature convenes this week facing an estimated $27 billion dollar budget shortfall, we can only hope that the Governor and Attorney General will decide to fire Exxon’s Yankee lawyers who he has representing his office and let Texas use that money for state services that help people, not on polluting their air.” 

Jim Marston
Texas Regional Director
National Energy Program Director

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  1. Dave C
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 9:01 AM | Permalink

    The only waste involved here is with the EPA and willing accomplises detroying Texas's economy by basicly throwing the baby out with the bath water.

    In my opinion and it is based in more fact than the environmental movement. The EPA and is destroying the economy..

    Want an example.. The Gulf drilling moritorium.. over 200,000 jobs lost or on hold while big brother and the EPA hold them hostage. Oh, the 200,000 number includes all support jobs, not just the ones on the rigs..

    And I am retired so I have nothing to do with "big" oil just concerned with the direction of the country..


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    Jim Marston is the founding director of the Texas office of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), located in Austin, where he has served since its beginning in 1988. He is also a leader of the Pecan Street, Inc., a partnership that includes Austin Energy, the University of Texas, the Chamber of Commerce, and several large high/clean tech companies aimed at making fundamental changes in the nation's electricity grid.

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