Texas Clean Air Matters

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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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Hypocrisy In Action

This doesn’t require a lot rhetoric or discussion.  Hypocrisy in action is like a truck driver ballet, it’s painful, but you have to look.

Take a look at this PDF – it’s what Attorney General Abbott filed December 30th, 2010 as part of their latest frivolous lawsuit against the EPA on Green House Gas permitting.   You’ll see the names of some top lawyers from Baker Hostetler.

It seems that Governor Perry and Attorney General Abbott, while loathing DC insiders, certainly don’t mind giving them your money.  These guys have experience fighting for pollution, they represent ExxonMobil.

Questions to ask ourselves as the Comptroller prepares a report for the Legislature next week on the State’s budget shortfall:

1)      How much are Exxon’s Yankee Lawyers costing Texas taxpayers?

2)     How much have the Governor and Attorney General spent on these frivolous lawsuits?

3)     When will Governor Perry start spending state resources on the good of the people and not the good of polluters?

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A Cleaner 2011

It’s that time of year again – to commit to a new year’s resolution so that you might improve yourself in 2011.  As you come up with your own, tell us what they are and help inspire our Governor and Attorney General to commit to their own New Year’s Resolution. 

With a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall, we think it’s high time that Governor Perry and Attorney General Abbott commit to spending less tax payer money to fund frivolous lawsuits to help our state’s major polluters. 

Over the last year they have filed countless motions and suits in federal court aimed at circumventing federal laws that would require Texas to follow the same basic air quality standards followed by all the other 49 states.  After their loss yesterday, we think it’s time they gave up.

I think Texas is special myself, but it is because of that belief that I think we should do everything possible to make sure Texans are  breathing clean air and that we are preserving our environment for future generations.

Join us in asking the Governor and Attorney General to give up the frivolous law suits in 2011!  Save taxpayer money and the environment!

After all it was the Governor himself who has committed to stemming the flow of frivolous lawsuits.

Email the Governor Your Resolution and Tell Him To Commit To No Lawsuits For Polluters in 2011. 

Email the Attorney Your Resolution and Tell Him To Commit To No Lawsuits For Polluters in 2011.    

Or

Send us a message on Twitter with the hashtag #CleanAir2011

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