It’s a shame Texas leadership is hell bent on fighting the EPA’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gases. In a Texas Tribune piece this morning, Kate Galbraith details the forthcoming tooth-and-nail fight Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has promised.
Abbott and Bryan Shaw, the chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or TCEQ, told the EPA in a letter last month that Texas would openly defy the regulations and refuse to ensure that companies comply. "We write to inform you that Texas has neither the authority nor the intention of interpreting, ignoring or amending its laws in order to compel the permitting of greenhouse-gas emissions," the letter said.
Apparently Abbott chooses to focus on the agency’s "flawed methodologies" instead of addressing the overwhelming amount of pollution that’s dispersed into the air from Galveston to god knows where.
In fact, Texas is the biggest polluter in America. Due to its size and heavy concentration of factories, such as oil refineries and chemical plants, the state tops the list of greenhouse gas emitters. That underpins the arguments from Abbott — who did not respond to requests for comment — that the regulations hurt the Texas economy. (In an op-ed in theHouston Chronicle this spring, Abbott said his action against the EPA reflected on the agency’s flawed methodologies, but he avoided the question of whether global warming was happening or not.) Gov. Rick Perry has also publicly decried the regulatory interference and its drag on business.
And no comment on climate change? Ok, fair enough, but how then do you intend to curb what big oil and big coal are doing to our air? The evidence is there, but Mr. Abbott and others are refusing to tackle the problem. We hear arguments about damaging the Texas economy over and over. Where are those numbers?
Texas taxpayers are paying your $150K salary Mr. Abbott, which seems costly in the eye of inaction. What we pay forward will be much costlier if your myopic support of Big Oil and Big Coal continues.
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