Texas challenging EPA's greenhouse gas finding

Posted by Paige Stewart - email

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas is taking the federal government to court over a ruling that says greenhouse gases present a danger to human health.

Gov. Rick Perry and other state officials announced Tuesday that Texas has filed an appeal in federal court and plans to formally ask the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its decision.

Texas leads the nation in greenhouse gas emissions, and Perry says the state's industry and agriculture would be harmed by the EPA actions.

The EPA in December issued an "endangerment" finding about carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, saying the pollutants can harm people.

The ruling set the stage for future rules restricting emissions. EPA officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Tuesday, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison released the following statement concerning the EPA's endangerment finding for greenhouse gases that pose great risk to Texas' economy:

"The EPA's endangerment finding for greenhouse gases has begun a regulatory process that will lead to disaster for the Texas economy. I am proud to be part of the fight to overturn this badly misguided plan by the Obama administration. In Texas, we have long recognized that we can both grow our economy while protecting our environment. This overreach by the EPA is nothing more than an attempted end-run around the many who have rightfully stood up against cap and trade legislation also being pushed by this administration. The EPA's actions represent a sweeping mandate that will cost jobs and cannot stand."

On January 21, 2010, Senator Hutchison joined with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in a joint resolution (S.J.Res.26) disapproving of the EPA's efforts to regulate greenhouse gases.

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