Feds decide state is unwilling to do anything on greenhouse gases
AUSTIN — The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday effectively declared Texas unfit to regulate its own greenhouse gas emissions and took over carbon dioxide permitting of any new or expanding industrial facilities starting Jan. 2.
The EPA also set up a framework for regulating greenhouse gas emissions in seven other states: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Oregon and Wyoming. In addition, the agency set a timetable on establishing regulated levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
The action will give the EPA permitting authority over refineries, power plants and cement facilities in Texas, the agency said, but will not affect small pollution source facilities, such as restaurants and farms…
…Perry (Texas Governor) spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said the state’s lawsuit against the EPA is continuing in an effort to prove the agency never was given authority by Congress to regulate greenhouse gases.
"The EPAs misguided plan paints a huge target on the backs of Texas agriculture and energy producers by implementing unnecessary, burdensome mandates on our state’s energy sector, threatening hundreds of thousands of Texas jobs and imposing increased living costs on Texas families," Cesinger said.
She said the state’s flexible air quality permitting system led to a 22 percent reduction in ozone and a 53 percent decrease in nitric oxide emissions since 2000….
If they can’t do it by legislation they’ll do it by regulation. This really needs to be stopped. The Obama administration and his appointees have made an all out assault on states and personal rights. Funny how all those leftist that complained during the Bush administration are so damn quiet now.
Between the EPA, TSA, FCC, HHS, and Federal Reserve do we even need representation anymore? Where they used to enforce the laws of the land they are now creating them.