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Governing Principle

Texas is a national leader in reducing emissions and known pollutants, and advancing renewable energy sources all while remaining a leader in the nation's energy production. We have successfully balanced the need for environmental improvements with fostering economic growth, new investment, and job creation. Texas continues to advance new, clean energy technology by using market incentives and stable regulation, not costly mandates and taxes.

The Obama administration has taken yet another step in its campaign to harm our economy and impose federal control over Texas. With their efforts to take control of a permitting process that the Clean Air Act allows to be delegated to the states, the EPA is on the verge of killing thousands of Texas jobs and derailing a program that has effectively cleaned Texas' air. An increasingly activist EPA is ignoring the progress Texas has made to clean its air over the last decade, and should instead look to our state's successful approach to issues concerning energy and the environment.

Action Items

»  The air Texans breathe today is cleaner than it was in 2000, even though our population has grown by nearly 3.5 million people.
»  Between 2000 and 2008, while Texas NOx levels decreased by 46% and ozone levels by 22%, national NOx levels fell by only 27%, and national ozone levels declined by only 8%. In comparison, ozone levels in Illinois have only fallen by 12% since 1999.
»  All major Texas metropolitan areas currently meet the 1997 federal eight-hour ozone standard, with the exception of the DFW area, which is within 1 part per billion of meeting the standard. Preliminary data indicates that Houston met the standard for the first time in 2009.
»  In a comparison with 20 eastern and southern states that are most comparable to Texas because the location of industrial facilities and natural ozone levels, Texas is second only to Georgia (25%) in the largest decrease in ozone levels from 2000 to 2008.
»  Despite being the nation's energy capital, Texas has the eleventh lowest NOx emissions rate for power plants among all states according to EPA data.
»  According to Department of Energy and EPA data, since 2000, Texas' CO2 emissions from fossil fuel usage have actually fallen by more than almost any other state and every country except Germany as a result of our policies to foster renewable energy, make the electricity market more competitive and efficient, and improve our environment.

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News & Announcements

  • Thursday, July 07, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on New EPA Emissions Regulations
    Today's EPA announcement is another example of heavy-handed and misguided action from Washington, D.C., that threatens Texas jobs and families and puts at risk the reliable and affordable electricity our state needs to succeed. From the attack on Texas' successful clean air program, to threatening endangered species listings in West Texas oil fields, to banning offshore energy exploration, the Obama Administration seems intent on increasing energy costs for American consumers and making us even more dependent on foreign energy.
  • Saturday, June 11, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Proclamation
    Gov. Perry Re-Issues Disaster Proclamation for Threat of Extreme Wildfires
    Gov. Perry renews his declaration for the sixth time since it was originally issued on Dec. 21, 2010, that extreme fire hazard continues to create a threat of imminent disaster for the people in the State of Texas.
  • Tuesday, May 03, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: FEMA Denies Presidential Disaster Declaration for Wildfires
    Gov. Rick Perry today criticized the Obama Administration for its denial late Tuesday of the state’s April 16th request for a federal Major Disaster Declaration to assist with the ongoing wildfire season, which has burned more than 2.2 million acres, an area roughly greater than Rhode Island and Delaware combined. Since the wildfire season began in November 2010, Texas has responded to more than 9,000 fires across the state that have destroyed or damaged more than 400 homes.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Dallas, Texas • Speech
    Gov. Rick Perry's Remarks to U.S. Trust Luncheon
    Gov. Rick Perry spoke at a luncheon hosted by U.S. Trust honoring Texas-based, socially innovative companies.
  • Friday, April 08, 2011 • Arlington, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Innovators Need Freedom to Solve Our Energy Challenges
    Gov. Rick Perry today applauded Texas' successful approach to diversifying its energy portfolio and cleaning its air, a stark contrast to Washington's burdensome mandates and one-size-fits-all policies that stifle economic growth and innovation. The governor spoke at a press conference unveiling NRG Energy Inc.'s Freedom StationsSM, a network of eVgo electric vehicle recharging stations in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston areas that will enable more widespread use of electric cars across the state.
  • Tuesday, February 08, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: We Must Reform, Streamline State Government
    Gov. Rick Perry delivered his State of the State address today, proposing to consolidate or suspend non-critical state agencies in order to make state government more streamlined and efficient. The governor also outlined his priorities for the 82nd Legislative Session, including balancing the budget without raising taxes, preserving essential services, and strengthening Texas' position as a national economic leader through sound policies.
  • Wednesday, February 02, 2011 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Rolling Power Outages across the State
    Gov. Rick Perry made the following statement about rolling power outages resulting from the winter weather system sweeping across the state.
  • Thursday, December 30, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces Two University Research Superiority Grants and TETF Investments In Four Companies
    Gov. Rick Perry has announced two research superiority grants to Texas universities and investments in four companies through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) for the development and commercialization of their innovative technologies.
  • Wednesday, December 08, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces TEF Investment Bringing More Than 150 Jobs to Conroe
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced an $865,000 investment through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in Jyoti Americas, which will create a state of the art U.S. manufacturing facility for high voltage transmission lines in Conroe. This investment, which will create 157 jobs and generate an estimated $34 million in capital investment, is conditioned upon the finalization of a local incentive agreement with the City of Conroe.
  • Tuesday, October 05, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Speaks at Clean Carbon Policy Summit
    Gov. Rick Perry today highlighted Texas’ efforts to diversify its energy portfolio and clean the air, while creating jobs and growing the state’s economy over the past decade. The governor spoke at the 6th Annual Clean Carbon Policy Summit and Project Expo, which provides academic and industry professionals with an in-depth look at policy and technology issues involved with meeting Texas’ electricity needs.
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