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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

  • Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry Regarding the EPA’s Decision to Disapprove Texas’ Air Permitting Program
    Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the EPA’s decision to disapprove Texas’ air permitting program: “The EPA’s irresponsible and heavy-handed action not only undermines Texas’ successful clean air programs, but threatens thousands of Texas jobs, families, businesses and communities throughout our state. It will also likely curtail energy supplies and increase gasoline prices nationwide.
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010 • SHANGHAI, China • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: EPA Continues Course to Kill Texas Jobs, Derail Air Quality Progress
    Gov. Rick Perry today criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it will continue to usurp the state’s permitting process and decide whether two additional facilities, Chevron Phillips Cedar Bayou and Garland Power and Light (Ray Olinger Plant), will be granted permits to operate in Texas.
  • Thursday, June 10, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Texas Prepared for Potential Effects of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
    Gov. Rick Perry said today Texas is prepared to respond to any effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill along the Texas coast. While oil from the spill is not predicted to reach Texas shores in the immediate future, the State Operations Center has remained at an increased readiness level and the state continues to work with federal and local authorities to track the spill and prepare contingency plans.
  • Wednesday, June 02, 2010 • Deer Park, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: EPA Action Would Kill Texas Jobs, Derail Air Quality Progress
    Gov. Rick Perry today was joined by local government and business leaders to decry Washington's latest attempt to extend federal control over the state's authority, an action that would undermine Texas’ successful clean air programs and cost the state thousands of jobs. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its efforts to take over Texas’ federally delegated, successful Title V permitting program and replace it with a less effective Washington-based, bureaucratic led, command and control mandate.
  • Friday, May 28, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: EPA’s Actions will Undermine Texas’ Environmental and Economic Successes
    Gov. Rick Perry today sent a letter urging President Barack Obama to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to take over Texas’ federally delegated, successful Title V permitting program and replace it with a less effective Washington-based, bureaucratic led, command and control mandate.
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2010 • Dallas, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on EPA’s Efforts to Take Over Texas’ Air Permitting Program
    Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the EPA’s efforts to take over Texas’ air permitting program: “The Obama administration has taken yet another step in its campaign to harm our economy and impose federal control over Texas. With their decision 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 cleaned Texas’ air."
  • Wednesday, May 19, 2010 • Palacios, Texas • Speech
    Gov. Perry: Continued Investment in Education is Essential to Texas’ Competitiveness
    "Texas has more nuclear power plants under development than any other state, and this program will prepare our future workforce to carry out the state’s all-of-the-above energy strategy,” Gov. Perry said. “PowerSet WIT is designed to connect motivated, capable students with educational opportunities in the STEM fields, accelerate their learning in these key subjects and give them firsthand experience with careers in the growing field of nuclear power technology.”
  • Thursday, May 06, 2010 • Stafford, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Incentives Lead to Better Technology and Smarter Approaches
    Gov. Rick Perry today reiterated the importance of providing incentives, rather than onerous mandates, to encourage innovation in business and technology. The governor spoke at the rollout of UPS’ expanded fleet of hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), the first to be introduced in Texas through Senate Bill 1759 of the 81st Legislative Session, which provides grants from the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan Fund for large fleet owners to convert old diesel vehicles to alternative fuel vehicles.
  • Thursday, April 01, 2010 • Speech
    Gov. Perry Encourages Awareness of Invasive Species and Aggressive Action to Combat Them
    "I believe one of the key components of any successful undertaking is a well-informed public, especially when that public is made up of Texans. Given accurate information about the true impact of these species, Texans will make the right choices, and do their part to keep our lakes clear. So let me boil it down: this Giant Salvinia threat is the real deal. If we don’t get a handle on it and the other invasive species that are working their way into our ecosystem, the Texas we know and love will be changed forever, and not for the better."
  • Thursday, April 01, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Urges Boaters to Take Precautions against Giant Salvinia
    Gov. Rick Perry today urged boaters to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the invasive giant salvinia plant in Texas lakes. This exotic plant clings to boats, motors and trailers, and is usually spread unknowingly by people moving their boats from lake to lake.
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