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Governor's Initiatives - EPA

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April 7, 2011 - Dr. Bryan Shaw, Chairman - Texas Commission on Environmental Quality


May 26, 2010 - Bob McDowell - Co-Owner, W.M. Dewey & Sons, Inc.


February 16, 2010 - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott


February 16, 2010 - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples

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 3.8 million people between 2000 and 2009.
» Between 2000 and 2009, while Texas NOx levels decreased by almost 58% and ozone levels by 27%, national NOx levels fell by only 27%, and the rest of the nation’s average ozone levels only declined by 12%.
» All major Texas metropolitan areas currently meet the 1997 federal eight-hour ozone standard, with the exception of the DFW area, which is 1 part per billion above the standard. Data indicates that Houston met the standard for the first time in 2009.
» From 2000 to 2009, Texas reduced ozone levels more than any other state.
» 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.

News & Announcements

  • Monday, June 02, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Governor Perry on New EPA Rules
    “President Obama’s decision to impose drastic new restrictions on America’s energy industry is the most direct assault yet on the energy providers that employ thousands of Americans, and fuel both our homes and our nation’s economic growth. Americans have seen the disastrous results of federal mandates with Obamacare, and these rules will only further stifle our economy’s sluggish recovery and increase energy costs for American families."
  • Monday, May 19, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Americans Deserve Affordable and Reliable Energy and the Jobs That Come With It
    Citing the policies that have made Texas a national energy leader, Gov. Perry called on President Obama to dramatically change his own failed energy policies in order to put more Americans to work. "Americans deserve affordable and reliable energy and the jobs that come with it," Gov. Perry wrote the President. "American businesses need stable and predictable regulations if they are to compete globally, and if our economy is to grow. Mr, President, you have given us mandates that will incapacitate – and possibly eliminate – critical sources of energy while stifling job creation and threatening American energy security."
  • Friday, August 24, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Asks Obama Administration to Waive Renewable Fuel Standard
    Gov. Rick Perry today asked the Obama Administration to waive the mandated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2012 and 2013. In a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, the governor added Texas to the list of states and leaders supporting the national Petition for Waiver or Partial Waiver of Applicable Volume of Renewable Fuel because of the mandate’s adverse impact on Texas.
  • Tuesday, August 21, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
    Today's court decision is further proof of an out-of-control and out-of-line EPA. On the heels of our recent flexible air permitting program victory, today's ruling further dismantles the misguided agenda of President Obama's activist, overreaching EPA that has no regard for the impact of its imprudent policies on states' economies or Americans' checkbooks.
  • Monday, August 13, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Court Ruling Regarding Texas’ Flexible Permitting Program
    This decision is a big win for jobs and a big win for Texas. Our state has demonstrated you can cultivate jobs while cleaning the air, and this finding affirms that states have the right to develop permitting processes that balance the priorities of protecting the environment and allowing our industries to thrive.