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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, July 26, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Gen. Abbott Filing Suit Against EPA
    Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding Texas’ legal action challenging the EPA’s takeover of Texas’ 16-year-old air permitting process:
  • Monday, July 26, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Texas Programs Have Cleaned Air, Boosted Economy
    The need for clean air is something we all can agree on. Texas has seen significant improvements in air quality in recent years – a 22 percent decrease in ozone and 53 percent reduction in the pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NOx) – since 2000. Despite these gains, a new and economically threatening issue has emerged. The Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is putting bureaucratic process and centralized federal control ahead of environmental progress by unilaterally taking air quality decisions out of Texas and transferring control to ideologues and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.
  • 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.