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.
» 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
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
Thursday, May 06, 2010 Stafford, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: Incentives Lead to Better Technology and Smarter Approaches
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Supports Congressional Efforts to Block Misguided EPA Endangerment Findings
Gov. Rick Perry today sent a letter to members of Congress, as did many governors around the country, commending their efforts to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) endangerment findings through a disapproval resolution. In his letter, Gov. Perry also emphasized recent legal action taken by State of Texas, including a Petition for Review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, as well as a Petition for Reconsideration with the EPA administrator challenging the agency’s attempt to regulate carbon dioxide and other gases under the Clean Air Act.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 Austin, Texas Press Release
Texas Takes Legal Action Against Federal Government Over EPA CO2 Mandates