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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Announced Job Losses Due to EPA Rule

Monday, September 12, 2011  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement regarding an announcement that 500 jobs will be lost due to the Environmental Protection Agency's Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR):

"The Obama Administration continues to put up road blocks for our nation's job creators by imposing burdensome regulations based on assumptions, not facts, that will result in job losses and increased energy costs with no definite environmental benefit. Yet again, this administration is ignoring Texas' proven track record of cleaning our air while creating jobs, opting instead for more stifling red tape. As expected, the only results of this rule will be putting Texans out of work and creating hardships for them and their families, while putting the reliability of Texas' grid in jeopardy."

In the decade of the 2000's Texas reduced ozone emissions by 27 percent - more than any other state - and reduced SO2 emissions by 32 percent and NOX emissions by 58 percent, all while remaining the nation's leading energy producer and protecting jobs.

Texas has filed an official petition for reconsideration and stay of CSAPR.

 

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