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. If President Obama is truly interested in an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy, he would do well to look to states like Texas that have seen tremendous success at diversifying energy sources while protecting the environment from harmful pollutants."
The air Texans breathe today is cleaner than it was in 2000, even as our population has grown by nearly 5.2 million people. Furthermore:
• Over the last 10 years, Texas has added more than twice the jobs of any other state;
• Statewide, from 2000-2012, nitrogen oxide levels from industrial sources were reduced by 62.5 percent; and
• From 2000-2012 ozone levels were reduced by 23 percent, a 12 percent greater reduction than the national average.
Citing the policies that have made Texas a national energy leader, Gov. Perry recently called on President Obama in a letter to dramatically change his own failed energy policies in order to put more Americans to work. Read the letter here.