Texas Governor Rick Perry and fellow presidential candidate Herman Cain have at least two issues they agree on: The Environmental Protection Agency and Obama Administration are both out of line.
A rule by EPA requires that power plants in 27 states, including Texas, must reduce emissions, known as the “Cross-State Air Pollution Rule,” is being challenged with new law in the House of Representatives, and by state governments.
Perry said the rule was “misguided” and “heavy-handed” regulation from the White House. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked a federal court to block the rule last week.
“The first department, if I were forced to eliminate a department — I would start with the EPA and start all over,” Cain said in a recent GOP presidential debate. “It’s out of control.”
Texas recently learned the EPA appears to be playing games with the deadline of the rule resulting in battle lines being drawn from experts and politicians in states affected.
Texas’ largest electricity generator, Luminant, said they would be closing two power plant generationg unit and cut 500 jobs because of the rule.
On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that delays the EPA rule for at least eight years.
According to federal lobbying disclosures, at least three Texas companies, Energy Future Holdings Corporation, ExxonMobil and CenterPoint Energy, lobbied Congress on the TRAIN Act, the bill that delays the EPA rule.
Energy Future Holdings is the parent company of Luminant.
s parent company Energy Future Holdings Corp. lobbied lawmakers in Congress on that bill, the so-called TRAIN Act, in the second quarter of 2011, according to federal lobbying disclosures.
The TRAIN Act, was overwhelmingly passed by the House.
Only four Republicans opposed and 19 Democrats supported the bill, disturbing the Obama’s administration aggressive stance at least until the Senate considers the act.
If it does pass in the Senate, the bill faces a possible veto from President Obama.
Many see the rule as another federal regulation that hinders job growth and economic stability.
Earlier this month, during a House panel presentation, EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy insisted closures by energy companies and job losses would not be necessary.
Abbott said that when the EPA issued its July 7, 2011, mandate, “the Administrator failed to comply with federal laws that require federal agencies to inform the public of rule proposals in advance so that affected parties can participate in the rule-making process.”
“EPA opted not to include the State of Texas in key aspects of the proposed” regulations imposed in August, 2010, Abbott argued. The EPA “added Texas without notice to the final regulations earlier this year—the rule violated federal law and should be stayed by the Court”.
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