Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Testifies Before Congress on Greenhouse Gas LawsuitsWASHINGTON, DC Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today appeared before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he discussed the State’s challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent greenhouse gas regulations.
Testifying before Congress this morning, Attorney General Abbott explained that the EPA’s regulations are contrary to the Clean Air Act. Abbott challenged the EPA’s recent abrupt changes, saying: Texas remains committed to working with the EPA to improve air quality and hold polluters accountable. But Texas cannot support the EPA and in fact must challenge it when it pursues regulations that are contrary to the law and devastating to the economy.
Sound clip of Abbott's testimony
Video of Abbott's full testimony
|Attorney General Abbott's prepared statement|
|Attorney General Abbott's letter to Congressional leaders and President Obama|
In its zeal to regulate greenhouse gases, the EPA has ignored the plain language of the Clean Air Act, violated notice and comment requirements, and attempted to re-write congressionally enacted federal laws by administrative rule-making.
Today’s hearing focused on The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, which would prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have expressed concern that the Clean Air Act was never intended and is ill-suited to regulate greenhouse gases.
The Energy Tax Prevention Act would also statutorily repeal the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations. On six separate occasions, the EPA has issued legally flawed regulations in an attempt to unilaterally regulate gases such as carbon dioxide. The State of Texas is challenging all six regulations in the federal court of appeals. Last month, Attorney General Abbott wrote to congressional leaders and President Obama urging Congress to pass legislation such as The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 that would repeal the EPA’s far-reaching regulations and prevent the agency from ignoring the plain language of the Clean Air Act.
Attorney General Abbott testified this morning before the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.