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Texas takes EPA to court over EPA greenhouse gas power grab

Commentary by Kay B. Day

Governor Rick Perry addresses media about the Texas challenge to the EPA.The Environmental Protection Agency plans to regulate carbon via an ‘endangerment finding’ for greenhouse gases, and now Texas will take legal action to challenge the federal agency’s power grab. Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tex.) issued an announcement on Tuesday.

Perry said, “The state has filed a Petition for Review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and will also file a Petition for Reconsideration with the Environmental Protection Agency, asking the administrator to review her decision.”

Texas’ petition follows weeks of admissions by the UN panel responsible for global warming/climate change/Little Ice Age theories, the IPCC. Faulty math, missing data and outright rigging of figures, and the IPCC chair’s ties to India’s state-owned oil company have called significant claims by the panel into question.

The Texas announcement said, “The state’s legal action indicates EPA’s Endangerment Finding is legally unsupported because the agency outsourced its scientific assessment to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which has been discredited by evidence of key scientists’ lack of objectivity, coordinated efforts to hide flaws in their research, attempts to keep contravening evidence out of IPCC reports and violation of freedom of information laws.”

The IPCC faces increasing criticism on a number of fronts. Among them is the cardinal scientific sin of using non-peer-reviewed data to support claims.

Watts up With That, a website devoted to reviewing GW/CC/LIA data said, “Several errors have been recently uncovered in the 4th Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These include problems with Himalayan glaciers, African agriculture, Amazon rainforests, Dutch geography, and attribution of damages from extreme weather events. More seem to turn up daily. Most of these errors stem from the IPCC’s reliance on non-peer reviewed sources.”

The US Congress managed to get HR 2454, popularly known as the ‘climate bill’ crafted, but the bill languishes after being placed on the Senate legislative calendar according to Open Congress. Many conservatives believe the bill would severely damage the US economy. Many also believe the EPA move to regulate carbon was a political ploy because the climate legislation stands little chance of passing. The net result of the manipulation is that the EPA will hold unprecedented power over the country’s economy.

HR 2454 relied on global warming theories promoted by former Democrat vice-president and failed presidential candidate Al Gore. The bill was pushed by Democrats with some Republicans 'crossing the aisle' as well.

Gov. Perry called attention to Texas’ diversified energy portfolio. He said, “Texas has installed more wind power than any other state, and all but four countries, and has provided new transmission lines that will move more than 18,000 megawatts across the state. Texas has also attracted more than 9,000 megawatts of energy from the development of next-generation nuclear power plants. The state is also looking to add new clean coal plants that will capture and sequester carbon dioxide emissions, or use the carbon dioxide to increase production from Texas oil fields.”

The governor clearly disagreed with the EPA power grab. Perry said,  “Texas is aggressively seeking its future in alternative energy through incentives and innovation, not mandates and overreaching regulation. The EPA’s misguided plan paints a big target on the backs of Texas agriculture and energy producers and the hundreds of thousands of Texans they employ. This legal action is being taken to protect the Texas economy and the jobs that go with it, as well as defend Texas’ freedom to continue our successful environmental strategies free from federal overreach.”

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