Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Texas Challenge to Greenhouse Gas Regulations

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court announced this morning that it will hear the State of Texas’ challenge to the Obama administration’s greenhouse gas regulations:

“The EPA violated the U.S. Constitution and the federal Clean Air Act when it concocted greenhouse gas regulations out of whole cloth. The EPA’s illegal regulations threaten Texas jobs and Texas employers. As Texas has proven in other lawsuits against the EPA, this is a runaway federal agency, so we are pleased the Obama Administration will have to defend its lawless regulations before the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Background:

Since Day One, Attorney General Abbott has been a leading voice against the Obama Administration’s unprecedented and unlawful greenhouse gas regulations. The State of Texas has filed legal challenges against all four greenhouse gas regulations: the Endangerment Finding, the Tailpipe Rule, the Timing Rule and the Tailoring Rule; as well as the EPA’s attempts to illegally impose these regulations in Texas. Attorney General Abbott also testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on the issue.

2/16/2010: Texas Challenges Federal Government Over EPA Greenhouse Gas Findings
9/16/2010: Texas Files Legal Action To Block Imposition Of EPA Regulations That Threaten Texas Jobs
12/30/2010: Texas Challenges EPA's Unlawful Attempt To Take Over State Air Permitting Program
2/1/2011: Citing Legally Flawed Regulations, Texas Attorney General Abbott Calls on Congress to Rein In EPA
2/9/2011: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Testifies Before Congress on Greenhouse Gas Lawsuits
5/23/2011: Texas Files Opening Brief In Challenge To EPA's Unlawful Endangerment Finding
6/6/2011: Texas Files Challenge to EPA's "Tailpipe Rule" Regulating Greenhouse Gas
6/21/2011: Texas Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regulations, Argues “Timing” and “Tailoring” Rules Violate Federal Law
2/9/2012: Attorney General Abbott Files Challenge to EPA’s Unlawful Imposition of Greenhouse Gas Regulations in Texas
4/22/2013: Texas, 11 Other States Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Hear the States’ Legal Challenge to the EPA’s Flawed Greenhouse Gas Regulations