Lawmakers Defiant Over Federal Clean Air Rule

AUSTIN (AP) – Texas lawmakers have slammed the EPA over a new pollution rule they say will cause electricity shortages and cost hundreds of jobs. But it appears they are ignoring the agency’s attempts to work closely with energy providers to prevent problems.

The lawmakers reiterated at a committee meeting Tuesday accusations made by Gov. Rick Perry, a leading GOP presidential candidate. Perry says EPA regulations cost industry millions of dollars in a weak economy and could force them to cut jobs.

Texas’ largest energy provider, Luminant, announced Monday it would shut down generators and lay off 500 jobs to comply with a new set of rules that go into effect in January. The rules are aimed at cutting smog and acid-rain causing emissions in Texas and 26 other states.

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  • Kim Triolo Feil

    The Texas Vox reported that at a ERCOT meeting that folks could be overheard saying they wished more renewables were in the mix. It was reported that it was wind energy that prevented rolling black outs too! Other public power utilities (municipally owned and rural electric cooperatives) are leading the way in renewables such as San Antonio wants to build 400mw solar and Austins 30mw Webberville is coming forward as well as others looking toward solar. Stop the old school fossil fuel 30-50years old lung busters and get along there lil doggies down the path to green jobs using green grids and green $$ all at the same time…not to mention the relief on the health care system for lung and cancer ailments. Too bad then for cancer centers, drug companies- they don’t get to flourish off of our misery. And those energy companies that are iBM ing it (too big to lead or react to changing market conditions) deserve to go down in blaze of lost revenues. In coal plants using about 10 million gallons of water a day…the time is past for real change. Let’s embrace and encourage those offshore wind energy projects and stop mucking up our seafood industry! Like the Texas Vox article states… “To paraphrase, the answer my friends truly seems to be blowing in the wind, just as the sun comes up every morning.

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