HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge has ruled the atmosphere and the air must be protected for public use just like water.READ MORE: Governor Abbott Proposes Parental Bill of Rights As Part of Re-Election Campaign
The written ruling issued Monday by Texas District Court Judge Gisela Triana could help attorneys arguing climate change lawsuits in 11 other states. The cases are aimed at forcing states to cut emissions.
Triana shot down arguments by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that only water receives special protection. She called the TCEQ’s argument “legally invalid” but said the case could not go forward until there is an outcome from federal litigation on similar issues.READ MORE: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Refuses To Hand Over January 6 Records
In Texas, though, the ruling is symbolically significant because Republican Gov. Rick Perry is a vocal opponent to widely accepted scientific research that fossil fuel emissions contribute to global warming.
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