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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News)

Plunging oil prices take toll on Texas budget outlook

Republican Comptroller Glenn Hegar said his estimate expects “moderate expansion” in the Texas economy while reflecting uncertainties in oil prices..
The Conoco oil refinery in Rodeo, Calif.,  at sunset. (AP file photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Texas loses another battle against EPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals slapped down Texas’ most recent challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday — the latest defeat in Attorney General Greg Abbott’s lengthy legal crusade against the federal government.
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ERCOT warns of possible rolling blackouts this winter, next summer

Last winter’s rolling blackouts in Texas and the summer’s near-blackouts could occur again in the coming year if extreme weather stresses the power grid more than normal, the state’s grid operator said Thursday.
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Report says power plants are taxing U.S. freshwater supplies

Citing Texas as a prime example, a new report argues U.S. freshwater resources are increasingly burdened by electricity generating plants.
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EPA official: agency will reply to power plant rule before deadline

A top Environmental Protection Agency official said today the agency would have enough time to go through public comments on a proposed power-plant rule that a coalition of utilities and states such as Texas has asked a court to delay.
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Texas says EPA relied on flawed data in latest court filing

Texas filed its second motion against the EPA this week, this time seeking to block enforcement of new air pollution rules amid concerns that the regulations could lead to power outages.
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Texas sues EPA over cross-state pollution rules

The State of Texas follows power plant operator Luminant in filing a suit against the EPA, saying it didn’t allow enough time for the state to comply with new emissions rules set to begin Jan. 1, 2011.
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Texas AG accuses Woodlands-based company of diluting gasoline

The Texas attorney general has filed a lawsuit accusing a gas station company of diluting medium- and premium-grade fuel with regular unleaded.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

EPA’s Lisa Jackson and Texas AG set to square off on Capitol Hill

Texas leaders have been battling the EPA over greenhouse gas regulations in federal courtrooms. But on Wednesday, the fight between Texas and the EPA will move to Washington, with state Attorney General Greg Abbott and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson set to testify before Congress.
A cowboy practices his lasso technique during a competition in Guadalajara, Mexico.  (AP Photo/Carlos Jasso)

Texas AG asks Congress to lasso EPA

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked congressional leaders to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency and block new greenhouse gas regulations he says will kill jobs and raise energy bills. At least a half dozen proposals on Capitol Hill aim to do just that.