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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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