The Obama Administration is accused of messing with Texas again. On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency issued new rules designed to cut the nation's carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2025. The mandate is even stronger in Texas, calling for the state to cut its emissions by 39 percent by 2030. The rules give the state three years to devise and issue a carbon reduction plan. But if the comments from Texas leaders are any indication, that won't be happening anytime soon. Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott released a statement blasting the new standards and vowing to fight the policy. Abbott, who has sued the Obama Administration several times, says they are "doubling down on their job-killing agenda."
Governor Rick Perrytook a similar tone. He called the new rules "the most direct assault yet on the energy providers that employ thousands of Americans, and fuel both our homes and our nation's economic growth."
Senator John Cornyncalled the new mandate "nothing more than an energy tax that will raise the cost of electricity for Texans, while destroying jobs."
http://www.cruz.senate.govsaid, "These rules will not only drive up electric bills, but also threaten the reliability of the nation's electric grid and make it harder for American manufacturers to compete in the world market."
Congressman Kevin Brady(R-The Woodlands) said, "These new rules make it clear that President Obama is more interested in pleasing 'global warming' special interest groups than he is in creating jobs and ensuring energy independence for our country."
It appears yet another battle is shaping up between Texas and the Obama Administration, and this one may have the highest stakes yet.