Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced Texas intends to mount a legal challenge to the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan rule being considered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Texas Public Policy Foundation Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment Kathleen Hartnett White and TPPF’s Fueling Freedom Project Director Doug Domenech issued the following statements:
“TPPF applauds the Attorney General’s announcement of his intention to challenge the legality of EPA’s attempt to reengineer and thus nationalize the nation’s entire system of electric generation,” said White. “The EPA’s attempt to commandeer state governments to mandate what the EPA itself has no authority to mandate should be resisted as soon as possible on every level. Hopefully, federal courts will stop the clock on the EPA’s impossible timelines until full judicial review is complete. Recent Supreme Court decisions suggest that the EPA’s most ambitious overreach in this Clean Power Plan rule will be overturned. As the Supreme Court recently noted, the high court frowns upon EPA’s discovery of elephants in a statutory mouse holes.”
“The Attorney General is right,” said Domenech. “The consequences of the EPA's unconstitutional plan will be devastating to the Texas economy and to the pocket books of every Texas family."
The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently released a paper by White entitled The Facts About the Clean Power Plan.
The Honorable Doug Domenech is Director of the Fueling Freedom Project at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Domenech most recently served as Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia and served as White House Liaison and deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.