AUSTIN – Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) Vice President of Research and Director of the Center for Economic Freedom Bill Peacock and TPPF Armstrong Center for Energy and Environment Policy Analyst Leigh Thompson testified today before the Texas House International Trade & Governmental Affairs Committee on House Bills 2078, 2080, and 2571.
 
HB 2078 relates to the creation and duties of the Global Climate Change Commission; HB 2080 relates to the creation and implementation of a greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan; and HB 2571 relates to information on projected changes in weather, water availability, and climate variability in strategic plans of state agencies.

“These bills assume that government is the only way to deal with climate change,” said Peacock. “However, those concerned about climate change should look to the market rather than move down the path of government action and the Clean Power Plan that would cost Texans billions of dollars each year.”

"Rather than debate the existence of climate change, consider that a reduction in global temperature of .02º C is not worth Texas’ state sovereignty, economic stability, or sacrifice of the most successful electric grid in the country,” said Thompson. “These are the terms of acceptance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan – or any other plan that seeks to reduce CO2 through shuttering coal-fired power plants.”
 
To schedule an interview with Mr. Peacock or Ms. Thompson, please contact Caroline Espinosa at cespinosa@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700.

Bill Peacock is vice president of research and director of the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.  
 
Leigh Thompson is policy analyst in the Armstrong Center for Energy and Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. 

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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