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Texas challenges EPA greenhouse gas regulation
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010, 01:10PM CST
By Mark Lisheron

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed a petition asking the U.S. Court of Appeals to call on the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its regulation of greenhouse gases.

According to petitions filed with the court and the EPA, Texas considers the agency's mandates to be without legal standing. The petitions say the International Panel on Climate Change, the group that produced the scientific assessment used by the EPA, was compromised by lack of objectivity, flawed research and a concerted effort to conceal pertinent scientific evidence.

In a press release issued jointly today, Gov. Rick Perry, Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott and the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Todd Staples, said the EPA's misguided attempt to control greenhouse gases would do untold damage to the Texas economy.

“Texas is aggressively seeking its future in alternative energy through incentives and innovation, not mandates and overreaching regulation,” Perry said. “The EPA’s misguided plan paints a big target on the backs of Texas agriculture and energy producers and the hundreds of thousands of Texans they employ. This legal action is being taken to protect the Texas economy and the jobs that go with it, as well as defend Texas’ freedom to continue our successful environmental strategies
free from federal overreach.”

Tuesday, 02/16/2010 - 01:21PM

The EPA based their decisions on C02 from the IPCC reports. The IPCC reports can't be used by the EPA because they don't meet the EPA's statutory standards which require "peer review". Thankfully papers in the latest IPCC report from the World Wildlife Foundation and the Sierra Club don't count as peer reviewed articles. Dr. Pachauri from the IPCC didn't help the EPA much last week when he admitted their report was based on many non-peer reviewed papers.

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