In a November 25th letter to the EPA, Gov. Perry warned the EPA that its proposed attempts to regulate greenhouse gases would result in devastating costs and job losses to Texas and the nation. The governor's comments were based on findings by the newly formed Texas Advisory Panel on Federal Environmental Regulations, which quickly prepared a report detailing the potential impacts to Texas of the EPA's proposed framework for regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the Clean Air Act. The three-member panel stated that the proposed EPA actions would have little chance of success and "create extreme economic hardships, regulatory uncertainty, and immeasurable standards." The panel estimated that the costs to TCEQ could run anywhere from $40 to $80 million annually and result in a tenfold increase in PSD and Title V permits.

Link to press release.

Link to Gov. Perry’s news conference press release.

Link to Gov. Perry’s speech accepting the Advisory Panel's recommendations.