US: The federal government demands that power plants and oil refiners must reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and obtain permits before building new facilities. Texas refuses to comply and is suing the feds for overreach of authority

[sourced from Edward Griffin’s]

So far, federal courts have ruled on the side of the federal government.

[GHG emissions, like CO2, are either harmless or miniscule, so the permits have nothing to do with reducing pollution. They are for revenue and control.] WSJ 2010 Dec 31 (Cached)

Texas Launches Another Legal Challenge to Greenhouse-Gas Rules


WASHINGTON—The state of Texas is raising the stakes in a months-long legal battle over federal greenhouse-gas rules, filing a lawsuit Thursday that challenges the Obama administration’s ability to take over the state’s air permitting program.

The state is filing its lawsuit just one day after a federal appeals court in New Orleans denied Texas’s request to suspend the administration’s efforts to issue greenhouse-gas permits on the state’s behalf.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken special steps to issue those permits after Texas officials declined to make preparations to issue the permits themselves.

In its most recent lawsuit, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Texas says the EPA’s actions represent a violation of the Clean Air Act.

“Once again, the federal government is overreaching and improperly intruding upon the state of Texas and its legal rights,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a statement…

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