POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Aug. 5, 2015

Texas officials review climate rule before determining response; Senate Republicans claim rule came from improper input


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:

  • Changes in the EPA’s greenhouse gas rule requires Texas to cut its emissions to 33 percent below a 2012 standard, rather than by 39 percent as originally proposed, The Dallas Morning News reports. State officials are still reviewing the rule.

    “”Texas continues to have questions about the appropriateness, overall impact and usurpation of states’ authority,” [Texas Commission on Environmental Quality spokeswoman Andrea Moore] said. “We will review the final rule against those concerns and determine the appropriate response.”

  • Some Senate Republicans believe the Obama administration “improperly colluded with environmental advocates” to write the climate rule for power plants released on Monday. According to The Hill, Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released a new report showing that environmental regulators colluded for five years with the Natural Resources Defense Council  and other green groups and as a result “cut corners and wrote a rule with poor legal backing that will not stand in court.”
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