Texas asks court to stay EPA greenhouse gas rules

Texas asks court to stay EPA greenhouse gas rules
Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 1:44pm

HOUSTON (AP) - Texas has asked a federal court to block new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas rules, arguing they threaten jobs and are based on questionable science.

The motions filed Thursday are based on a lawsuit the state filed in February challenging the EPA's finding that greenhouse gases are dangerous to people. Texas wants the court to block rules that would impose new emission limits on cars and possibly factories and refineries.

The court challenges are all part of a bitter battle between Texas and the EPA. Recently, the EPA has disapproved chunks of the Texas industrial permitting program, a move that left some of the nation's largest refineries in operating limbo.

Gov. Rick Perry has accused the federal agency of meddling in
state affairs.

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