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Governing Principle

Texas is a national leader in reducing emissions and known pollutants, and advancing renewable energy sources all while remaining a leader in the nation's energy production. We have successfully balanced the need for environmental improvements with fostering economic growth, new investment, and job creation. Texas continues to advance new, clean energy technology by using market incentives and stable regulation, not costly mandates and taxes.

The Obama administration has taken yet another step in its campaign to harm our economy and impose federal control over Texas. With their efforts to take control of a permitting process that the Clean Air Act allows to be delegated to the states, the EPA is on the verge of killing thousands of Texas jobs and derailing a program that has effectively cleaned Texas' air. An increasingly activist EPA is ignoring the progress Texas has made to clean its air over the last decade, and should instead look to our state's successful approach to issues concerning energy and the environment.

Action Items

»  The air Texans breathe today is cleaner than it was in 2000, even though our population has grown by nearly 3.5 million people.
»  Between 2000 and 2008, while Texas NOx levels decreased by 46% and ozone levels by 22%, national NOx levels fell by only 27%, and national ozone levels declined by only 8%. In comparison, ozone levels in Illinois have only fallen by 12% since 1999.
»  All major Texas metropolitan areas currently meet the 1997 federal eight-hour ozone standard, with the exception of the DFW area, which is within 1 part per billion of meeting the standard. Preliminary data indicates that Houston met the standard for the first time in 2009.
»  In a comparison with 20 eastern and southern states that are most comparable to Texas because the location of industrial facilities and natural ozone levels, Texas is second only to Georgia (25%) in the largest decrease in ozone levels from 2000 to 2008.
»  Despite being the nation's energy capital, Texas has the eleventh lowest NOx emissions rate for power plants among all states according to EPA data.
»  According to Department of Energy and EPA data, since 2000, Texas' CO2 emissions from fossil fuel usage have actually fallen by more than almost any other state and every country except Germany as a result of our policies to foster renewable energy, make the electricity market more competitive and efficient, and improve our environment.

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News & Announcements

  • Monday, June 02, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Governor Perry on New EPA Rules
    “President Obama’s decision to impose drastic new restrictions on America’s energy industry is the most direct assault yet on the energy providers that employ thousands of Americans, and fuel both our homes and our nation’s economic growth. Americans have seen the disastrous results of federal mandates with Obamacare, and these rules will only further stifle our economy’s sluggish recovery and increase energy costs for American families."
  • Monday, May 19, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Americans Deserve Affordable and Reliable Energy and the Jobs That Come With It
    Citing the policies that have made Texas a national energy leader, Gov. Perry called on President Obama to dramatically change his own failed energy policies in order to put more Americans to work. "Americans deserve affordable and reliable energy and the jobs that come with it," Gov. Perry wrote the President. "American businesses need stable and predictable regulations if they are to compete globally, and if our economy is to grow. Mr, President, you have given us mandates that will incapacitate – and possibly eliminate – critical sources of energy while stifling job creation and threatening American energy security."
  • Friday, April 04, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces Emerging Technology Fund Award to Texas A&M University Wind Energy Center
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) is awarding $2.2 million to the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Wind Energy Center for a collaborative project that brings together researchers from universities across the state to develop and increase the capacity of offshore wind energy technology, and help bring it to market. TAMU is working with the Texas Tech University National Wind Resource Center, a national leader in the wind energy industry, as well as the University of Texas at Austin Center for Electromechanics and Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, TAMU-Corpus Christi Conrad Blucher Institute and University of Texas at Brownsville School of Business and Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences.
  • Friday, January 31, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on State Department’s Keystone Pipeline Study
    Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. State Department's environmental impact study on the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Tuesday, November 05, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Prop. 6 Passage
    Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement in response to the passage of Proposition 6: Today, the people of Texas made history, ensuring we’ll have the water we need to grow and thrive for the next five decades, without raising state taxes. Now it’s time to get to work on the projects that’ll help us meet our growing water needs, preserving and improving both our economic strength and quality of life.
  • Monday, July 01, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Start of Second Special Session
    The Texas Legislature is poised to finish its history-making work this year by passing legislation to protect the unborn and women's health, invest in our transportation infrastructure and ensure our justice system is fair but firm.
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Signs Landmark Water Legislation
    Gov. Rick Perry today ceremonially signed House Bill 4, which lays the foundation for meeting Texas’ water future water needs. HB 4 provides for active, full-time governance at the Texas Water Development Board; creates a new funding mechanism to support water-supply project implementation over the next 50 years; and directs local, regional and state officials to prioritize projects to ensure efficient use of available resources.
  • Monday, May 06, 2013 • Houston, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Renews Call for More Offshore Energy Development, Consistent Federal Regulation
    Gov. Rick Perry today renewed his call for more offshore energy development and consistent federal regulations in order to help our nation reach its goal of energy independence. The governor spoke at the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference as part of a panel of coastal governors.
  • Monday, April 29, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on House Bill 11
    Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding House Bill 11: The people of Texas expect their elected officials to address the water needs of our state, and we will do just that. This issue is too important to leave its fate uncertain, and I will work with lawmakers to ensure we address this need in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Friday, August 24, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Asks Obama Administration to Waive Renewable Fuel Standard
    Gov. Rick Perry today asked the Obama Administration to waive the mandated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2012 and 2013. In a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, the governor added Texas to the list of states and leaders supporting the national Petition for Waiver or Partial Waiver of Applicable Volume of Renewable Fuel because of the mandate’s adverse impact on Texas.
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