HOUSTON (October 15, 2013)--Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Tuesday welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the state's arguments against federal rules to block greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and refineries.
The court said Tuesday it would hear Texas' argument that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot regulate that pollution.
Abbott says the EPA overstepped its authority, and that the regulations threaten Texas jobs and employers.
The EPA says it can regulate such emissions based on a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that found that automobile emissions of greenhouses gases can be considered air pollutants.
A federal appeals court upheld the agency's interpretation that the ruling also applies to such emissions from power plants and refineries.
Texas leads the nation in greenhouse gas emissions and industrial pollution.