Texas Fights Back Against Global Warming Legislation

Oil companies are warning Texas that new emissions standards could hurt the state's economy. (Photo: Tim (Timothy) Pearce [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr)

Shea's note: I'm moving to the big city of Portland, Maine, this week and taking a few days off from writing to pack and move. Some of my green blogger pals are helping me out by writing a few guest posts. Today's post comes courtesy of Adam Shake. Read his post and find links to his work at the bottom.

In Texas, where everything is big, including the oil industry, officials claim global warming legislation will hurt the state's economy.

"Texas is the kitchen of the country. We cook up all of the products that are used elsewhere," said State Comptroller Susan Combs, a Republican, referring to the state's large petrochemical and plastics industry. "The recipe for disaster is being cooked up in Washington D.C.," she added.

Joining Gov. Rick Perry in the state capitol, Combs attended a meeting with industry leaders (oil companies) to discuss the threat of federal climate change policy and underscore the oil state's skittishness towards the environmental concerns that are at the core of the Obama administration's policy making.

"I happen to think that what they are discussing could wreck our traditional energy industry and put a very serious dent in our economy," said Perry.

At the heart of the Texans' unwillingness to comply with federal legislation, are provisions that would put a limit on greenhouse gas emissions and require companies to pay for permits to pollute. Under proposed guidelines, refineries under the legislation would be forced to purchase emissions permits, driving up the cost of producing fuel.

As it turns out, Texas is home to the corporate headquarters of the world's largest oil company, Exxon Mobil Corp., and the largest refining company based on refining capacity, Valero Energy Corp., as well as another major oil company, ConocoPhillips.

In a statement released on Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said, "A cap-and-trade approach to address climate change is onerous and misguided, and it will raise energy prices for consumers and adversely impact workers and small businesses during a time of economic hardship."

Via The Wall Street Journal

Author bio: Adam Shake works in Washington, D.C., and is an avid outdoorsman, environmental activist and advocate. He is the founder and president of the popular website Twilight Earth and has recently acquired the eco-tech and green gadget website Eco Tech Daily. Adam can be found on Twitter @adamshake or @twilightearth