Gov. Perry on the Environment and Natural Resources

Under Gov. Perry, Texas is moving aggressively to create a diverse portfolio of energy sources, including renewable, natural gas, coal and nuclear power to meet the needs of our growing population in an eco-sensitive manner. Texas is a national leader in reducing emissions and known pollutants and advancing renewable energy sources. Texas has done so while balancing the need for environmental improvements with fostering economic growth, new investment and job creation.

  • Renewable Energy. Texas has installed more wind power than any other state, and more than all but four other countries. We are also a leader in solar, biofuel, clean coal and nuclear efforts. Texas continues to foster new, clean energy technology by using market incentives and stable regulation, not costly mandates and taxes.
  • The Texas Emissions Reduction Plan. In lieu of sweeping federal mandates, Gov. Perry authorized an incentive-driven Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, which has reduced ozone levels in Texas cities by 22 percent since its adoption.

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Texas air program should be copied, not obstructed

June 3, 2010

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Governor Rick Perry

Clean air and good jobs; When it comes down to it, that’s the legacy of Texas’ existing air permitting program.

Operating from a position mired in bureaucracy, however, the EPA is determined to “federalize” our 16-year-old system. It’s a move that will kill tens of thousands of Texas jobs and effectively kick the legs out from under one of the strongest economies in the country during a time when our national economy remains on shaky ground.

They certainly can’t find fault with what Texas has accomplished under our system:

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Cap and Tax Threatening Texas Jobs

In less than six months, Texas voters will go to the polls and choose between two starkly different visions for Texas.

The first vision is one of limited government that fosters an environment for good Texas jobs, economic growth, boundless opportunity, and greater personal freedom.

The second, favored by Gov. Perry’s opponent, is a vision of more government spending, more taxation, and expanded government control over every aspect of your life. He supports the goals Obama-care. He calls spending cuts by state agencies “Soviet-style” governance. And he supports California-style emissions regulations, which would cripple industry in Texas.

In fact, if you wonder why Bill White is an Obama-like liberal, look no further than the issue of cap and trade…more accurately known as cap and tax, because it will cap our economy and tax away our jobs.

While Texas leaders fight the Obama Administration’s job-killing regulatory policies in court, the former mayor of Houston—our nation’s largest energy producer—advocates policies that would decimate the very industry the Bayou City was built on.

The Democratic nominee for governor went so far as to send an advisory memo to Obama’s chief of staff, telling him how to sell cap and tax to the American public!

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Texas is lauded for leadership in wind power generation

May 25, 2010

Dallas Morning News

Eric Torbenson

Iowa wants what Texas has: brisk job growth linked to fast-growing wind generation.

"I just want Texas to know that we're coming after you," said Iowa Gov. Chet Culver on Monday at the Windpower 2010 convention in Dallas, where he and two other governors lobbied for federal rules that would spur wind power development.

While the environmental appeal of wind power endures, it's the high-paying employment from wind technology suppliers, maintenance workers and utility companies that's also good political capital for Culver, who was joined by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in touting wind's stimulus.

"Texas has to be applauded for what it's done" with wind power, Strickland said at a news conference where he announced a partnership with General Electric Co. to help build the first offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes.

About 10,000 jobs linked to Texas wind power today will grow to more than 41,000 as the state builds out its wind grid and nearly doubles its generating capacity this decade, a recent study projects. Texas plans to spend $5 billion to build lines to carry wind-generated electricity from the west to North Texas and big population centers.

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Perry travels to Palacios

May 13, 2010

Victoria Advocate

Adriana Acosta

PALACIOS - When Elizabeth Castandon first heard of the program, she grew skeptical.

"I was not convinced the program would work," said Elizabeth, a Palacios High School senior who is now president of that same group - Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science, Engineering and Technology.

"My interest in engineering would have not happened had I not been a part of Power Set," she said Thursday to an auditorium filled with students, local officials, family and Gov. Rick Perry .

Elizabeth is the next generation who will lead the area into the future of nuclear power, Perry said.

On Thursday, Perry presented a $175,000 workforce training grant to the Power Set Workforce Industry Training program at the Palacios High School Fine Arts Auditorium.

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Cap and Tax Threatening Texas Jobs

In less than six months, Texas voters will go to the polls and choose between two starkly different visions for Texas.

The first vision is one of limited government that fosters an environment for good Texas jobs, economic growth, boundless opportunity, and greater personal freedom.

The second, favored by Gov. Perry’s opponent, is a vision of more government spending, more taxation, and expanded government control over every aspect of your life. He supports the goals Obama-care. He calls spending cuts by state agencies “Soviet-style” governance. And he supports California-style emissions regulations, which would cripple industry in Texas.

In fact, if you wonder why Bill White is an Obama-like liberal, look no further than the issue of cap and trade…more accurately known as cap and tax, because it will cap our economy and tax away our jobs.

While Texas leaders fight the Obama Administration’s job-killing regulatory policies in court, the former mayor of Houston—our nation’s largest energy producer—advocates policies that would decimate the very industry the Bayou City was built on.

The Democratic nominee for governor went so far as to send an advisory memo to Obama’s chief of staff, telling him how to sell cap and tax to the American public!

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California Should Copy Texas

December 7, 2009

Investor's Business Daily

California: While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worries about rising seas, his state sinks below the waves. Don't mess with Texas, they say. But California and the nation could follow its lead.

Last Wednesday, Gov. Schwarzenegger released a new report based on research compiled by the California Energy Commission claiming that by 2100 San Francisco Bay would be more bay than San Francisco, with Fisherman's Wharf and Treasure Island under the rising waters of climate change.

His show-and-tell, which included a new Google Earth application the commission spent $150,000 to help develop, goes a long way toward explaining the once-Golden State's slide into an economic and budgetary abyss.

The governor and legislative Democrats in 2006 approved a new law requiring California to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020. This 2020 vision was myopic, and the state has been losing industry, jobs and people ever since. But the governor persists, warning Wednesday that "we must also be prepared if climate change continues to worsen."

State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine, is among those who have questioned the science behind such economic decisions, as others have done at the national level, particularly in the wake of the Climate-gate scandal involving Britain's Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

"Combined with the $21 billion deficit we're facing in the coming year, this shows we ought to be focusing our attention on more mundane things — like living within our means," DeVore says. "To use this all-encompassing rubric of climate change as a power grab to usurp property rights is something we shouldn't be doing."

While the state focuses on windmills, solar panels and electric cars, vast offshore oil resources go undeveloped and nuclear power is ignored. An energy-starved California, according to a recent Milken Institute report, has lost nearly 400,000 manufacturing jobs.

Large areas of the state are being turned back into desert due to a man-made drought to save obscure species of fish such as the delta smelt in the San Joaquin Valley.

More than 450,000 acres have been allowed to go barren as farmers in an area that once fed the world line up at food pantries. Unemployment, at 17% across the Valley, reaches upward of 40% in towns such as Mendota (2006 population: 9,752).

It's no surprise, then, that Californians have been voting with their feet, leaving the state in droves. Between 2005 and 2007, some 2.14 million fled to other states, while only 1.44 million moved in from other states. The state motto seems to be "Go East, Young Man."

Texans are more fortunate. Gov. Rick Perry doesn't offer human sacrifices to the earth goddess Gaia. He focuses on jobs and economic growth. Texas is growing, creating economic wealth and attracting entrepreneurs and workers.

An article in the October edition of Trends magazine, titled "America's Future: California vs. Texas," states rather starkly: "From the Great Depression on, California was a dream destination for Americans. Now it looks like a nightmare, taking on new debt at a rate of $25 million a day."

Texas has encouraged alternative energy, as part of its all-of-the-above approach, but has not mandated it to the exclusion of everything else and not where the cost exceeds the benefit.

Once the oil capital of North America, Texas is rapidly turning into the capital of wind power. It has reached the point that more than 3% of its electricity, enough to supply power to 1 million homes, comes from wind turbines.

Texas has prospered, according to the article, due to an emphasis on laissez-faire markets and individual responsibility vs. California's reliance on central planning and subsidizing a vast and growing social safety net.

The Lone Star State has created 70% of the new jobs in the entire U.S. since 2008 and has more Fortune 500 headquarters than any other place in the union. California has 51, New York 56 and Texas 64.

Maybe the jobs summit should have been held at the governor's mansion in Austin.

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Gov. Perry’s Leadership Draws Broad Statewide Support

December 2, 2009

Joins More Than 60 Associations and Conservative Leaders To Tout Vision for Texas’ Future

DALLAS – Gov. Rick Perry today joined more than 60 associations and conservative leaders who have endorsed his re-election to highlight his diverse, statewide support. He also touted accomplishments that have strengthened Texas’ economy and offered his vision to keep Texas moving forward.

“I am deeply honored to have the support of these Texans from fields including agriculture, healthcare, retail sales, manufacturing construction, law enforcement and education, as well as advocates for genuine Texas values, all of whom play an essential role in our state’s future,” said Gov. Perry. “With support like this, anything is possible, and I am genuinely grateful for their endorsements.”

From trade associations including the Texas Municipal Police Association, Texas Association of Realtors and Texas Medical Association, to influential conservative leaders including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Gov. Perry’s endorsements highlight the broad-based support he has from diverse groups and industries. He also has strong support from the state’s Republican Party leadership, including endorsements from two-thirds of the State Republican Executive Committee leadership, several former chairs of the Republican Party of Texas, and Republican National Committeeman Bill Crocker.

Gov. Perry emphasized his focus on job creation and economic development, noting its importance to maintaining the state’s economic strength and pointing to the state’s low taxes, predictable regulatory climate, fair legal system and education efforts that have helped make it a national leader in exports and Fortune 500 companies.

The governor also spoke against the misguided policies being promoted by Washington, including cap-and-trade and healthcare reform, that would expand government, increase debt and further intrude into Americans’ lives. He noted the important role states should play in offering innovative, effective alternatives to the challenges our nation faces.

“The future well-being of our country resides at the state level with experienced executives leading their states to sustain a climate of innovation while running interference with a federal government run amok,” said Gov. Perry. “That is why I am seeking re-election. I love Texas and I am fully convinced that we have the fundamentals in place to lead our country out of these tough times.”

Moving forward, Gov. Perry reiterated his proposals to make the recent small business tax cut permanent, promote a Constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote of the legislature to increase state taxes, root out unnecessary regulations that stifle innovation and investment, and expand the number of STEM schools in the state and UTeach programs at state universities.

Click here to view a video highlighting Gov. Perry's endorsements.

Below is the list of individuals and groups who have endorsed Gov. Perry’s re-election:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
Texas Municipal Police Association
Texas Chemical Council
Texas Society of Professional Engineers
Republican National Committeewoman Cathie Adams
Texas Right to Life
Houston Realty Business Coalition
Texas Apartment Association
TX Republican County Chairman Assoc. Pres. Linda Rogers
Heidi Group Founder Carol Everett
Texas Alliance for Life
Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC
Texas Home School Coalition PAC
Texans for Life Coalition President Kyleen Wright
Conservative Republicans of Texas President Dr. Steve Hotze
Free Market Foundation President Kelly Shackelford
Texas Chiropractic Association
Americans for Prosperity* State Director Peggy Venable
Texas State Association of Fire Fighters
Texas Association of Realtors
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Texas Civil Justice League PAC
Texas Oil and Gas Association President Rob Looney
Concerned Women for America State Director Ann Hettinger
Texas Optometric Association PAC
Texas Pest Control Association
Energy Entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens
Texas Recreational Vehicle Association
Texas Poultry Federation
Justice at the Gate Founder Alice Patterson
Former Republican Party of Texas Chair Tina Benkiser
Texas Cattle Feeders Beef-PAC
Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly
Texas Pharmacy Business Council
Justice Foundation President Allan Parker, Jr.
Texas Podiatric Medical Association
Texas Association for Interior Design
Former Texas Republican Party Chairman Susan Weddington
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Bill Bennett
Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins
WallBuilders President and Founder David Barton
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour
Texas Association of Builders HOMEPAC
Manufacturers PAC of Texas
Texas Medical Association TEXPAC
Former Republican Party of Texas Chair George Strake
Texas Society of Anesthesiologists PAC
Texas Restaurant Association PAC
Vision America Founder Dr. Rick Scarborough
Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas PAC
Recreational Fishing Alliance
Texas Recreational Fishing Alliance
Texas Nursery and Landscape Association PAC
Career Colleges and Schools of Texas
Two-Thirds of the State Republican Executive Committee
Republican National Committeeman Bill Crocker
Former Republican Party of Texas Chair Tom Pauken
Texas Motor Transportation Association TRUCKPAC
Empower Texans PAC

*Organization listed for identification purposes only, Americans for Prosperity itself does not endorse candidates.
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Governor Perry’s Leadership Draws Broad Array of Endorsements.

Add your own endorsement: visit Perry Home Headquarters and invite your friends and family to support Governor Rick Perry!

The list of endorsing organizations and leaders is unparalleled for 2010, and support for Rick Perry just keeps growing:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
Texas Municipal Police Association
Texas Chemical Council
Texas Society of Professional Engineers
Republican National Committeewoman Cathie Adams
Texas Right to Life
Houston Realty Business Coalition
Texas Apartment Association
TX Republican County Chairman Assoc. Pres. Linda Rogers
Heidi Group Founder Carol Everett
Texas Alliance for Life
Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC
Texas Home School Coalition PAC
Texans for Life Coalition President Kyleen Wright
Conservative Republicans of Texas President Dr. Steve Hotze
Free Market Foundation President Kelly Shackelford
Texas Chiropractic Association
Americans for Prosperity* State Director Peggy Venable
Texas State Association of Fire Fighters
Texas Association of Realtors
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Texas Civil Justice League PAC
Texas Oil and Gas Association President Rob Looney
Concerned Women for America State Director Ann Hettinger
Texas Optometric Association PAC
Texas Pest Control Association
Energy Entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens
Texas Recreational Vehicle Association
Texas Poultry Federation
Justice at the Gate Founder Alice Patterson
Former Republican Party of Texas Chair Tina Benkiser
Texas Cattle Feeders Beef-PAC
Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly
Texas Pharmacy Business Council
Justice Foundation President Allan Parker, Jr.
Texas Podiatric Medical Association
Texas Association for Interior Design
Former Texas Republican Party Chairman Susan Weddington
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Bill Bennett
Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins
WallBuilders President and Founder David Barton
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour
Texas Association of Builders HOMEPAC
Manufacturers PAC of Texas
Texas Medical Association TEXPAC
Former Republican Party of Texas Chair George Strake
Texas Society of Anesthesiologists PAC
Texas Restaurant Association PAC
Vision America Founder Dr. Rick Scarborough
Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas PAC
Recreational Fishing Alliance
Texas Recreational Fishing Alliance
Texas Nursery and Landscape Association PAC
Career Colleges and Schools of Texas
Two-Thirds of the State Republican Executive Committee
Republican National Committeeman Bill Crocker
Former Republican Party of Texas Chair Tom Pauken
Texas Motor Transportation Association TRUCKPAC
Empower Texans PAC

*Organization listed for identification purposes only, Americans for Prosperity itself does not endorse candidates.

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Gov. Perry: Have courage to fight bills

November 18, 2009

McKinney Courier-Gazette

Brian Bearden

Gov. Perry wants Texans to have courage to fight against bills pushed by Congress

Packed house in Collin County warned that Obama's policies would be disaster

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said there’s a reason that Barack Obama is president and the Democrats control the Congress.

“Before the last election, there were too many Republicans who were elected that went to Washington and acted like a Democrat.”

Perry, who made no mention of his Republican opponent in the governor's race, told a packed Monday afternoon gathering at Collin County Republican Party headquarters on Stacy Road in McKinney that citizens and voters need to be engaged, go to Tea Party rallies, attend Town Halls, write their representatives and battle for what they believe in everyday.

Perry said the reason the president’s health care bill has not passed is because so many turned out across the country at town hall meetings in August.

Perry said that although Democrats say the overflow town halls meetings were fake “Astroturf” and not actual grass-roots efforts, the movement is real.

“You better believe it is real,” Perry said. “Harry Reid and the Democrats may say it is not, but the Senate would not have voted down the public option if it was not real. We need to be engaged. It is our responsibility.”

Perry, who was not met with any protests during his talk, was asked if he required a teleprompter to give his speech. Perry said no thank you.

Perry said voters need to beware of the Cap and Trade legislation being worked up on Capitol Hill.

“The health care bill the Democrats want will be a disaster,” Perry said. “The Cap and Trade bill will be a disaster to the Southern states and Texas in particular. The president himself has said that energy costs will skyrocket. Electric bills will go way up.

“Here is the sad part,” Perry said. “The administrator of the EPA herself has said that if passed it will not have a positive impact on the environment, but it will be a disaster for the United States.”

Perry said that America needs to return more power to the states, as advised by Justice Louis Brandeis, who said, “America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.”

Perry said let one state try health care or Cap and Trade first.

“If a state has an idea, it can try it out first,” Perry said.

The governor said more states might want to try lowering taxes.

“States should be the labatories of innovation,” Perry said. “I don’t think I could get the other 49 governors to admit that they want to be like Texas. ... at least publicly. ... but you better believe they would love to have the situation we have in Texas.”

Perry cited recent announcements by the governor of New York that it might be almost out of money, and California, where the Golden State is having problems.

Perry cautioned that Texas is also going through tough times along with the rest of the economy.

“You have to create jobs, and one of the ways to do that is not to over-regulate and tax them,” he said.

Perry cited Collin County has a place that’s struggling but moving forward. As thousands continue to move into Collin County, Perry told the group at Craig Ranch that David Craig was right.

“This used to be farms and fields,” Perry said. “He was right. They have to move somewhere.”

Perry said the way to get people to move in instead of leave is simple.

“In government after you take care of the basic necessities, you have to get out of the way and let the private sector do what it needs to do.”

Perry said that elected officials need to keep government off the backs of working people.

“There is a lack of courage in Washington, D.C.,” Perry said. “There is a lack of courage in a whole bunch of states where they didn’t say no to all the special interest groups.

“In Texas, we didn’t have a choice,” he said. “We got together and said, ‘If we are Republicans, then we are going to act like Republicans.”

Perry said the key to the economy rebounding comes down to jobs.

“I don’t make an apology for being a pro-jobs governor,” Perry said. “You can’t have the better schools, roads, processes and what have you unless you have the jobs. This is where you have to have the courage, have the vision and love for your state. ... Listen - if you can do it, it is not bragging.”

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Report: Texas greenhouse gas emissions down

November 13, 2009

Washington Post

John McFarland

Environment Texas analyzed the most recent U.S. Department of Energy statistics that show the state is still the leader in carbon-dioxide emissions but cut such pollution by 2 percent between 2004 and 2007. In that same four-year period, emissions around the country went up 0.7 percent and increased in 33 states, according to the report.

"We can drive the economy without driving up pollution," said Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger. "By moving to clean energy, we can cut pollution, help jump-start the economy and create millions of new clean energy jobs around the country."

The group's analysis covered 2004-2007, but emissions in Texas actually began dropping in 2002, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Carbon dioxide emissions in the state have dropped 5 percent between 2002 and 2007.

Finding the balance between the environment and the economy is a constant struggle in Texas. The state relies heavily on the energy industry and has more coal-fired power plants, chemical plants and oil refineries than any other. And with a rapidly growing population, there's always need for more power.

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