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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Gov. Perry: Cap and Trade Legislation will Significantly Increase the Cost of Living for Texans

September 22, 2009
Texas Insider
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today underscored the need to pursue innovative energy sources as an alternative to the burdensome regulations associated with proposed federal cap and trade legislation that would increase the cost of living for Texas families and crush Texas and the nation’s energy producing sectors. The governor spoke at a discussion hosted by the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Texas Railroad Commission and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. “The energy taxes associated with the Waxman-Markey Bill will make every product that uses energy more expensive, forcing hard-working Texans to bear substantial new costs, and kicking a hole in our state’s economic strength,” Gov. Perry said. “At a time when nationwide unemployment is pushing double digits and families across the country and our state are dealing with the loss of a paycheck, we need to be looking for ways to hold down the cost of living, not increase it.” Implementing the regulations associated with the Waxman-Markey Bill, also known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act, would be the single largest tax increase in U.S. history, significantly increasing the cost of living for all Texas families by an additional $1,200 per year according to the comptroller. Additionally, a study by Texas A&M University suggests that virtually all Texas ranchers and farmers would be negatively impacted by the bill. This bill would also cripple Texas’ energy sector, irreparably damaging both the state and national economies and severely impacting national oil and gas supplies. Texas’ energy industry fuels the nation, supplying 20 percent of the nation’s oil production, one-fourth of the nation’s natural gas production, a quarter of the nation’s refining capacity, and nearly 60 percent of the nation’s chemical manufacturing. Additionally, Texas’ energy industry employs 200,000 to 300,000 Texans, with $35 billion in total wages. Rather than adopting this misguided legislation or allowing the EPA to overly regulate every sector of the economy, Gov. Perry has proposed that the federal government follow Texas’ lead by making alternative energy technologies less expensive, thereby encouraging widespread commercial use and removing barriers to innovation and competition. Modernizing the national energy grid to support wind and solar energy transmission, facilitating investments in the development of carbon capture and sequestration technologies, and removing barriers to investment in nuclear generation would reduce carbon emissions while encouraging competitiveness, innovation and growth in alternative energy sources. “Texas has shown that you don’t need the federal government to intrude on individual rights and freedoms to foster the next generation of energy technology while improving our environment in ways that positively impact our air cleanliness and public health,” Gov. Perry said. Texas has already installed more wind power than any other state and all but four countries, and is developing new transmission lines that will move more than 18,000 megawatts across the state – nearly as much as all other states’ current capacity combined. Texas has also attracted more than 9,000 megawatts of energy from the development of next generation nuclear power plants. The state is also looking to add new clean coal plants which will capture and sequester carbon dioxide emissions or use the carbon dioxide to increase production from Texas oil fields. Diversifying the state’s energy portfolio remains a priority for Gov. Perry. To view the governor’s full remarks, please visit

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T. Boone Pickens Endorses Rick Perry For 2010.

Did you know: Texas has installed more wind power than any other state and all but four countries and is developing new transmission lines that will move more than 18,000 megawatts across the state – nearly as much as all other states’ current capacity combined.

Under Governor Rick Perry, Texas is working toward a diverse energy portfolio, responsibly developing our state's resources and providing for energy security for generations to come. Whether it is oil, clean coal, natural gas, nuclear, wind, solar, or other up-and-coming sources, Texas is ahead of the curve when it comes to energy diversity.

A true leader in the energy industry, entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens today officially endorsed Governor Perry for re-election, explaining:

“Governor Perry is a proven leader who has been instrumental in helping Texas maintain a key role in the national economy, despite the many challenges we face,” said Pickens. “He understands what needs to be done to address the threat of foreign oil imports and how we should begin using a cleaner, cheaper, domestic option – Texas’ abundant natural gas supplies.”

Keep Texas strong. Support Governor Perry. Join the growing list of folks just like T. Boone Pickens who have joined the Perry 2010 team. You can add your own endorsement at

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The Harms of Cap & Trade vs. Texas-Style Energy Solutions.

This morning, Governor Rick Perry spoke at an important energy summit at the Texas Capitol on the issue of cap and trade legislation that is making its way through Congress in Washington, DC. Cap and trade, also referred to as "Waxman-Markey," represents a serious threat to the Texas economy, and it would be the largest tax increase in the history of the United States.

Watch the Governor's remarks for yourself:

Cap and trade could cripple Texas’ energy sector, irreparably damaging both the state and national economies and severely impacting national oil and gas supplies. Employing 200,000 to 300,000 Texans, the energy industry in this state alone supplies 1/5 of the nation’s oil production, 1/4 of the America’s natural gas production, 1/4 the nation’s refining capacity, and nearly 60 percent of the nation’s chemical manufacturing. Cap and trade is a direct assault on the Texas energy industry-- an industry that is already modernizing and diversifying into alternatives such as wind and solar without the kind of severe taxes and overbearing regulation the federal government seeks to impose.

Join Governor Perry in his stand against federal Cap & Trade legislation. Amplify your impact. Sign up at

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T. Boone Pickens Endorses Gov. Rick Perry for Re-election

September 22, 2009
Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of energy entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens for re-election in 2010. “Governor Perry is a proven leader who has been instrumental in helping Texas maintain a key role in the national economy, despite the many challenges we face,” said Pickens. “He understands what needs to be done to address the threat of foreign oil imports and how we should begin using a cleaner, cheaper, domestic option – Texas’ abundant natural gas supplies.” “Boone has been an undisputed success in making Texas’ energy industry the economic pillar it is for our state today,” said Gov. Perry. “He has been a powerful partner in our state’s efforts to not only cultivate our fossil fuels industry but to diversify our energy sources so Texas can remain a leader in the worldwide energy market. I’m honored to have Boone supporting my campaign and look forward to working with him as we keep Texas at the forefront of the global and national economy.”
T. Boone Pickens, energy entrepreneur

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Count on the EPA to regulate Texas’ prosperity

September 16, 2009
East Texas Review
William Murchison
Gov. Rick Perry could say – and probablywill – that he nailed it.In his State of the State speech to the Legislature last winter, Perry fingered the federal Environmental Protection Agency as a potential cause of grief to the state. “Unfortunately,” he said, “our strength in petrochemical production and refining makes us a big target on the radar of an increasingly activist [read: newly controlled-by-Democrats] EPA, whose one-size-fits-all approaches could severely harm our energy sector; an agency whose potential to harm our state with punitive actions will only increase in the months and years to come.” And sure enough… Here’s the Associated Press on Sept. 8: “The air-pollution permitting process in the nation’s largest greenhouse-gas producing state does not adhere to the Clean Air Act and portions of it should be thrown out, federal regulators said Tuesday in an announcement applauded by Texas environmentalists.” It’s a complicated story, as are most narratives concerning the federal government’s renewed — what with a new administration in power – quest to root out “polluters.” Texas has a previously okayed system of flexible permits, which system lets polluters exceed emission limits here and there provided an overall emissions average is reached. EPA, now headed by ex-New Jersey clean air enforcer Lisa P. Jackson, plans a comment period of 60 days for new regulations that it plans to strap on the state in the coming year. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has seen this confrontation coming on. Says TCEQ executive director Mark Vickery: “Now that the EPA has placed its cards on the table and we finally know what specific objections they have with our programs, we look forward to working with them to resolve outstanding issues. We hope the EPA will consider the actual emission reductions achieved through our state programs and will continue to build on these successes.” Well, maybe. On the other hand, Public Citizen, the Naderite lobby, likens EPA’s announcement to the proclamation of “the day of reckoning that we’ve known has been coming.” Look for tighter regulations, stronger pressure on industry – and, for Texas, the economic heebie-jeebies. Perry justifiably notes the connection between the state’s relative prosperity and its delicate embrace of industries that, gee whiz, pollute. It’s the price of progress – a matter to be weighed and balanced in democratic forums where the necessities both of economic growth and clean air find hearings. The EPA, a bureaucracy of bureaucracy, hardly qualifies as a democratic forum. Watch for court action. Watch first for political fallout. Perry will rightly suggest, and more than suggest, that Obama-style clampdown on refineries, petrochemical plants, and coal-fired power plants is sure to drive up the cost of power for Texans, and thus put their state more on a level with less prosperous states, such as California. Speaking of the Golden State…you may recall its recent law stipulating that cars sold in California must be 40 percent cleaner and more fuel-efficient by 2016. So taken with the idea is the Obama administration that it wants the whole nation to copy it – never mind the lunacy of jacking up car prices at a time relatively few Americans (sans government “clunker” subsidies) feel like paying for new cars. One can’t wait to see how our federally controlled auto companies, GM and Chrysler, are going to respond to the challenge. EPA administrator Jackson, while running the environmental show in New Jersey, joined a suit against the late Bush administration for blocking states from enacting tougher standards than the EPA mandates. I believe the relevant warning at this point is, Katy bar the door. That’s not reckoning, of course, with Texans’ fundamental indisposition to being shoved around by Higher Authorities. It’s a safe bet that the Governor, having issued a jeremiad concerning the EPA’s intentions, will take steps to resist. In fact, he will love it. First, because he doesn’t cotton, basically, to federal interference in state affairs; second, because it gives him the chance to tickle voter sentiment, this year and next, about threats to Texas prosperity. The Governor can’t file lawsuits. That’s the province of the Attorney General, but one would be justified probably in supposing that the State won’t go gently into the non-polluted, economically darkened night envisioned by the Obama administration and its Environmental Protection Agency. Which affray, by the way, is one more reminder of what lies in store for economic standouts like Texas in a world against the backdrop of deprivation and agony in states – like California – more in tune philosophically with the new federal regime. The standouts are going to stand out by virtue of the federal tendency to pick on them so as to pull them down to a more acceptable level of growth and prosperity. Of course it doesn’t make sense! Pull down your standouts? It’s never made sense. But the impulse seems embedded in a certain kind human nature, and now in the power exercised by a government whose consistent them seems to be that too many people have too much of whatever. That means us, fellow Texans.

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Texas Chemical Council Endorses Governor Perry

Today, the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) officially announced their endorsement of Governor Rick Perry for re-election.

“I am thankful to have the support of the Chemical Council, whose member companies represent an integral part of our state’s economy and are providing jobs for hardworking Texans,” said Gov. Perry. “I am proud of our state’s chemical industry and look forward to helping maintain its strength in the years to come.”

A longtime champion of causes important to the Texas chemical industry, Gov. Perry stood up to federally proposed cap-and-trade legislation and regulation of CO2 by the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Governor Rick Perry is a proven leader who has solidified Texas' reputation as the best state in the nation to do business through policies that attract capital investment and generate high-paying, high-quality jobs that sustain our state’s economy,” said TCC President and CEO Hector L. Rivero. “As a major economic engine since the 1940s, the chemical industry is among the first high-tech industries in Texas and continues to be an innovator through advanced research and development."

Find the full Press Release regarding the endorsement here.

For more information about the Texas Chemical Council visit their website here.

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VIDEO: Governor Perry speaking to the McLennan County Republican Women in Waco.

Last night in Waco, Governor Perry earned rave reviews for his passionate, inspirational speech to the McLennan County Republican Women at their Lincoln Day dinner.

Watch the speech for yourself in the three clips below.

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The Governor also tweeted a few photos live from the event on his Twitter feed: @GovernorPerry. For the latest videos, updated almost daily, check back often at Governor Perry's YouTube channel.

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Going Alamo: Why jobs and companies are flocking to a big small-government state

July 20, 2009
National Review
If you want to know where the future is headed, look where the people are going. And if you want to know where the people are going, check with U-Haul. Here's an interesting indicator, first noted by the legendary economist Arthur Laffer: Renting a 26-foot U-Haul truck to go from Austin to San Francisco this July would cost you about $900. Renting the same truck to go from San Francisco to Austin? About $3,000. In the great balance of supply and demand, California has a large supply of people who are demanding to move to Texas. There's a reason for this. "Did the greater prosperity in low-tax states happen by chance?" asks Laffer, who studied the issue for a detailed economic report, Rich States, Poor States. "What seems obvious to us appears as right-wing science fiction to many California legislators and pundits. They claim that serious reform of the tax code is unrealistic, that a large state has many duties to fulfill, and that it is irresponsible to call for a return to a 19th century view of the role of government. . . . Not only does Texas lack a highly progressive income tax — it doesn't have one at all! We hasten to add that the last time we checked, Texas still had literate kids, navigable roads and functioning hospitals, which one would think impossible given the hysterical rhetoric coming from defenders of California's punitive tax system. In fact, the Texas success story illustrates everything we have been recommending for California all these years. How do they do that?" How, indeed? Texas was among the last states to enter the recession. California is expected to be the last state to leave it. Texas has lots of jobs and not much in the way of taxes. California, the other way around. California has Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Hollywood Republican who presided over enormous expansions of spending and debt. Texas has <a href="/about">Rick Perry</a>, a classic conservative hard case who just vetoed a pre-kindergarten spending bill, adding to the record number of vetoes he's handed down as governor. And it's not just Perry — the story of Texas politics is full of Democrats who would have been too right-wing to be elected as Republicans in Connecticut or Pennsylvania. Things are a little different down south of the Red River. Governor Perry sums up the Texas model in five words: "Don't spend all the money." Here's what a good long run of small-government, low-tax conservatism has achieved in Texas: Once a largely agricultural state, Texas today is home to 6 of the 25 largest cities in the country, more than any other state. Texas has a trillion-dollar economy that would make it the 15th-largest national economy in the world if it were, as some of its more spirited partisans sometimes idly suggest it should be, an independent country. By one estimate, 70 percent of the new jobs that were created in the United States in 2008 were created in Texas. Texas is home to America's highest-volume port, the largest medical center in the world, and the headquarters of more Fortune 500 companies than any other state, having surpassed New York in 2008. While the Rust Belt mourns the loss of manufacturing jobs, Texans are building Bell helicopters and Lockheed Martin airplanes, Dell computers and TI semiconductors. Always keeping an eye on California, Texans have started bottling wine and making movies. And there's still an automobile industry in America, but it's not headquartered in Detroit: A couple thousand Texans are employed building Toyotas, and none of them is a UAW member.

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Governor Perry's Instavision Interview.

Wednesday, Governor Perry linked up via webcam for a PJTV interview with Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit. The two discussed social media, Texas' balanced budget, cap and trade, tort reform, border security, and upcoming TEA parties. The Governor explained the four ways to keep a state on the right track: 1) keep taxes low; 2) keep your regulatory climate fair and predictable; 3) create a legal system that prevents oversuing; and 4) make education accountable. You can watch the entire interview here:

Governor Rick Perry on PJTV with Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit)

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Perry: Carbon Caps 'Disastrous' for Texas

December 10, 2008
The Wall Street Journal
Russell Gold
AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry said federal regulation of carbon-dioxide emissions would be "absolutely economically disastrous" for energy-rich Texas, one of the few parts of the country still adding jobs. The Republican's views are increasingly at odds with those of the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama, whose energy and environment appointees favor using the power of the federal government to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, so called because they trap the sun's heat in the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has taken an increasingly public stance opposing federal greenhouse-gas regulation. "If you put that type of regulation in place in America, it will stifle innovation and strangle the American economy," Gov. Perry said during an interview in his office, where his cowboy hat sits on a bust of George Washington. As he stakes out his role as a high-profile dissenter on carbon legislation, Gov. Perry is leading a state that is changing. His opposition to federal cap-and-trade legislation to limit emissions plays well with Texas' traditional business community and many large campaign contributors; Texas is far and away the top carbon-dioxide-emitting state and largest coal consumer. But the state also has a growing renewable-energy industry. Texas has almost twice as much electrical generating capacity from wind turbines as second-place state, California, and far more than others. .... Some statehouse observers see in Gov. Perry's opposition to Washington regulations a shrewd political calculation. He is positioning himself as an outside-the-Beltway voice as he prepares for an anticipated, bruising political challenge from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. She is widely expected to run for the governor's mansion in 2010. Her spokesman declined to comment.

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