For the 45th time since Barack Obama took the oath of office in 2009, the state of Texas goes into federal court today to try to halt a federal regulation, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
This time the target of the state's lawyers is the Clean Power Plan, which requires utilities to cut carbon emissions by two percent a year. It is the centerpiece of the Obama Administration's fight against climate change.
But Steven Kull, who heads the grass roots group 'Voice of the People' says the measure would do a lot more than that.
"That will have an impact on the health effects related to carbon dioxide, soot, and smog, and so forth, and it will reduce greenhouse gasses which impact climate change," Kull told News Radio 1200 WOAI.
He says the Clean Power Plan would lead to higher electric bills, at least for a while.
"In the short term they are likely to go up as much as 3%," he said. "But in the long term they are likely to come down as new technologies like solar and wind are adopted."
But the group Balanced Energy for Texas says solar and wind remain unproven and unreliable technologies, and nobody knows whether they will actually be less expensive than fossil fuels which are currently used.
And attorney Michael Nasi, the General Counsel for Balanced Energy, says what is irresponsible is for federal regulators to mandate the installation of new technologies before they have been proven to be commercially viable.
"Those who are genuinely concerned with global carbon emissions should welcome this technology-first approach because the developing world needs our technology, not our ideology, to overcome energy poverty and protect the environemnt with global deployment fo clean fossil energy," Nasi said.
Kull says the State of Texas is not following the wishes of its residents. He says there is general support for the Clean Power Plan's goals.
"69% of all Americans and 68% of all Texans say they approve of the Clean Power Plan," he said, adding that even a major of Texans who don't believe human-caused Climate Change is a serious issue support the goal of cutting down on smog emissions from power plants.
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