Perry wants EPA to ditch stricter regulations

December 9, 2009 4:50:20 PM PST
Governor Rick Perry is now putting pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency, sending a letter urging it to withdraw its recent ruling on carbon dioxide. The governor was in La Porte Wednesday afternoon, speaking out about the federal government's proposed Cap and Trade legislation. It's aimed at cutting CO2 emissions. Perry claims Texas has reduced emission levels, and that stricter regulations would hurt the state economy.

"Texans will bear more than their fair share of negative impact, from an average increase in annual cost of approximately $1,200 per household and the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs," Gov. Perry said.

Last week, the EPA declared carbon dioxide a public health danger. Environmental groups are backing the EPA, saying the carbon dioxide is contributing to global warming.