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Texas Wins Another Case Against Dept. of Commerce June 5, 2013

Posted by daveintexas in Ducks, Entertainment, Food, History, Law, Nature Shit, Sidebar Flag Bullshit, Women Ranting, WTF?.

I met Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott last year at a luncheon, and had a chance to speak with him a bit.  He was just celebrating a successful case filed against the EPA.  I asked him “what is it that you spend most of your time on?”  and he answered “suing the Federal government.”

Loved that answer.  Here’s another one, successfully pushing back a stupid emergency ruling that arbitrarily shortened the red snapper fishing season in Federal waters off the coast of Texas.

Abbott understands federal bureacracies abuse their power constantly, and doesn’t back down from a fight.  The case he was celebrating was a ruling in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that the EPA had improperly rejected the state’s “Flexible Permitting Program” regarding the establishment of controls over permits for electricity generation plants.  Texas wanted to keep control of permitting in our hands and not the EPA’s.  The EPA’s intention was to take it over and start denying applications.  It’s what they do.

Here’s a snippy NPR article about the outcome of that case.  Forget the typical NPR bullshit, look at the photograph of Greg Abbott in the article.

Greg Abbott is wheelchair bound.  Nice photo, isn’t it?

Incidentally, Texas was thrown into the provisions of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule based on a model that showed a monitor located across the street from a steel mill, shows a theoretical reading that is slightly above attainment.

A monitor in Illinois.

Let’s be very clear about the facts.  The last-minute inclusion of Texas in the sulfur dioxide portion of the rule is based on modeling that says an Illinois monitor, located across the street from a steel mill, shows a theoretical reading that is slightly above attainment.  Actual data from 2009 forward shows that this monitor is meeting the federal air quality standards today.  And even if the feds relied on their own computer simulated modeling predictions, that monitor would be in attainment in 2014 without any reductions from CSAPR.  So does Texas’ tenuous link to this monitor justify the state’s inclusion in CSAPR? No.

He’ll run for governor soon.  I’ll support him.


1. geoff - June 5, 2013

That photograph is hilarious if it’s a mistake, but infuriating if it isn’t.

2. Cathy - June 5, 2013

He’ll have my vote too. I gots me a Greg Abbott T-shirt with the Gadsden flag (Tea Party) snake on it. Nee-ner nee-ner nee-ner!!

3. thirdnews - June 5, 2013

“Greg Abbott is wheelchair bound. Nice photo, isn’t it?”

The press is childish

4. daveintexas - June 5, 2013

buncha dicks

5. daveintexas - June 5, 2013

Not that anyone would know this, but Greg Abbott was jogging as a young man, 26, and a falling broken tree injured his back. He’s been a parapalegic since then.

He’s an impressive pol. For a pol.

6. lauraw - June 5, 2013

That photo was absolutely a purposeful attempt to diminish and belittle. How often do you see such bad photography in the digital age? A photo that crops the subject like that is ordinarily unusable.

7. daveintexas - June 5, 2013

His editor would have fired him, if his editor wasn’t an asshole like him.

8. Joe Biden - June 6, 2013

“Stand up Greg, take a bow.”

“I like munchkins.”

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