Texas is challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will lead the legal challenge, which focuses on the process that triggered Clean Air Act regulation.

Last December, EPA ruled that greenhouse gases were harmful to the environment. The state argues that the EPA failed to perform the precise study required, and instead relied on flawed theories.

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“EPA’s move to regulate greenhouse gases would impose devastating rules on those Texans who fuel one of our state’s largest economic sectors – farmers and ranchers,“ said Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. “As a regulatory agency, the Texas Department of Agriculture is required to impose rules based on sound science – not political science. … EPA has ignored extensive research on greenhouse gas emissions and based this significant regulation on faulty data.”