Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has directed state agencies to use the tools in their toolbox to challenge the Biden administration’s actions that threaten the oil and natural gas industry.
Abbott last week issued state Executive Order GA-33 that he said is designed to protect the nation’s largest energy state from what he said is federal overreach.
Since taking office last month, President Biden has issued a flurry of directives, including some centered on ways to combat climate change.
Last week an order directed the Department of Interior to pause oil and gas leasing on federal onshore and offshore acreage, pending a review.
Abbott said “more and greater threats to the Texas energy sector seem imminent as President Biden embraces Green New Deal Policies.”
On his “very first day in office,” the governor noted, “President Joe Biden signaled extreme hostility toward the energy industry, and thus toward Texas by rejoining the job-killing Paris agreement,” aka the United Nations global climate accord.
In addition, the president “revoked the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have supplied crude oil to refineries that employ thousands of Texans.”
A federal appeals court on President Trump’s final day in office struck down a rule intended to relax federal oversight of air pollution from coal- and natural gas-fired power plants.
The court ruling has opened the door for the Biden administration to develop rules for power plant emissions, “an apparent prelude to burdensome new regulation of the energy industry’s emissions in Texas and in sister states,” the governor said.
Abbott has directed “every state agency to use all lawful powers and tools to challenge any federal action that threatens the continued strength, vitality and independence of the energy industry. Each state agency should work to identify potential litigation, notice-and-comment opportunities, and any other means of preventing federal overreach within the law.”
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