State of Texas Archives: on Environment

David Dewhurst: Repeal EPA's job-killing regulations

Source: 2012 Senate Campaign website,, "Issues" Mar 26, 2012

Rick Perry: Flexible permitting to reduce ozone & NOx levels

We've created a predictable regulatory environment, so that employers know what to expect from one quarter to the next. I'm talking about programs like our flexible permitting program that has contributed to cleaner air and economic development in Texas.

Between 2000 and 2009, this program helped Texas achieve a 27% reduction of statewide ozone levels, more than any other state. NOx has fallen by 53% and almost every metropolitan area is meeting the current air standard. For those of you keeping track, Dallas is within just one part per billion of meeting the standard as well. In true Texas style, we made those air quality improvements, while Texas employers were creating more private sector jobs, than any other big state in the nation.

Source: 2011 Texas State of the State Address Feb 8, 2011

Rick Noriega: Reports for National Guard duty for Hurricane Ike response

Cornyn tried to cancel the statewide broadcast of his first TV ad [due to Hurricane Ike], but wasn’t able to keep it from airing in Dallas, Austin and Amarillo today.

Noriega, who was tweaked by the Cornyn camp for not canceling two campaign events as the storm moved inland, chided Cornyn for broadcasting campaign spots. “They chose to run an ad when 3 million people still don’t have power in the state of Texas,” said Noriega’s campaign.

Cornyn criticized Noriega for stumping in Killeen even as his Houston district “was pounded by Ike.” Cornyn’s campaign said, “This isn’t a time for gotcha politics. Everyone seems to realize this but Rick Noriega. He and his staff should be ashamed and owe those affected by Ike an apology.”

Noriega’s campaign responded, “Gotcha politics? Our entire campaign has been evacuated to Austin by Hurricane Ike.” The campaign noted that Noriega, a Texas National Guard officer, reported to Austin’s Camp Mabry Sunday to help with hurricane response support efforts.

Source: 2008 Texas Senate debate reported in The Dallas Morning News Sep 17, 2008

Rick Perry: Stop declaring wildlife sanctuaries on water reservoirs

We are tired of environmental extremists entrenched in the federal bureaucracy undermining our regional water planning process. We support wildlife sanctuaries, but please stop declaring them on land local officials have identified as viable for water reservoirs.

In short our message to Washington is this: let Texans run Texas. I support legislation that establishes more than 20 reservoir sites in statute because securing viable water supplies is vital to the future of this state.

Source: Texas 2007 State of the State address Feb 6, 2007

Stephen Breyer: Look for alternatives to environmental regulations

Regulatory failures most often result from "mismatches" between the justifications for regulation and the regulatory tools that the government adopts. He suggests that policymakers look for alternative regulatory tools that better match the nature of the market failure that gave rise to the need for regulation. He believes environmental activists and media have steered a naive Congress into creating a precautionary regulatory atmosphere.
Source: McGarity & Stamps, U. Texas School of Law, "Breyer", p. 5-6 Jul 12, 1994

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