February 18th, 2010
TEXAS LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS BLASTS GOVERNOR PERRY OVER EPA LAWSUIT
GROUP CALLS FOR NEW LEADERSHIP FOR TEXAS IN CUTTING POLLUTION AND CREATING NEW CLEAN ENERGY JOBS
AUSTIN – The Texas League of Conservation Voters (TLCV), the state’s leading environmental organization dedicated to electing pro-conservation candidates, today denounced Governor Perry’s decision to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, calling the action irresponsible and a waste of taxpayer money. The group called for new leadership for Texas that would focus on cutting pollution and creating new clean energy jobs.
“Instead of focusing on cutting pollution and creating new jobs in wind and solar, the Governor has embarked on an expensive publicity stunt. It’s impossible to believe the Governor’s so-called enthusiasm for recruiting green jobs to Texas when he’s fighting tooth and nail to protect old, dirty industries like coal” said David Weinberg, Executive Director of the Texas League of Conservation Voters. “With each day, Governor Perry is more and more alone in denying the dangers of carbon pollution that governors around the country have already accepted. It used to be a punch line about Texas politics, but now it is costing Texas tax dollars and Texas jobs,” Weinberg added.
If Texas did more in promoting renewable energy, the state could create thousands of jobs. Clean energy sources such as wind and solar create up to three time more jobs than old, dirty fuel sources. From converting factories to produce wind turbines to retrofitting our homes and businesses for energy efficiency, these are good-paying jobs that can never be outsourced. Renewable energy jobs also make us less dependent on oil from hostile nations. That dependency hurts our economy, helps our enemies, and puts our national security at risk.
Texans face a clear choice for our energy future. We can continue business as usual – protecting old polluting industries, while new clean energy jobs are lost to neighboring states or foreign countries. Or we can build a clean energy economy that creates new jobs, improves our security and reduces harmful pollution. With his lawsuit against the EPA, Governor Perry has shown Texans his choice.
TLCV Executive Director David Weinberg was interviewed on Texas Public Radio responding to Governor Perry’s decision to sue the EPA. The interview can be heard here: