Here is a list of media coverage so far:
Way to go Ginger from Flower Mound!
Ginger Simonson, a Flower Mound resident wearing an American flag scarf, told EPA officials that it was their legal duty to regulate greenhouse gases if the state refuses to comply with the federal Clean Air Act.
“It is not about states’ rights,” Simonson said of the stance taken by some Texas officials, including Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott. “It is about protecting corporate rights. It’s clear that no political will exists to mandate the pollution controls to clean the air.”
“We look forward to pursuing our position in the court system, and we are confident that science and the law will prevail.”
EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz said at the hearing that the EPA still wants Texas to handle the permits itself but had to step in to enforce federal law.
“EPA prefers that the state of Texas and all states remain the permitting authority for greenhouse-gas sources,” Armendariz said.
State Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, chided state officials for not attending the hearing. He said the governor and others disputing the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions were “members of the 21st Century flat-earth society . . . and they need to get over it.”