Texas on the Potomac reports that a quartet of U.S. Congressmen representing the Lone Star State -- Reps. Ted Poe, Pete Olson, Kevin Brady and Joe Barton -- all members of the congressional EPA Task Force, are on the same chapter and verse after visiting the Houston Ship Channel. They want the Environmental Protection Agency to understand that its regulations are killing jobs and hurting Texas’ economy. The state is already a leader in improved energy production, so the four want EPA to stop messing with Texas:
The congressmen visited the area to study local efforts to improve air quality and the environment.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality gave demonstrations of high tech, mobile air quality testing equipment that’s used to track and measure progress of improved air quality. Industry leaders also briefed the members on how “EPA regulations have destroyed jobs and business in Texas.”
“The EPA is punishing Texas for not giving in to their demands. Instead of making an example out of Texas, perhaps the EPA should use Texas as an example,” said Poe, R-Humble. “Texas has simultaneously improved its environment and economy. Our state is dedicated to finding cleaner energy alternatives, but we also know that we need to utilize our known sources of energy effectively and safely.”
For reactions from the other three Texas lawmakers, keep reading here.