“Because your administration has very little [time] remaining, you refuse to deliberate or halt this ‘discretionary’ action despite the adverse impacts on Americans."
– Governor Greg Abbott
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – "Because your administration has very little [time] remaining, you refuse to deliberate or halt this ‘discretionary’ action despite the adverse impacts on Americans. If those impacts are irrelevant to your administration, be honest and tell us," said Governor Greg Abbott in a letter to President Joe Biden, responding to the white House's potential "discretionary redesignation" of the Permian Basin by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The potential EPA action could jeopardize a quarter of the nation’s gasoline supply.
The letter reiterates how the EPA is employing flawed logic and data to proceed with the Biden Administration’s stated goal of ending fossil fuels, which would have lasting impacts on Americans struggling with skyrocketing inflation and gas prices.
“We will begin by challenging the accelerated timelines that your agency uses to rush through its policies,” reads the letter.
“Don’t send us your surrogate. Americans have the right to know if their president puts politics over people.”
In the letter, Governor Abbott spotlights how the hurried discretionary redesignation of the Permian Basin for ozone is arbitrary and how the EPA is choosing to stall analysis that would lead to an evidence-based finding contrary to the Biden Administration’s plans. In June, the Governor sent an initial letter to President Biden detailing how EPA plans to impose a discretionary redesignation of the Permian Basin could result in draconian regulations that would interfere with the nation’s most prolific oil field.
Rather than respond directly, President Biden had his EPA send a letter reaffirming their plans to attack Texas oil and gas production and jeopardize our nation's gasoline supply with an arbitrary discretionary redesignation.
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Following President Biden’s swearing-in last January, Abbott issued an executive order to protect Texas’ energy industry from federal overreach.