Chairman Porter Urges Governor Abbott to Refuse President’s Radical Green Edict - Families will suffer double-digit price hikes from this rule

08/05/2015

AUSTIN – Railroad Commission (RRC) of Texas Chairman David Porter today sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott, urging him to not comply with President Barack Obama’s illegal clean energy rule that will financially harm families and the overall Texas economy.

“President Barack Obama’s illegal ‘Clean Power Plan’ will be used by the Environmental Protection Agency to endanger the Texas economy, and severely stress the financial well being of every individual, family, and business in Texas,” said Porter in his letter. “It is for this reason that I urge you as Governor of Texas to refuse participation in the President’s unlawful edict, and to coordinate with other states to ignore the rule.”

In his letter, Commissioner Porter cites the National Economic Research Associates, which state that most states will see utility bills double as a result of the President’s rule. The President himself acknowledged the high cost of his energy policy in a 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle saying, “Under my plan, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” Chairman Porter added in the letter, “This is the culmination of what has been a long war on fossil fuels and Texas’ lifeblood during the President’s tenure.”

The RRC is the chief energy regulator for the state of Texas, having primary regulatory jurisdiction over the oil and natural gas industry, as well as pipelines, natural gas utilities, the propane industry, and coal and uranium surface mining operations. The agency works to ensure fair and consistent energy regulation in Texas so businesses can safely, efficiently, and economically produce the energy that is needed to power Texans and the Texas economy.

See Letter Here

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Commissioner Porter was elected statewide to the Texas Railroad Commission on November 2, 2010. A Certified Public Accountant and successful small business owner, Commissioner Porter has worked with oil and gas producers for nearly three decades providing strategic financial advice and tax counsel. He has a long record of pro-business, free market, conservative credentials.