Environmentalists Criticize Perry's Challenge of EPA 'Endangerment' Finding

Governor Perry's move this week to take legal action against the EPA's greenhouse gas findings has drawn stark criticism from Houston environmental groups. Wendy Siegle has more.
A couple of months ago the EPA found that carbon emissions pose a significant danger to public health and the environment. This Endangerment Finding allows the EPA to take action to regulate the emissions under the Clean Air Act. But Governor Perry's administration and other climate-change skeptics say the findings are based on biased scientific research and are calling for a review.

"We think that Governor Perry deserves an Olympic medal for taking the environment downhill."

That's Alejandro Savransky from Environment Texas. Savransky says his organization is confident in the validity of the EPA's finding and feels the state persistently undermines federal action on regulating green-house gases. Matthew Tejada from the Galveston Houston Association for Smog Prevention agrees.

"There really is no scientific basis to question the scientific opinion. There's always going to be some studies and some people that do not agree with the consensus, but the overwhelming bulk of scientific evidence out there supports climate change, supports our imminent need to do something about it."

Tejada says Perry's decision to take legal action is a waste of time and money. He believes the move does a disservice to Texans.

"It's just a very short-sighted, political maneuver that does not have the long-term, best interest of Texans—both their jobs and their economic prosperity, but also their health and well-being in mind."

The state has filed a Petition for Review to the U.S. Court of Appeals and announced it will also be filing a Petition for Reconsideration with the EPA.