On Climate Rules, Regulators Look Beyond Litigation

*Correction appended

Texas should not bank on legal action to free itself from the Obama administration’s proposal to tackle climate change, two state regulators said Friday.  

Referring to a string of recent defeats­ in challenges to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules, Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman said regulators should think beyond litigation when planning how to respond to the federal proposal, which would require states to meet individual carbon targets.    

“I’m discouraged by the results we’ve seen out of the Supreme Court, and their seeming willingness to give the agency great deference,” Smitherman said at a ...

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