EPA wins Texas suit to regulate CO2

Round 1 to the warmists:

A federal court has shot down a bid by Texas to keep the Obama administration from regulating greenhouse gases in the Lone Star State.

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency can take over the permitting of carbon dioxide emissions in Texas, Politico reported.

It was the third time in two months that the request by Republican Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott was rejected in court.

In December, the appeals panel agreed to stay federal enforcement regulations temporarily. That halt was lifted Wednesday, with the judges stating in a one-page decision that state officials "have not satisfied the stringent standards required for a stay pending court review."

The state still has other lawsuits pending that more broadly challenge the government's regulation authority, according to the Texas Tribune. 

Perry has the right idea but might not have the legal horses to carry it through. We'll see. In the meantime, the federal EPA rules on CO2 are being challenged as well. That effort includes both legislative and legal remedies challenging the EPA's authority.