Statement from Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter on Supreme Court’s decision to delay enforcement of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan

February 10, 2016

AUSTIN – The following statement can be attributed to Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter: 

“The Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily halt Obama’s Clean Power Plan is encouraging for Texas, and for the other 26 states that adamantly oppose this radical climate change policy. Our states’ coalition makes an indisputable case; these expensive measures to cut carbon emissions and reduce coal use will strain our grid, and Americans will pay the consequences with obscenely high electric bills. The president is disregarding the Constitutional limits of his office and public opinion to promote his own liberal agenda that combats fossil fuels and favors unreliable alternative energy sources. I hope the Court continues to realize that this tyrannical intrusion into the free market is costly, illogical and uncalled for.” 

Texas Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter was elected statewide by the people of Texas to serve as a member of the Commission in November 2010. A Certified Public Accountant and successful small business owner, Chairman Porter has worked with oil and gas producers for nearly three decades providing strategic financial advice and tax counsel. He is the senior member of the Commission with a proven record of principle-driven, free market conservative leadership.

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