Abbott says he will fight new EPA carbon rules

Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott talks about his early education plan during a stop at the IDEA Carver Academy, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in San Antonio. Abbott defends citing provocative conservative scholar Charles Murray in his education plan following attacks by Democrat Wendy Davis in the Texas governor's race. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says he will fight a new federal requirement to cut Texas carbon emissions.

The Republican nominee for governor issued a statement Monday ripping standards issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a potential job-killer.

The EPA wants to cut the nation’s carbon emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels. Those standards would force Texas to reduce emissions by 39 percent by 2030.

But the plan relies heavily on governors agreeing to develop a strategy. If Texas’ governor refuses to help, as was the case with Medicaid expansion, the EPA can create its own state plan. But the specifics of how EPA could force Texas to comply remain murky.

Texas has at least three years to develop a reduction plan.

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