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EPA Kills Texas Jobs

“This is great news and a great day for the Corpus Christi region.”

That’s what Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez said following the cancellation of the $3 billion Las Brisas coal-fueled power plant project.

The project would have created an estimated 3,900 jobs (1,300 directly and 2,600 indirectly). So why cancel it? According to the CEO of the project’s parent company, Chase Power, the Environmental Protection Agency got in the way.

“The (Las Brisas Energy Center) is a victim of EPA’s concerted effort to stifle solid-fuel energy facilities in the U.S., including EPA’s carbon-permitting requirements and EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for new power plants,” CEO Dave Freysinger told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Despite the future jobs lost, the Mayor of Corpus Christi is rejoicing.

“Now we can better protect our people, their health and focus on the expansion of existing industry for future jobs,” Ms. Martinez said. As previously noted, she called the cancellation “great news.”

Environmentalists were opposed to the project, claiming that the plant would make it harder for certain people to breathe. The cancellation of the plant, however, could make it harder for 3,900 people to find jobs. Mayor Martinez isn’t celebrating that, is she?

(hat tip to Conn Carroll)

Josh Kaib

Josh Kaib is the Assistant Editor of Watchdog Wire. Twitter: @joshkaib

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