[Original Post: Josh Brodesky, San Antonio Express-News, May 21, 2015]
When Attorney General Ken Paxton recently announced his intention to sue the Obama administration over its proposed Clean Power Plan, he hit all the necessary boilerplate language apparently required in conservative politics today. The Clean Power Plan, he said in a statement earlier this month, “threatens the livelihood and quality of life of all Texans.” It will damage our economy. Empty Texans’ pocketbooks. Disrupt the power grid. The sky will fall. The earth will shake. And once again, the United States will harm Texas. “Texas has proven we can improve air quality without damaging our economy or Texans’ pocketbooks,” he said. Sure, this is a winning political narrative these days, but in this case, is it accurate?