"A federal appeals court today denied the state of Texas' third attempt to block implementation of greenhouse gas control measures imposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the largest sources of emissions -- power plants and refineries. Texas has many of both types of facilities -- 27 refineries and 19 operating coal-fired power plants.
On December 30, Texas asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to prevent the EPA from taking over air pollution permitting until the court could consider the case. On the same day, the appeals court temporarily blocked the EPA from taking over the permits as it was set to do on January 2.
In lifting the stay by its ruling today, the court said that 'petitioners have not satisfied the stringent standards required for a stay pending court review.'"