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Hispanic Activists Cry Foul Over New EPA Rules

Hispanic activists are crying foul at the Obama Administration over its new greenhouse gas emission rules likely to go into effect next year. They say the rules — which would tax fossil fuels and impose new fees on Texas businesses — could further devastate the state’s poorest minority communities. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.


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Activists point to a study that found Texas Hispanics and African Americans will lose up to 50 thousand jobs a year and face higher energy costs. Carlos Duran is with a national organization of Latino evangelicals. He spoke out against the regulations on Capitol Hill.

“This study shows that what the EP A is preparing to do with these regulations will take jobs away from the Latino community and all communities of color.”

The new rules came about after a 2007 Supreme Court ruling gave the EPA authority to regulate carbon and other gases because of their human health risks. Democrat Gene Green says Congress should act first.

“On something this major on climate control and carbon control, I would really hope the EPA would let the elected officials deal with it.”

Republicans and Democrats alike have introduced bills to delay or stop the rules from going into effect. Obama administration officials say people in minority communities are missing work and school due to pollution. And say their effort will create new green jobs to build cleaner technologies.

From Capitol News Connection, Sara Sciammacco KUHF News.

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