After three plants shut down in late 2017, legal air pollution in Texas fell by 150,000 tons.
As energy secretary, Perry is proposing to guarantee profits for uncompetitive coal plants in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.
In 2011, Texas sued to block an EPA rule. Now nine Texas coal plants are facing more stringent regulations as a result.
Some plants are likely to lose hundreds of millions of dollars, Public Citizen says.
With little more than a promise, the Texas Railroad Commission is trusting a struggling coal industry to pay for the cost of cleaning up old mines.
The owner of Texas’ biggest fleet of coal-fired power plants is trying to wiggle out of paying its property taxes.
Locals called the environmental regulators' decision ‘unconscionable.’