November 9, 2009 at 9:04 PM CST - Updated June 20 at 11:23 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry told renewable energy industry officials that a cap & trade climate bill in Congress would increase taxes and devastate Texas' energy sector.
Perry, contending that the climate bill would mean "economic disaster" in Texas, said Texas is encouraging alternative energy sources while improving the environment.
He told the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association on Monday that the state is achieving those goals through incentives and innovation. He said the federal climate legislation would negate the work Texas has done.
Environmentalists see cap & trade as the best way to control carbon emissions.
Perry said Texas is a world leader in wind energy production and said progress is being made to spur production of solar, biomass and other alternative energy sources.