A federal court denied on Jan. 12 an attempt by Texas to delay U.S. environmental regulators from imposing regulations on greenhouse gases in the state.

Texas, which has refused to adopt rules on emissions blamed for warming the planet, sued the Environmental Protection Agency to prevent it from issuing greenhouse gas permits. The EPA has required states since Jan. 2 to begin issuing greenhouse gas permits for the biggest emitters, such as oil refineries, coal-burning power plants and cement and glass makers.

Texas said the rules would hurt its economy. The EPA said it would issue permits for Texas, but ahead of
a ruling on the case Texas asked for a delay of the agency's actions.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied the delay. It said the state had "not satisfied the stringent standards required for a stay pending court review."

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