Texas governor voices opposition to climate bill

HOUSTON (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry says a climate bill being debated in Congress is "draconian" and would cost the state thousands of jobs in the energy sector.

Perry expressed his opposition to the bill at a meeting Wednesday in Houston with business leaders and state lawmakers.

Most Republicans like Perry have voiced strong opposition to the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill, which the House passed in June. The Senate's working on its own version of the bill.

The bill includes an economy-wide cap-and-trade system that would require power plants, industrial facilities and refineries to cut carbon dioxide and other climate changing pollution. GOP leaders say the bill is simply a massive energy tax on consumers.

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