Just weeks earlier, the EPA had issued the so-called endangerment finding, which said carbon dioxide emissions were a threat to public welfare and therefore subject to regulation.
"I represent a national organization, Coalition for Responsible Regulation Inc, and its members, which already has filed (in fact, we believe we were the first to file), and I'd like to begin the coordination process," Groten continued in the e-mail. "Plus of course we would like to see state petitioners involved, and Texas is an obvious candidate."
The first Texas suit challenging the endangerment finding was filed about five weeks later.
The Coalition for Responsible Regulation was formed to challenge the EPA, its incorporation papers say. Its Houston address and officers are the same as those of Quintana Minerals Resources Corp. Quintana's leaders, including chief executive Corbin Robertson Jr., have given tens of thousands of dollars to Abbott's and Perry's war chests. Robertson has also donated to Barton and many others in Congress.
By some estimates, Quintana is the largest private owner of coal reserves in the United States; only the federal government has bigger reserves.