In Texas, where everything is big, including the oil industry, officials claim global warming legislation will hurt the state's economy.
"Texas is the kitchen of the country. We cook up all of the products that are used elsewhere," said State Comptroller Susan Combs, a Republican, referring to the state's large petrochemical and plastics industry. "The recipe for disaster is being cooked up in Washington D.C.," she added.
"I happen to think that what they are discussing could wreck our traditional energy industry and put a very serious dent in our economy," said Perry.
As it turns out, Texas is home to the corporate headquarters of the world's largest oil company, Exxon Mobil Corp., and the largest refining company based on refining capacity, Valero Energy Corp., as well as another major oil company, ConocoPhillips.
In a statement released on Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said, "A cap-and-trade approach to address climate change is onerous and misguided, and it will raise energy prices for consumers and adversely impact workers and small businesses during a time of economic hardship."
Author bio: Adam Shake works in Washington, D.C., and is an avid outdoorsman, environmental activist and advocate. He is the founder and president of the popular website Twilight Earth and has recently acquired the eco-tech and green gadget website Eco Tech Daily. Adam can be found on Twitter @adamshake or @twilightearth