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Happy New Year, everyone — welcome to a new year of efforts to obstruct policy progress on the greentech front. The state of Texas has kicked off 2011 with a fresh set of court actions seeking to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing its rules regulating carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act in the state. Reuters reports that the state is seeking to be exempted from a host of rules for permitting large-scale emitters such as power plants, refineries and factories that went into effect as of Sunday, Jan. 2 (PDF). Texas’ petition is part of Gov. Rick Perry’s long-running battle against federal environmental enforcement in the state, but it could also be seen as an opening salvo against EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations, which are being opposed by a host of industry groups. Given the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives, the greentech industry can likely expect to see similar battles against federal tax incentives for renewable energy projects, as a recent Wall Street Journal article inveighing against “green pork” indicates.