...In the letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Perry said the implementation of the Cross State Air Pollution Rules will have an “immediate and devastating effect on Texas jobs, our economy and our ability to supply the electricity our citizens, schools and employers need.”
Texas utilities will be shutting down about 1/12th of their power generation on January 1st to comply (barring injunctive relief).
And as you already suspected, the claim that the rules will "prevent 34,000 premature deaths" is pure BS. The hint? Define "premature." The EPA will not release its work-papers which (allegedly) confirm their statement--does that raise your eyebrow?