The recent news that Luminant Generation Co., Texas’ largest electricity generator, would close two generating units at a coal power plant and cut 500 jobs because of an upcoming Environmental Protection Agency emissions rule became a rallying cry for Republicans in Texas and across the nation for what they saw as federal overreach. Just Friday, the House passed a Republican-fronted bill that would delay that rule for at least eight years.

It turns out that Luminant’s parent company Energy Future Holdings Corp. lobbied lawmakers in Congress on that bill, the so-called TRAIN Act, in the second quarter of 2011, according to federal lobbying disclosures. The company spent roughly $60,000 to lobby members on issues ranging from the TRAIN Act to legislation that would strip EPA of its ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. The records don’t make clear which lawmakers the company approached or how much of the $60,000 went specifically toward the TRAIN Act.

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