November 9, 2023

Texas Sends Biden a Clear Climate Change Message

One of the ballot measures in this year’s election in Texas was directly aimed at Joe Biden’s stranglehold on the fossil fuel industry.

Proposition 7 proposed creating the Texas Energy Fund, which passed with a 65% majority.

This proposition was supported by fossil fuel companies and opposed by climate change activists and renewable energy firms.

Hey, Joe!

The passage of the proposition will now establish a new energy fund to help bolster natural gas power plant infrastructure.

Todd Staples, the president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, stated, "TXOGA is pleased to see infrastructure propositions to expand water, electricity, and broadband pass with overwhelming support from voters.

"By voting to approve these propositions, Texans are ensuring that the Lone Star State continues to be the best place to live, work, play, and raise a family."

He added that this will help "strengthen the reliability of our electric grid by ensuring it performs no matter the weather as well as increase the supply of electricity by encouraging additional generation."

Luke Metzger, the executive director of Environment Texas, was not quite as happy as Staples.

He responded, "We need, and Texans want, more clean energy, not less. There is strong support for more wind and solar energy, more battery storage, more energy efficiency, and more interconnection with the national grid.

"Unfortunately, the Legislature ignored these solutions to strengthen our electric grid while protecting consumers and the environment."

Well, Luke, if there were strong support for it, voters would have shot down Proposition 7 instead of overwhelmingly supporting it.

I have nothing against renewable energy. In fact, I would love to see it developed, but it needs to be in conjunction with fossil fuel energy.

Instead, there is now a line in the sand that we have to choose one or the other and if we are forced to choose, we are going to take the lower cost and reliability of fossil fuels all day, every day.

At some point, maybe all these lobbyists will get out of the way so these companies can start to work together, but until then, that line is in the dirt, and it is quite apparent what side we Texans are on!

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