Our energy and environmental policy must be based on scientific evidence and economic realities, not partisan ideology. Texas’ economy depends on a thriving oil and natural gas industry, and a rapidly expanding renewable sector. To maintain our status as America’s leading energy producer, we must continue to invest in renewable and nuclear infrastructure. Texas already leads the nation in wind energy, with wind turbine technician listed as the fastest growing job in the state, and we can be a future leader in solar energy, creating tens of thousands of new green jobs for our economy.
Climate change is not a hoax. It is our defining global challenge, and threatens our economy and our national security. The Houston area has seen five 500-year floods in five years, and extreme weather patterns across the globe are intensifying. We must take evidence-based action on climate change, including targeted interventions as well as creating incentives that reduce carbon emissions.