"Across Texas, clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more homes and businesses than ever before. Clean energy is a part of America’s future. It includes generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal sources, in addition to nuclear and natural gas, and encompasses carbon capture and energy storage technologies as well. We must harness the power of Texas entrepreneurs and small businesses to assert American energy leadership and dominance in the global marketplace and to assure low-cost reliable energy here at home
Forward thinking conservatives must lead on smart, innovative policies that enable us to have clearner air and water while remaining true to our conservative principles. That's why I am so excited about Conservative Texans for Energy Innovation, and their mission to promote clean energy job creation, increase consumer choice, and lower the cost of energy for all Texans.
The free market is always going to create ways to do things. And that's exactly what happened with the wind energy market in West Texas.
As we continue to expand our role as energy exporter, we also recognize the need for clean energy, and the importance of ensuring valid, sustainable sources that support our ever growing nation. It’s no surprise that Texas is leading the way in this endeavor, with market based solutions that benefit both American consumers and our country.
Climate change is real, and we need to address it. The question is, how do we do that? I think we should support all ways of decreasing emissions, from traditional renewables to cleaned-up fossil fuels to nuclear to innovative new tech like carbon capture.
The country is striving for an “all-of-the-above” energy policy with the increased use of renewable energy and nuclear power. “The growth we are seeing in our renewables, this is just a great moment in time for the United States of America and the energy resources we have. The United States needs to continue to lead and support nuclear energy, not only to maintain reliable energy supply but also to ensure nonproliferation of weapons. “America needs to continue to be engaged in the development of the next generation of nuclear power.
We’ve seen incredible research and technology successes through collaborative, public-private partnerships, and it’s clear this is the model that ensures federal research investments give us the most bang for our buck. One such example is the Air Products production facility in my home district. This facility, which is one of the only two industrial plants in the United States where carbon capture is currently in use at-scale, captures over one million tons of carbon dioxide per year. This CO2 is then transported via pipeline for use in enhanced oil recovery. With support from DOE, the technology developed and deployed at this facility is reducing the emissions from local refineries and producing affordable, American fuel to power our economy.
The outpouring of bipartisan support for carbon capture and sequestration projects is overwhelming. It’s rare that we have the opportunity to support a policy that moves America towards energy independence while reducing emissions from traditional fuel sources, but this legislation does just that by encouraging the use of CSS technologies. American innovation built this country, and keeps this country growing. I’m proud to support the technologies that are leading the way.
People think about Texas, they think about oil and gas, but we believe in all of the above. I actually think moving toward a cleaner and renewable energy is a good thing. There is a growing consensus the days of ignoring this issue are over. If we all agree that reducing emissions is important, I think we have a better way of approaching that than the Green New Deal. We can do this without passing new taxes or huge new job-killing regulations.
"I’m proud that our region leads the nation in both renewable and fossil energy production. Harnessing the power of wind in West Texas has not only provided good jobs for rural America and helped power our state’s economy, but it has broadened and diversified our energy production, which will support our nation’s energy independence for future generations
Texas is a national leader in the development of clean energy. We have more wind power capacity than any other state and all but five countries. The solar power market in Texas is also taking off as the manufactured cost of panels have been reduced. Our commitment to develop renewable sources, to tap the potential of our shale formations, and to develop the technology needed to make our air cleaner and our economy stronger means Texas remains positioned as the nation’s energy leader.
I’m excited about the opportunities for America to be a leader in emissions reductions. We just need to make sure we get the policy right, then let American know-how and ingenuity get us there.” Nowadays, Flores can be found telling other members of the House Energy committee about the solar system he installed on his roof- “the largest residential solar system in central Texas” – and advocating for a market-driven approach to climate change such as investing in batteries and other clean energy technology rather than regulating emissions
The ongoing strength of the Texas economy depends upon continued diversification. That diversification is important not just across sectors but within sectors as well. The energy sector has shown leadership when it comes to diversification. Far from rejecting innovation, the Texas energy economy has embraced an approach that welcomes new technologies and fosters an inclusive view of our state’s energy portfolio. That approach has made us a national leader in renewable while at the same time supporting cleaner and more efficient fossil fuel extraction. The result will be Texas’ continued dominance in the energy sector. And the economy will see the added benefit of lower correlation to volatility in the fossil fuel markets.
"A superior natural resources policy is one that favors those institutions by which new resources are substituted for old ones
"Texas is home to 46 active wind-related manufacturing facilities that provide good paying jobs for working men and women across the state and help provide diverse energy options for Texans.”