Texas has shown once again that fossil fuels and renewables can both thrive and are necessary to meet growing demand.
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.”
A superior natural resources policy is one that favors those institutions by which new resources are substituted for old ones!
Forward thinking conservatives must lead on smart, innovative policies that enable us to have cleaner 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.
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.
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 innovation new tech like carbon capture.
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.
We need more energy. Government should get out of the way, let the free market work, and allow more domestic energy production. This would reduce gas prices even in the near-term, expand job opportunities in Texas- a world energy leader-and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
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.
The free market is always going to create ways to do things. And that’s exactly what happened with thewind energy market in west Texas.
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.