I’m frustrated at the slow progress on environmental issues by the Texas legislature. The energy industries in Texas can achieve a future that will provide a healthy environment and vibrant economy. We need our legislators to lead the way with bipartisan forbearance and act on proposed legislation that addresses climate change.
As a good first step, leaders in both parties should start a conversation about climate change as it relates to the economy of Texas. The Texas Environmental and Economic Stewardship Resolution (HCR 22) provides that opportunity. The resolution encourages consideration of both the environment and the economy in new projects in Texas. Passage of HCR 22 would be a clear signal that Texas is ready to lead our energy future with good jobs and clean air for all. The Environmental Regulation Committee of the 117th Legislature should schedule a hearing on HCR 22 as soon as possible.
Neilé Edens, PhD
Grasstops Coordinator, Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Submitted to the Austin American-Statesman