McCaul is the last kind of person that the renewable energy industry wants in Congress. His voting record is appalling when it comes to important issues like curbing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting and reducing fracking and offshore drilling. He’s voted to expand offshore drilling, and also cosponsored legislation to issue permits to open new oil refineries, something that hasn’t happened since the 70’s. He supports the Keystone XL Pipeline and has strongly opposed introducing a nation-wide cap and trade program which would reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.
Although he “supports” green technology, it’s a footnote in McCaul’s oily agenda. He continuously undermines the EPA, has voted against the passage of every single Act and Bill that has entered the house that would be beneficial to green energy production and the environment and continues to slash funding to clean up the pollution in our air and water.
Mike Siegel (D) – Rank: Good
Siegel supports federal funding for research and development of renewable technologies. He wants to rejoin the Paris Accord and keep Texas moving forward as an energy production giant in the US. This includes infrastructure overhauls that focus on mass transit and the renewable energy industry.
What we like a lot about Siegel’s plan is that he acknowledges that it will be hard for Texas to transition away from oil, as so many Texans rely on oil for their jobs. He wants to introduce job training programs to give the people of Texas who worked in oil the opportunity to advance their careers in green energy. This is an important step in switching fossil fuel-heavy economies like those in Texas to greener economies.
Another important aspect of Siegel’s platform is his support for strengthening and securing important anti-pollution acts, like the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts. These are vital to the health of our country and are currently facing the prospect of budget cuts and deactivation. He supports keeping our endangered species safe and funding our national parks.
Overall, we would like to see a more detailed energy plan for his time in Congress, but his preliminary stances make him a strong candidate for the environment.
Mike Ryan (L) – Rank: Unknown
Ryan has no information available regarding environmental policy or sustainable energy.
Conaway praises the advances that America has made in fracking and horizontal drilling. This form of oil extraction has been scientifically proven to cause natural disasters, like earthquakes. Instead of pursuing other, less harmful sources of energy production, Conaway wants to expand fracking practices, and he has no plans to better safeguard Texans against the resulting earthquakes. His goal is to be energy independent in less than 20 years, but his choice of energy leaves a lot lacking.
Although Conaway does approve of promoting and using green technology, he has no plans on moving this market forward rapidly so that it can be competitive with other energy industries, like oil and natural gas. He thinks that the renewable energy industry will develop naturally to compete with these huge monopolies, but without the same advantages from the government that big oil and coal receive, green energy will continue to lag behind economically. Since Conaway believes in protecting the environment and being a good steward, it’s disappointing that the best protection he can offer for our country is limp support for renewable energy sources and cheap talk about pursuing cost-competitive green energy initiatives. As a certified accountant, Conway should understand the economic trends of federally oppressed forms of energy extraction, and further, he definitely understands the increase in his income when he takes money from large oil corporation lobbyists. Conaway can do better, and TX-11 deserves a representative who will provide more than lip service in Congress.
Jennie Lou Leeder (D) – Rank: Weak
Jennie has good ideas, they just aren’t developed, earning her a yellow score as well. She has thoughts on making America’s energy economy reliant on low-carbon renewable energy production but doesn’t elaborate on how to achieve that. She mentions briefly transitioning economically oil-reliant areas into green energy power-houses, but her poorly developed plans and general vagueness are disappointing.
Rhett Smith – Rank: Unknown
There is not much information available about Rhett Smith’s platform in general, much less his views on sustainable energy.
Granger does support some green energy initiatives, but she mostly focuses on an all-of-the-above energy plan. She has no plan to phase out oil or natural gas, and instead would like to expand fracking, offshore drilling, and oil extraction instead of funneling money into an energy system that will continuously give back to its community. The main kicker is Granger’s rhetoric is that she wants to “work to develop” renewable energy, but she wants to “maximize the development” of conventional energy resources, aka oil and natural gas. She has a bias and we don’t like it.
Although the short-term benefits of the Keystone XL Pipeline seem transparent, they aren’t. The economic boost would be achieved through dirty energy, and the members of Congress that took donations from the oil monoliths are sacrificing the health of America for money. Granger can’t see past the money. Without a healthy environment, clean air, water, and soil, America has nothing BUT oil, which will do nothing for the people. The jobs and economic growth that will be temporarily available from the production of the pipeline could be compounded and maintained by building and maintaining renewable energy sources and infrastructure. Granger is short-sighted and her voting record is a slick, black pit when it comes to conservation and pollution control. Time to have someone who cares about TX-12 in Congress, not about the oil in TX-12.
Vanessa Adia (D) – Rank: Weak
Adia has good intentions when it comes to the planet, but her pitch about the environment is based heavily in an emotional connection with her audience as opposed to a plan of action. She supports educating people about the harmful consequences of climate change and how the small actions that people take to mitigate these effects are important. She has pledged to commit to good policies for the Earth and reducing climate change in Congress, but Texas needs people with innovative plans, not promises to keep up with other environmental activists.
Jacob Leddy (L) – Rank: Unknown
Leddy is masking his conservative-republican views under the Libertarian flag. He has no information available pertaining to green energy.
Thornberry believes in investing in energy production of all kinds on domestic soil. This includes expanding oil drilling instead of investing in greener technologies. He also doesn’t believe in regulating pollution is the water and earth through governmental assistance, and wants to see the EPA weakened. His voting record is abysmal as far as the environment and green technology go. All lip service this one.
Greg Sagan (D) – Rank: Weak
Sagan has shown more support for green energy and climate change mitigation than his opponent, Thornberry, but he still lacks a definitive plan. His support for reducing climate change go so far as to admit that climate change does have man-made factors and to support research into renewable energy.
Randy Weber (R) – Incumbent since 2012 – Rank: Bad
Weber doesn’t care about the environment or the people who care about maintaining our planet for generations to come. He doesn’t have any information readily available, but his voting record speaks for itself. He has an LCV scorecard lifetime score of 1%. The only thing he may have going for him is the fact that he wants to preserve fisheries, but only so that they can be replenished for sport. Get Weber out of office before he continues to take America and the rest of the world down a path that we can’t return from.
Adrienne Bell (D) – Rank: Unknown
Bell wants to redo our infrastructure and supports keeping the Gulf coast safe. We just don’t know what that entails for her.
Don Conley III (L) – Rank: Unknown
Conley does not have any information available about his platform on green energy.
Vicente Gonzalez (D) – Incumbent since 2016 – Rank: Weak
Gonzalez has an all-of-the-above energy approach. He focuses mainly on oil production and natural gas, but he can acknowledge that wind and solar energy could play a major role in Texas’ energy economy if given half a chance. His LCV Scorecard ranking is 71%, which isn’t bad, but it isn’t great. Overall, his voting record suggests he wants to protect and clean the environment, but not at the cost of big oil.
Tim Westley (R) – Rank: Unknown
Westley does not have a platform on energy or climate change.
Anthony Cristo (L) – Rank: Unknown
Cristo does not have any information available on climate change or sustainable energy practices.
Veronica Escobar (D) – Rank: Weak
Escobar mentions that she will stand up to protect the environment and to “celebrate” natural resources, whatever that means, but overall, her platform is vague.
Rick Seeberger (R) – Rank: Unknown
Seeberger does not have a developed platform beyond a few straightforward sentences here and there.
Ben Mendoza (I) – Rank: Unknown
Mendoza does not have information available about his sustainable energy platform.
Sam Williams (Write-In) – Rank: Unknown
Williams does not have any information about his views on climate change or green energy.
Bill Flores (R) – Rank: Bad
Flores is all about oil and natural gas. He consistently votes to improve conditions for big oil and natural gas at the expense of the environment and health of the American people. His talk about energy independence is important, but not in the capacity of switching from foreign oil to domestic. His little bit of doing his part for the environment and renewable energy resources ends at installing solar panels at his personal home. His LCV scorecard rank is a miserable 3%. TX-17 has so much solar potential and it’s a waste to squander that by ruining the district by bringing up more oil and natural gas.
Rick Kennedy (D) – Rank: Good
Kennedy wants to improve the presence of solar energy in Texas. He does not believe, or rather, casts serious doubts, on the believable link between science, climate change, and the frequent, dangerous weather conditions that are occurring all around the globe at an increased rate. He does want to move Texas onto a path to sustainability by creating and empowering the clean energy market. Overall, we think Kennedy would make the right decisions in Congress in terms of the environment.
Peter Churchman (L) – Rank: Unknown
Churchman does not have any information available about his stance on sustainable energy.
Shelia is dedicated to reducing our heavy reliance on oil and climbing towards energy independence with a balance of both fossil fuels and renewables. Normally, we don’t particularly support this kind of “all of the above” approach, but her track record in Congress so far has been pretty good, and she’s secured an LCV score of 80% and climbing into the 90 percentile in the past year.
Ava Pate (R) – Rank: Unknown
Ava’s website does not discuss sustainability topics.
Luke Spencer (L) – Rank: Unknown
We were unable to find information regarding Luke’s sustainability platform.
Vince Duncan (I) – Rank: Weak
Vince doesn’t really discuss environmental issues apart from mentioning the injustice to citizens of Flint, Michigan, and residents in similar situations. He believes all American citizens should have access to clean air, water, and land.
Jodey is all about the continued extraction of Texan oil and gas to support energy needs. And although she claims to support the wind energy production of your state, her voting record does nothing to back this up at all. Her LCV score is at an atrocious 0%.
Miguel Levario (D) – Rank: Good
Miguel isn’t happy with the current administration’s decision to withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and thinks that international cooperation is an important part of the solution. He is particularly concerned with how climate change will affect Texas’ agriculture industry, and he wants to push for renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions and environmental protections.
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