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This article covers Congressional candidates from Texas for the midterm election this November. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project and our ranking system, read our full intro here.

In the summaries that we provide for incumbents, we include a score based on their “LCV” score. The LCV is the League of Conservation Voters, and they track incumbent’s votes on major environmental policies that are going through Congress. If you want to know more about the LCV, click here.

U.S. Senate

Ted Cruz (R)(Campaign Site) – Incumbent since 2013 – Rank: Bad

Ted wants to build the Keystone XL Pipeline, increase the production of oil refineries and offshore drilling, and reduce environmental regulations in the fossil fuel energy industry. Other than that, his LCV scorecard is 3%, his voting record is abysmal, and he has consistently put corporate profit above public health and environmental sustainability.

Beto O’Rourke (D)Rank: Good

Beto has indicated that he will support the development of new and renewable energy. From what we can gather about his plan, he still supports optimizing our current energy resources, including fossil fuels, but making them more efficient so that America uses LESS fossil fuels. He also plans on phasing out fossil fuels and replacing them with renewable energy sources. This includes prudent land-use policies, which will use federal land to build greener economies and research renewable energy initiatives without ruining the ecosystems of those locations. Beto also wants to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords and rejuvenate the EPA by introducing new oversight into the agency to strengthen regulations on and banning harmful energy practices ( including fracking and pipeline construction).

Neal Dikeman (L)Rank: Unknown

Renewable energy and the environment is not listed on Neal’s platform.

U.S. House of Representatives

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