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The Obama administration’s cuckoo plan to strangle the Texas oil boom

January 13, 2014
(AUSTIN)—To quote Ronald Reagan, “Well, there you go again . . .”  When President Obama tried to strangle West Texas oil and gas production by trying to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered, I opposed the plan and took the fight all the way to the halls of Congress, tes...more

The endangered species racket

September 10, 2013
(Austin)—Of all the outlandish claims I’ve read on the Viewpoints page of the Austin American-Statesman, this statement by the Center for Biological Diversity’s Collette Adkins Giese really strains all credulity.  “In most cases critical habitat designation has no impa...more

Saving a lizard … or reptile dysfunction?

Saving a lizard … or reptile dysfunction?

May 26, 2011
(AUSTIN)— AUSTIN - Consider this next time you pull up to the gas pump: While you wince at filling up with $4-a-gallon gas, your federal government is working hard to shut down oil production around the nation including here in Texas, the leading producer of domestic oil and gas. This folly is all because o...more

Renewable energy is renewable revenue for Texas

Renewable energy is renewable revenue for Texas

April 22, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Nearly four years ago, the Texas General Land Office signed the nation's first ever lease for offshore wind power. Since then, major hurricanes and economic storms have blown away plans to have turbines up and running by now. But that doesn't mean we're not earning real money. After all, that's wha...more