By Corbin Robertson Jr. and Susan Combs
The United States is now the energy capital of the world with the Lone Star State leading the way. In Texas, traditional energy workers represent approximately 5 percent of the state’s employment, not to mention the indirect jobs and economic output generated by the industry. However, Texas must face the reality that consumers and investors are demanding that energy providers reduce carbon emissions. Recent demands by Exxon shareholders to cut emissions, as well as the company’s $100 billion plan to reduce carbon, highlight this.
While the goal of protecting our environment is a noble one and must be pursued, destroying the lifeblood of the Texas economy and undermining national security in the process is dangerous.