During Tuesday night’s Texas senatorial debate between incumbent swamp monster Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the subject of climate change came up. As the oil-drilling animations in the background of this televised event implied, oil and gas and their place in the world of energy and industry are of top concern in this race. Cruz used most of his time to attack O’Rourke for invented votes O’Rourke cast in favor of taxing oil (O’Rourke voted against a Republican resolution that found no meaningful solution to funding infrastructure projects). O’Rourke used his time to give a quick synthesis of Cruz’s essence and then talk about climate change.
O’Rourke: This is what you can expect over the course of this debate. Senator Cruz is not going to be honest with you. He’s gonna make up positions and votes that I’ve never held or I’ve ever taken. He’s dishonest. It’s why the president called him “Lyin’ Ted,” and it’s why the nickname stuck, because it’s true.Look, that the climate is changing and man-made climate change is a fact. Three hundred years after the Enlightenment, we should be able to listen to the scientists and follow their advice and guidance, and they tell us that we still have time, but the window is closing to get this right. If we’re gonna make our commitment to the generations that follow and not just think about the next election, or our political career, or pursuit of the White House, then we can make the right decisions now. We can support Texas being a proud energy leader in oil and in gas, but also in renewable energy. Today, Texas leads the country, we’re number one in the nation in the generation of renewable wind power; we’re number five, and moving up quick, when it comes to solar. The two fastest growing jobs the United States of America today? Wind and solar jobs.We can continue to grow this economy, we can reject the false choice between oil and gas and renewable energy, make sure that we produce, and refine, and transport, and use our energy resources more responsibly. And listen, this isn’t one political party saying this. This is people of both parties, in every single county in Texas that we’ve had the chance to listen to people, these are folks who work in the energy industry. Amy and I were in Iraan, Texas, listening those who work in some of these fracking operations. What they want is predictability and consistency in the regulations, and then they will perform to them.
Beto O’Rourke isn’t very left, and in Texas these days it is hard to run even as far left as he is. But O’Rourke seems to have a real grasp of reason on his side. He’s on the correct side of civil rights, women’s rights, and climate change. It’s hard to ask for anything more. Plus, besides a goblin in a horror film, virtually anything is better than Ted Cruz.