Numerous bills that would have collectively addressed the “snowmageddon” near-total Texas grid failure died in the State Affairs committee of the Texas House during the 87th Legislative session, including HB1731 (Grid Security-Tinderholt) and SB1606 (Grid Hardening-Hall). The failure of the Texas Legislature to secure our grid after such an egregious failure is unforgiveable. Steps to secure our grid must be a priority of the 88th Legislature.
Texas must take steps to ensure that it retains control and independence of its electrical grid.
Texas needs to immediately stop subsidies to unreliable wind and solar energy production.
The Texas Legislature must take steps to ensure that the Texas grid is protected from natural and man-made calamities, including Electromagnetic Pulses (EMP) and Coronal Mass Ejections (CME).
Texas has tremendous access to natural gas and much of that gas is being discarded. Furthermore, natural gas needs minimal refinement, compared to crude oil, and burns extremely cleanly.
Texans should have the ability to affordably convert their vehicles to use natural gas, and all regulatory impediments that currently exist for any mechanic to convert a vehicle should be removed. Furthermore, the state should expand its assistance in building pipelines to well sites to assist in the movement of this natural gas to processing stations and refineries.
The Texas Legislature should immediately nullify federal laws and regulations that require ethanol as a fuel additive and/or a primary fuel.