We may have an Energy Party candidate in Texas

You know how I’m always getting stuff about politics in other parts of the country that, in order to get through the day and pay attention to the stuff I need to pay attention to, I just automatically delete, by the gross?

Well, I stopped and backed up and undeleted one today because something caught my eye just as it was going away. It said, in part:

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Noriega Charts Course for Texas, U.S. Energy Self-Sufficiency
U.S. Senate Candidate Calls Current Energy Situation Both a Short-Term Crisis and Long-Term Opportunity for Texas
Dallas – Calling our current energy situation both a “crisis and an opportunity,” U.S. Senate candidate Rick Noriega unveiled his energy plan at a press conference at Dallas City Hall this morning. Entitled “Bold Solutions for a Better Future: Energy Self-Sufficiency Now,” the Noriega energy plan is designed to provide immediate relief for Texas families; build the road to energy self-sufficiency; and develop a sustainable energy and economic future for Texas and the U.S.
    The Noriega energy plan is centered on the belief that by becoming a world leader in renewable energy, Texas will create jobs, strengthen the state’s economic base, provide a more sustainable future for state natural resources, and strengthen our national security. At the heart of the plan is the ambitious 100% in 10 effort – the goal to use entirely renewable sources for Texas household electricity needs by 2019….

This Noriega guy is apparently a Democrat, although he doesn’t go on an on about it. You mostly have to pick up on that from the use of key code phrases, such as "Take Texas Back," yadda-yadda.

But hey, with an agenda like that, he might want to think about joining us in the Energy Party. Around here, the politicians of both parties just pander to our anger over gasoline prices, without proposing to do much that is substantive.

So I don’t know much about this Noriega guy, but at least on this point, he’s capable of thinking roughly in the right direction.

Yeah, he’s real skimpy on the details — where is this plan, by the way? — but at least, as I say, he starts in the right direction.

4 thoughts on “We may have an Energy Party candidate in Texas

  1. Lee Muller

    Beneath the surface, there is always more taxes, more spending, more government control, more socialist state enterprises…

  2. bud

    Energy is probably one of those things that we’re just going to have to accept a bit of pain. While paying $4 a gallon seems terrible the results have been nothing short of spectacular. Demand is way down. The Saudis are pumping more and now the price is falling. And the best news of all is that traffic deaths are down sharply. All because we spend a few dollars more for a tank of gas. The best thing government could do right now is get out of the way and go with the flow. The fact that congress is in chaos right now is a good thing. The less they do, the better off we’ll be. If we could just get rid of all the subsidies for the oil companies then things would get even better.

  3. Lee Muller

    Exactly what are those alleged “subsidies to the oil companies”?
    A subsidy is a direct payment of funds, like a tax credit for ethanol production or buying a hybrid car.

  4. bud

    Here’s a great article on theoildrum by Robert Rapier. He’s suggesting a compromise on the drilling-in-the-ANWR issue. As an opponent of drilling in the ANWR for a variety of reasons I could support this proposal. How about you pro-drilling folks?


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