Ted Cruz vs Beto O’Rourke On Energy

Debate Facts|10.16.18

Ted Cruz vs. Beto O’Rourke on Energy

Ted Cruz has a proven record of fighting for the hundreds of thousands of Texas jobs supported by our state’s thriving energy resources, while Beto O’Rourke has voted time and again for regulations that would hurt these jobs and put a stranglehold on our energy sector.

Beto O’Rourke has a troubling record of advocating against Texas energy interests and supporting regulations that stifle our energy industry:

Energy Taxes

  • O’Rourke has twice voted against measures that would express the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would not be in the best interest of the United States economy in both 2016 (H.Con Res. 89) and 2018 (H Con. Res 119).
  • O’Rourke also voted against a resolution introduced by Rep. Charles Boustany that would oppose President Obama’s proposed $10-per-barrel tax on oil. It also expressed the sense of Congress that in the future, lawmakers should review the potential damages that new taxes would have on industries that have been subject to job, revenue and production cuts.

Waters of the United States

  • O’Rourke voted against H.R. 1732, the “Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015,” a bill that would effectively block the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing and implementing a rule defining the “Waters of the United States”.
  • O’Rourke voted in favor of an amendment to the FY 2017 Interior Interior-Environment Appropriations bill that would block Republican efforts to defund the requirements of the “Waters of the United States”.
  • In January of 2016, O’Rourke voted againstS J Res 22, legislation that would give Congressional disapproval and nullify the harmful “Waters of the United States” rule from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Paris Climate Accords

  • In April of 2016, Beto O’Rourke signed a letter to president Obama expressing “strong support” for his decision to join the Paris Climate Accord.
  • In June of 2017, O’Rourke published a blog on his medium.com page criticizing President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement calling it “one of his worst executive actions to date.”

Clean Power

  • In March of 2014, Beto O’Rourke voted against R. 3826, the “Electricity Security and Affordability Act,” introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield. This bill would limit EPA regulations of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fueled power plants under the 1963 air pollution control law. It would also block EPA regulation of existing power plants without Congressional consent.
  • In December of 2015, O’Rourke voted against J. Res 24, a resolution disapproving and nullifying of the EPA’s emissions rules for power plants.
  • In April of 2013, O’Rourke voted yes on Rep. Napolitano’s [D-CA] amendment to the “Hydropower Facility Development Act,” H.R. 678, seeking to enforce additional regulations on small hydropower operators.

Ted Cruz is a champion for Texas energy:

  • Cruz played an important role urging the Trump Administration to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • He’s voted time and again under the Trump Administration to roll back job killing Obama energy regulations.
  • Senator Cruz fought unnecessary federal overreach on environmental policies during the Obama Administration, including the burdensome Waters of the United States Rule, which was stayed by federal courts.
  • He introduced the Natural Gas Export Expansion Act, which will eliminate the current arduous process that discourages liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade and increase LNG exports by facilitating permits to non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries
  • In 2013, Senator Cruz introduced a bill, the American Energy Renaissance Act, that would unleash the full potential of America’s energy resources, encourage responsible energy exploration (including hydraulic fracturing), increase offshore drilling, expand energy exports including Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), and broaden energy development on private land, generating even more jobs for Texans and revenue that would be critical to reducing our national debt. Many of these proposals he has long fought for have been implemented under the Trump Administration.
  • He voted to open ANWR for energy exploration and development, which will create hundreds of thousands of new American jobs.
  • He’s fighting to protect blue-collar refinery jobs by providing relief from skyrocketing RFS costs.