Texas Energy Day: Looking Beyond the Pump


By Michael Geary, March 24, 2021



Today is Texas Energy Day at the Capitol. The event will be virtual this year and can be watched at TexasEnergyDay.com. Bethany Blankley via The Center Square reports, “the event was organized to highlight the importance of the oil and natural gas industry and includes keynote addresses from Governor Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dade Phelan.” She goes on to say, “Virtual energy exhibits are being provided by a range of oil and gas companies to show how they contribute to daily life, water recycling, a low carbon future, pipeline construction, dredging and a range of other issues.” But despite these exhibits, most Texans only think of oil and gas when at the pump. When in fact, oil and gas play a much larger part in everyone’s day to day life.


Oil and gas contribute to the following products and services you may use on a daily basis:


- Your smartphone you use as an alarm clock.

- Your shampoo bottle during your shower.

- Your clothes in your closet.

- Your credit and debit cards.

- Your roads and schools.


As you can see, oil and gas play a much larger role than just warming our homes and running our cars. That’s why the TX Energy Project organized a letter applauding Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for pushing back against the Biden Administration for canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline. The letter was signed by over 30 Texas state Senators and Representatives who are concerned about the Biden administration choosing bad politics over good policy. Below is an excerpt from the letter:


When President Biden cancelled the project as one of his first acts as President,

his rationale was that the project would “undermine U.S. climate leadership” in

taking “ambitious climate action.” And, of course, we need to transition to “a clean

energy economy” with “well-paying union jobs.”

President Biden’s climate rhetoric does not align with reality, and his actions are

nakedly partisan and political.


The path forward for the energy sector lies in embracing free market competition and innovation. It also relies on supporting leaders who are pushing back against an overreaching federal government. TCCRI’s Texas Energy Project looks forward to working together with elected officials, stakeholders, and experts on energy and environmental policies in order to protect the prosperity of future Texans.