The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) passed a resolution introduced by Railroad Commission of Texas chairman Wayne Christian urging the federal government to oppose presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) version of the Green New Deal.
“Earlier in September, Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled his $16.3-trillion Green New Deal plan, which would cripple our state’s economy by banning the extraction of fossil fuels,” Christian said. “As a statewide elected official charged with overseeing our state’s natural resources development, it is my duty to stand up for Texas’ Tenth Amendment Rights.”
Sanders, a self-described democratic-socialist, introduced his climate action program Aug. 22. Carrying a $16.3-trillion price tag, the plan declares climate change a national emergency and calls for new wind, solar, and geothermal infrastructure construction across the country, as well as committing $200 billion to help poor nations cope with climate change. By 2030, 100% renewable energy would fuel the U.S. electricity and transportation sectors and the U.S. would be completely decarbonized by the year 2050.