Finding New Natural Gas Markets

The versatility of gas means it can be used for heat, for power, for combined heat and power (CHP), for petrochemicals and fertilizers, and in internal combustion engines. Natural gas can also be used as a source of hydrogen, and with biogas can contribute to decarbonization.

Texas producers need flexibility, which turns into considerable opportunities for expanded use of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas in land transport and for LNG at sea. New geographical markets are also available for natural gas in Southeastern Europe, and Central Asia.

Prospects for new markets are endless and Texas must be ready to capitalize on those markets as they emerge. We must work with partners in Mexico to build a pipeline that connects Texas producers to markets in South Korea and other parts of Southeast Asia. The real benefit? It limits Russian involvement in the natural gas trade industry. Who would argue with that?

Marijuana Legalization

 

50% of Republicans say that they are in favor of legalizing marijuana in Texas, according to a Gallop Poll released in November 2021. Texas should be doing more to expand legalization and forgive people with previous marijuana convictions in our state. 

There has been a documented increase of support for legalizing marijuana over more than five decades, with particularly sharp increases occurring in the 2000s and 2010s. In 2013, a majority of Americans, for the first time, supported legalization.

As was the case in 2020, solid majorities of U.S. adults in all major subgroups by gender, age, income and education support legalizing marijuana.

Substantive differences are seen, however, by political party and religion. While most Democrats (83%) and political independents (71%) support legalization, Republicans are nearly evenly split on the question (50% in favor; 49% opposed).

Texas could legalize marijuana and bring billions of new tax revenue to the state. Seriously, we could be doing more to bring added healthcare to rural communities and improve life for all Texans if we just make this one simple move that half of Republicans in America support. The times are changing and even while there is another half of the party that disagrees with the idea, a growing majority sees that we need to just do it. If democracy is the will of a majority of the people then the people need to have their say–not the minority.

Horse Racing and Gaming

 

Texas has got to do something about property taxes and finding new revenue. These simpleton issues that are coming from a simpleton governor just is not cutting it. We need to find new revenue and that starts with expanding horse racing and gaming in the state of Texas and stop cowering to the far-right that keeps blocking the issue every single time it comes up. We cannot live in fear and we cannot legislate morality. The time has come that we stop sending money out of state and keep those dollars right here in the state of Texas!

Drive to Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico or even go to Nevada and see just how many Texans are there at any given minute. The numbers would shock you. Why not keep that money right here in Texas and use it in our local communities. Use it to fund unfunded mandates that Texas counties are bogged down with. Use it for our schools. Use that money to lower property taxes, bring better access to rural healthcare, and offer a better life to all Texans. It is time that we stop listening to the people who only live to legislate social morality in Texas and listen to the wise voices who understand that this would benefit more Texans than it would harm.

Why not expand horse racing into historical betting? No problem there. Why not bring more horse centered functions to Texas? Why not bring more veterinarian jobs and technician jobs to our state? There is no real downside to this proposal and it time that the people of Texas have their say.

The proof is in the pudding that a majority of Texans support legalized gaming in the state. They support casinos and they support having destination resorts in our communities. Here is the truth:

Members of the Texas Legislature and Governor Abbott took money from casinos in hopes that Texans would be given the opportunity to vote on the issue. Instead of passing a measure to do it, Governor Abbott and a large number of Texas lawmakers took the money and shafted the casino and gaming industry leaving them in the dark and wasting millions in political contributions. That is unethical and if you or I did that it would be theft–but they call it “politics.” 

Greg Abbott take hundreds of thousands of dollars from casinos in Oklahoma and Louisiana to make sure that gaming never comes up before the voters. Guess what? He delivers to them every single time. Let’s face it–Greg Abbott is a liar who is posing as an ethical leader for Texas who is for the state and its citizens. He must be stopped. 

It is time that we elect a leader who will work with the industry and help them develop land that has already been secured in our state. It is time that we work with the tourism industry to bring new revenue to Texas and improve life for all Texans. The time has come to stop the madness in Austin and focus on what is best for all Texans! 

Immigration

 

“Texas is a land of great opportunity. Illegal immigration is a real problem to our orderly society, and amnesty in any of its forms makes a mockery of our legal system. Illegal immigration places unfair burdens on our state and local governments and drives down wages for Texas workers. First, our borders must be secured. Second, employers who willfully seek and hire illegal laborers must face serious penalties for breaking the law. Third, government should not allow public benefits of any kind to illegal immigrants.”

My immigration plan includes:

  1. Opposing amnesty in any form for those here illegally.
  2. Opposing taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal immigrants.
  3. Supporting mandatory use of E-verify, a legal employment verification system, for all employers.
  4. Opposing in-state tuition benefits for illegal immigrants.
  5. Opposing the issuance of drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants.
  6. Supporting long-term investments to fully secure the border.
  7. Supporting a crackdown on employers who willfully hire illegal labor.
  8. Supporting interior enforcement programs such as 287(g), which authorizes and empowers local law enforcement participation in immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions.