Energy and Environment
It is a misconception that we must choose between a healthy environment and a prosperous economy. We can protect our environment, combat climate change, lower energy costs and incentivize economic growth simultaneously. Texas is an energy state, and we have a unique competitive advantage being the only state in the country with its own electrical grid. Texas can and should lead the way in renewable and clean energy, creating good paying jobs for hardworking Texans and protecting the planet for future generations. We are already doing it with wind energy. Texas is the top state in the country in wind energy protection and nearly 26,000 Texans make their living connected to the wind energy industry. The two fastest-growing job openings in America are wind technician and solar installer and Colin wants to keep bringing those jobs to Texas. As a nation, we should continue to invest in wind, solar and other clean energy sources, and lead the way into a new generation of renewable and clean energy economic growth.
Colin was a cosponsor of the Climate Action Now Act which has called on the Trump Administration to remain in the Paris Climate Accord to establish new goals to reduce emissions and develop a plan for how we can protect the environment. We must engage the world to fight this global problem. Now is the time for American leadership.
Colin supports policies that incentivize innovation and promote public and private investment in clean and renewable sources of energy—which can lead to the creation of good-paying jobs for North Texans. We should work to grow renewable and clean energy sources, such as wind and solar, to utility-scale, while continuing to invest in reducing some of the harmful impacts of current energy sources.
Colin supports the independence of the Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to ensure they are able to carry out their missions to keep our environment and communities safe and preserve our planet for future generations.