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From Freeport to the World

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This article was published in the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. The United States has become the world’s leader in natural gas production. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) have lifted US gas production by 73% since 2005. With this flood of new supply, America’s natural gas export boom has come. The challenge is how to export natural gas. The answer: liquifi...

The NBA is Kowtowing to China

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This article was published in the Galveston Daily News on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. “Republicans buy sneakers, too” is a line often attributed to Michael Jordan in the 1990s. Jordan’s unwillingness to engage politically is attributed to his desire to protect his wallet. This attitude has been criticized by many activist athletes over the past decade. This change has been so dramatic that many s...

Trump was right to leave flawed climate pact

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This article was published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Sunday, June 11, 2017. With the amount of attention we give to news cycles and social media news feeds, chances are you have seen the words "Paris Climate Accord" or some variation plenty of times in the last week. In light of the eruption of articles, we must remember, a headline and the first paragraph of an article are not enough to fully explain the implications both of the Accord and of the president's decision to withdraw from it.

My battle to halt EPA power grab

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It’s time to ditch the EPA’s regulation to redefine the “waters of the United States”. This is yet another action by the agency to expand the scope of its regulatory reach and is an unprecedented assault on our economy. Congress must rein in the EPA’s powers. On June 29, the EPA announced a final rule that expanded the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act, historically only those de...

We have been here before

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On Sunday, the President addressed the United Nations to urge action on the Syrian migrant crisis. European countries have seen a deluge of refugees fleeing Syria because of the oppressive Assad regime and ISIL. To quote the late Yogi Berra, “it’s déjà vu all over again.” We’ve been here before. Syrians fearing persecution have been fleeing for years. Now we are seeing a mass exodus and the entire...

Trade: Good for Texas, Good for America

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For as large as the American economy is, a staggering 96 percent of the world’s customers reside outside of the United States. Given this number, there are seemingly limitless opportunities to connect American goods and services with people across the globe if only we could tear down the barriers that other countries put in the way. The economic impact on our country would result in more jobs, hig...

EPA has too much authority

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has greatly expanded its authority over our economy since 2009, resulting in an increase in regulations that add to an uncertain business climate and chill investment in critical sectors. As Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee and member of the Environment Subcommittee on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, I have made it my priority to rein...

Iran nuclear deal endangers all Americans

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On November 4, 1979, a group of radical religious extremists stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking American citizens and diplomats hostage. For 444 days, 52 Americans were chained, humiliated and tortured. Instead of condemning this horrendous act, the Iranian ruling authority has consistently praised these terrorists as patriots, and commemorated this event as a day of celebration. Sadly, th...