When it comes to energy, the politicians in Washington don’t get it. Texans do.
If there is an energy crisis in this country, it is because too many states and too many lawmakers in Washington are too timid about allowing entrepreneurs to bring to the surface what is buried right below us. In Texas, we’re not timid. Thanks to longstanding public policy encouraging responsible production, 18% of all the oil and 30% of all the natural gas produced onshore in the U.S. is produced in this state. That makes us the No. 1 energy-producing state in America.
Oh, one other little detail. The aggressive approach to energy production in Texas is one reason Texans do not pay any state income tax. Those evil oil companies pick up the tab for them. I could live with that.