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Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams made a stop at Texas State University in San Marcos on his 35 city tour throughout Texas. He travels in a bus fueled by clean energy. Williams urged citizens to get involved and take an interest in clean energy, as it affects their health and environment. Williams said Texas is a leader in the country in providing natural gas, wind power, and coal.”Texas is the Saudi Arabia of coal,” said Williams. “We have a supply of coal for 200 years.”
Williams said he wants to see Texas’ homes and vehicles powered by what he called “Texas Fuel and Texas Energy.” In doing so, Williams said Texans, and Americans, will burn cleaner fuel and energy, as well as reduce the reliance on foreign oil. He said venturing in clean energy will not only help the environment, but will provide jobs and stimulate the economy.
In a flyer provided by the College Republicans Williams is quoted as saying, “We must inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians by committing Texas to becoming the global leader in innovation and energy.”
When asked about concerns regarding the pollution derived from burning coal, Williams said it will be clean energy. He said today’s technology allows for the removal of pollutants from burning coal, thus providing “hydrogen rich synthetic gas.” Williams said he will implement the use of natural gas, clean coal, nuclear power, wind power and solar power to bring about the clean energy he foresees.
“The reason that we’re using all is because we are a state that is growing at a rate of 1,000 people per day,” said Williams. “We eat up a bunch of power in Texas, and so we need every source. You cannot generate enough wind power in Texas to power Texas, so you’re going to have to have all those sources.”
Williams said Texas needs to continue drilling for natural gas, commercialize clean coal, and develop the new generation of nuclear power, wind power, and solar power.
Protesters which included the College Democrats and the Campus Anti-war Movement End the Occupations (CAMEO) held posters and yelled over Williams during his speech, raising issues concerning the wars in the Middle East, oil, and the Republican Party itself.
“The Republican Party is not the Party of clean energy,” said CAMEO member Matthew Camp. “The Republican Party is not interested in clean energy, they’re interested in profits. If they can find a profit with clean energy then they will jump on board.”
Camp said he was not there to protest clean energy, he said he was gearing his attention against the Republican Party and the wars in the Middle East. He said those wars were specifically set up to bring back oil to the United States for energy.
Republican incumbent Michael Williams is running against Democrat Mark Thompson and Libertarian David Floyd. The Railroad Commissioner serves a six-year term. The General Election will take place November 4, with early voting starting on October 20 and ending October 31.
by: Andy Sevilla
News Section Editor
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