By Commissioner Wayne Christian, Railroad Commission of Texas on 12/16/2020

Commissioner Wayne Christian, Railroad Commission of Texas

It looks like the mainstream media have finally realized that government intervention in energy markets impacts the cost of energy for consumers. In a recent article in the Houston Chronicle, discussing legislation that would add a 1-cent tax per kilowatt hour (equal to leaving a light bulb on overnight) to energy generated from specific energy sources, including wind, solar and coal—but not natural gas—the author stated, “power bills likely would rise next year for Texas consumers,” as the tax would be passed on.1 

I hope this concern for consumers will continue in the paper’s coverage of pending legislation, like the Green New Deal and bans on hydraulic fracturing. 

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