Texas’ Deadly Blackouts Could Open The Door For This Democrat To Make History

by | Oct 28, 2022 | Politics

Texas Democrats are betting they could win their first statewide election in three decades by ousting an entrenched Republican incumbent from a seat on a confusingly named regulatory commission no one has heard of that oversees the oil and gas industry.The man to pull off what would be a seismic upset is a relatively recent arrival to the Lone Star State, a Rhode Island native who bounced between London, New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Ethiopia before settling in Austin. Luke Warford wants to become a member of the Texas Railroad Commission — and thereby a sheriff for the state’s storied oil industry. AdvertisementSlim and bespectacled, with a stylish swoop of wavy hair, the first-time candidate doesn’t exactly look the part. By his own admission, “people look at me and they ask about the Green New Deal and AOC.” Warford says he’s a pragmatist who wants to see the oil industry thrive — and that it would be madness to reelect a regulator under whose watch the Texas natural gas system collapsed, leaving hundreds to freeze to death and thousands more to foot exorbitant electric bills.So goes the 33-year-old’s pitch to persuade Texans to put him in charge of policing the state’s most valuable industry in the midst of a global energy crisis. Ousting the incumbent Republican, Wayne Christian, and electing a Democrat to one of the Texas Railroad Commission’s three seats won’t end Republican control. But Warford promised to bring balance and transparency to a self-dealing panel of partisan regulators and push for common-sense public safety measures at an agency that, contrary to its name, actually oversees the state’s oil and gas drilling and pipelines.Advertisement“Hundreds of Texans f**king froze to death in the energy capital of the world. That is unconscionable.”- Luke WarfordFollowing a 2011 cold snap, federal regulators warned the Railroad Commission that its 255,000-mile network of natural gas lines was vulner …

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