“Politics: Texas Elections Could Upend U.S. Oil And Gas”

“The 2020 election could be a pivotal moment for the oil industry in Texas, and thus the rest of the U.S. energy sector.

Oil producers have dominated the state's politics since the 1920s and '30s, and have helped cement the Republican Party's control over the state Legislature and statewide offices.

But the state's changing demographics and emerging Latino majority could be poised to bring about a change. Younger voters in Texas tend to be more interested in long-term solutions to climate change and other environmental issues, according to polls.

In addition to the presidential and congressional elections, voters in Texas will choose the entire state House of Representatives and more than half the state Senate. They'll also pick a member of the state Railroad Commission, the oddly named agency that regulates the oil, gas and pipeline industries.”

Mike Lee reports for EnergyWire January 17, 2020.