Responding to a Misleading Narrative on Texas Oil Exports
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Texans For Natural Gas | October 11, 2018
Fact check: Sensational, misleading media story that claims Permian Basin energy development is “threatening the planet” is chock full of inaccuracies, features debunked activist claims, and was co-authored by an organization funded by “Keep It In the Ground” supporters.
Energy development is unquestionably good for Texas. It provides jobs, billions of dollars in tax revenue, and it makes the United States more energy secure. The United States is now the world’s largest producer of oil, thanks in large part to places like the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale. As the largest natural gas producer in the country, Texas is also playing a key role in reducing air pollution: the United States leads the world in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and that’s primarily due to the increased use of clean-burning natural gas.
But this energy superpower status has also made Texas a target for environmental groups who oppose fossil fuels. Funded by large foundations committed to “Keep It In the Ground,” these groups – many of which are headquartered in California or Washington, DC – have long tried to curtail the Texas energy revolution. Thankfully, they have largely been unsuccessful: in the past six years, Texas oil production has more than doubled.
Which brings us to this week, as the Texas Tribune published an incredibly one-sided report about Texas oil exports and how they supposedly harm local communities in the state. To be clear, the Texas Tribune is not an environmental group – but the organization it partnered with, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), might as well be. CPI is funded by a who’s who of foundations that bankroll the “Keep It In the Ground” movement, including the Park Foundation and even the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
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