Protecting Women

What to know: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is suing the federal government over the Biden administration’s new Title IX rules for colleges and universities—which would conflict with Texas law against forcing girls and women athletes to compete against men.

The TPPF take: Gov. Abbott has rightly instructed the Texas Education Agency to ignore the new rule.

“The purpose of Title IX is to ensure women have the same rights and opportunities as men to go to school, compete in athletics, obtain financial assistance, and other measures,” says TPPF’s Greg Sindelar. “This rule flips the entire law on its head, allowing men to take those opportunities away, invade women’s private spaces, and receive preferential treatment. It will result in greater intimidation, harassment, and sexual assault of women. Texans will not allow this rule to stand.”

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Standing Up for Texas

What to know: Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham has filed comments with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management declaring her opposition to the agency’s plans to hold a 410,000-acre offshore wind lease sale near Texas in the Gulf of Mexico.

The TPPF take: Biden’s Green New Deal lite is facing substantial headwinds.

“The strength of those headwinds was made clear in the summer, when the feds received exactly zero bids for leases off Texas,” says TPPF’s Robert Henneke. “Industry expressed a profound disinterest in these Gulf leases, casting a shadow on what the Biden administration has called ‘an important milestone for the Gulf of Mexico region — and for our nation — to transition to a clean energy future.’ No surprise, given that despite massive subsidies, offshore wind is twice as expensive as onshore resources.”

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‘Incredibly Difficult’

What to know: Under President Joe Biden, the natural gas business has become “incredibly difficult,” industry insiders say.

The TPPF take: President Biden’s war on domestic energy is intensifying.

“President Biden’s environmental extremism means our allies will become more reliant on our adversaries,” says TPPF’s Matt Eagan. “For context, 87% of U.S. LNG exports went primarily to U.S. allies in Europe and Asia. The Biden administration blunting America’s ability to participate on the world energy stage creates a vacuum that will undoubtedly be filled by the other major natural gas exporting countries—Russia, Qatar, and Iran—who are certainly not friends of the U.S.”

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