The Media Is Catching On

What to know: Texas Democrats are lying to Texans about proposed election reforms, says Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Cynthia M. Allen.

The TPPF take: Nothing in Senate Bill 1, the election reforms bill, would make voting harder for Texans.

“The bill reins in rogue counties like Harris (where Houston is located) that sought to change the rules for voting with an election under way in 2020,” says TPPF’s Chad Ennis. “It would implement consistent, uniform, and transparent voting procedures for all Texas counties. That’s it’s duty; the U.S. Constitution says that state legislatures determine the time, place and manner for voting—not counties and not cities.”

For more on Senate Bill 1, click here.

Don’t Mess With Texas Chefs

What to know: Even as cities across the country ban new natural gas stoves (favored by chefs), Texas has a new law preventing such bans.

The TPPF take: Chefs and many household cooks prefer natural gas for cooking. And converting to all-electric can be expensive.

“Communities of color in California are already waking up to the fact that natural gas bans are harming minorities, and Texas leaders heeded these warnings,” says TPPF’s Brent Bennett. “While these policies satisfy environmental groups and political constituencies that lobby our city councils, recent polling shows that nearly 70% of Texans oppose them.”

For more on natural gas bans, click here.

The Blob

What to know: Socially conscious investing, known as ESG, continues to grow, gobbling up investment firms and pension funds in its wake. ESG investing could soon account for a full third of all global assets under management.

The TPPF take: The ESG movement will hurt American companies—and everyday Americans—in the long run. That’s why a new Texas law that says that investment firms that discriminate against fossil fuels can’t do business with Texas.

“The ESG movement wrongly bullies corporations into ignoring their duty to provide profitability for shareholders, in order to appease a vocal minority of progressive activists,” says TPPF’s Jason Isaac. “And some major firms are capitulating. Efforts to divest from fossil fuels would yield no significant environmental benefits but come with an extreme economic cost.”

For more on the ESG movement, click here.