- March 18, 2019
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He announced his candidacy amid a blaze of publicity and, according to some reports, raised more money in a single day than the entire campaign total for Bernie Sanders. Charisma and excitable hand movements apart, Beto O'Rourke has a long slog ahead of him. Here's a brief recap of his voting on energy issues.
For those who are not members of the site, he voted against banning drilling activities off the Florida coast in 2016 and supported a bill that cut spending on clean energy programs at DOE in June 2018. He was also in favor of lifting a ban on crude oil exports in 2015 and 2018 legislation that would have streamlined small-scale natural gas exports to new markets abroad.
His supporters have pointed to his support of the Green New Deal but then there's the fact that he is the second-biggest recipient of donations from Texas' oil and gas industry. Context is necessary to understand these figures. The E&E article points out that he raised $80 million in total for his failed Senate bid against Ted Cruz and $475,000 came from the oil and gas industry.