The Daily Texan Online
BY THE DAILY TEXAN EDITORIAL BOARD
October 24, 2016, Updated: October 24, 2016
Excerpt: "The undisputed best candidate in this race is Mark Miller, a former UT petroleum engineering professor who is running as a Libertarian. To assume Miller would slash regulation and hamstring the commission’s ability to do its job because he is a Libertarian would be a mistake, though. Ahead of his bid for the position, he wrote a 112-page book on it. Miller knows what the industry’s best practices are and wants to be a watchdog who ensures they get done.
He is not without his faults. Our ideal candidate would acknowledge the scientific consensus on climate change in a way that aligns with research. Although Miller says that earth is warming, he argues that the warming has plateaued and isn’t convinced human activity is the reason. He is wrong. What he does get right, though, is that we should try to limit the excess carbon dioxide we put into our atmosphere as well as find ways to plan for the impacts of climate change. He is in the acceptable boundary on climate for us — appeasing those on the right who want to protect the industry while working toward solutions that will fix real problems.
We proudly stand for progressive principles but understand that the way those are best achieved is not always immediate and easy. Miller would represent a strong step toward a rational railroad commission that cares about people instead of industry profits. We encourage a vote for him in this race."