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HILL ENERGY BRIEFING: Texas Democrats Want Unionized Wind Work

June 3, 2022, 10:05 AM

Eight Texas House Democrats called on the Interior Department on Thursday to require all new offshore wind projects in the Gulf of Mexico to be built with union labor. The lawmakers also want the economic and social benefits of the projects to be sent to marginalized communities.

The lawmakers’ request aligns with two of the Biden administration’s key commitments: increasing renewable energy and breathing life into the organized labor movement.

Texas’ unionization rates are roughly one third of the national rate, the lawmakers wrote. They also insisted that leaseholders shouldn’t merely make reasonable efforts to enter into project labor agreements, ...