Here are things to know for Friday, Jan. 29:
1. Gov. Greg Abbott vows to fight Joe Biden’s energy and climate agenda
Gov. Greg Abbott, looking to show an early contrast with President Joe Biden, visited the Permian Basin on Thursday and announced a series of steps the state would be taking to push back against the new Democratic administration when it comes to the oil and gas industry.
During a news conference in Odessa, the Republican governor vowed that Texas would pursue an aggressive legal strategy against the Biden administration much like Abbott, then the attorney general, did against former President Barack Obama. Abbott signed an executive order that he said would “direct every state agency to use all lawful powers and tools to challenge any federal action that threatens the” energy sector in Texas. And he announced his support for legislation that “prohibits cities and counties from banning natural gas appliances,” railing against a similar move last year by San Francisco.
“I am in Midland to make clear that Texas is going to protect the oil and gas industry from any type of hostile attack from Washington, D.C.,” said Abbott, who was actually speaking in the nearby city of Odessa at CUDD Energy Services. “Texas is not going to stand idly by and watch the Biden administration kill jobs in Midland, in Odessa or any other place across the entire region.”
2. ‘Trying to get me killed’: Ocasio-Cortez tells Cruz to resign over his ‘role’ in Capitol riot
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) told U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday there is “no common ground” to work together legislatively after his “role” in the Capitol riot earlier this month and urged him to resign.