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Libertarian best for energy job

THE EDITORIAL BOARD

In Texas, the Railroad Commission regulates the oil and gas industry, not railroads.
In Texas, the Railroad Commission regulates the oil and gas industry, not railroads. AP

Texas voters drawn to the polls by the contentious presidential election may not have full knowledge about some down-ballot races.

Two things they should know about the election for railroad commissioner: It’s a very important statewide post, and it has nothing at all to do with railroads.

The three-member Railroad Commission regulates the oil and gas industry, with which its commissioners have been overly chummy.

On the ballot are a Republican who on his website prominently displays the Texas Oil and Gas Association president’s words praising the industry, a Democrat who is a retired schoolteacher and lacks direct knowledge of the industry, plus candidates from the Libertarian Party and the Green Party.

Texans should buck two-party tradition and elect Libertarian Mark Miller, a former University of Texas at Austin petroleum engineering professor with deep oil and gas knowledge — but from a respectful distance.

For transparency, Miller wants to change the agency’s name to the Energy Resources Commission. He’d help separate it from the industry it regulates.

The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends Mark Miller for railroad commissioner.

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