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HCR 74, if passed, would resolve that the Texas Water Development Board, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Policy work to create a potable water recycling project in Region C, and that the Commission encourage the development of further renewable energy projects. The resolution is preceded by a series of findings which note that drought is a major problem in Texas, particularly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
We agree with the findings that drought is a major issue in Texas. However we are concerned with the resolutions themselves. We cannot speak to the need for water recycling projects in Region C but they very well may be prudent. More concerning though is the notion that the Commission should encourage renewable energy projects. This encouragement is almost certain to cost the state at some point, and though renewable energy is an intriguing and promising area, we do not believe it is the legitimate function of the state to offer preferential treatment to some industries as opposed to others. For this reason we oppose HCR 74.