Episode #19 – Breaking News on the Texas State Legislature potentially blocking China from buying property and mineral rights This is a critical topic as China has targeted the United States energy markets.
Rey talks with Matt Coday, President of the Oil & Gas Workers Association, about his testimony in the legislative chambers. Help the great United States Oil & Gas energy market employees and check out the Oil & Gas Workers Association.
Full Transcript Below.
Rey Trevino [00:01:01] Well, thank you for showing up for another quick update on the crude truth of what is going on at the capital this week here in the great state of Texas. With me is Stu Turley, President of the Sandstone Group. and more importantly for that great update with, once again, boots on the ground at our state capital in Texas. The president of the Oil and Gas Workers Association looking very dapper today. Our good friend Matt Cody. Matt, how are you?
Matt Coday [00:01:29] I’m great, thanks, Artie. Thank you, Stu. Always good to talk with you.
Rey Trevino [00:01:33] Oh, great. Great to always talk to you and get the update on what is going on. You know, you are really here We are. You know, you’re all over LinkedIn this week, all over the Internet from being you were in that freaking excuse my language. Ohio.
Matt Coday [00:01:50] Yes,.
Rey Trevino [00:01:50] I’ve been here we are on Thursday and you’re at the state capitol now fighting for the oil and gas workers. I mean, it’s just it’s just busy and you are all over in your boots on the ground. So, No, it’s a pleasure to have you on.
Matt Coday [00:02:05] Well, thank you very much. And I want to thank every old and gas worker in this country for power and our whole trip. We use diesel.
Rey Trevino [00:02:15] And lets not forget about the petrochemicals that made every single one of those plastic bottles and plastic wrap and the tires for you guys to get there.
Matt Coday [00:02:23] And that’s right.
Rey Trevino [00:02:25] Well, Matt, you know, the other day you said, hey, I’m headed to Austin, I’m going down and I’m actually testifying. And you just got out of testifying right there at the Capitol, giving them hell, I hope what was going on. I believe you were fighting for Senate Bill 147, is that correct?
Matt Coday [00:02:47] That’s correct. And I want to thank Texas Senator Lois Cole Gorst for inviting me to testify to the Senate Committee on State Affairs in favor of Senate Bill 147. This is a bold bill. I applaud Senator Frist and all Texas legislators who are working to pass this legislation to protect Texas oil and gas jobs and America’s natural resources.
Rey Trevino [00:03:07] Well, you know, what is it? What is the feeling? You know, we’ll go with that again. You know, how is the Senate and how is the Texas legislator really feeling right now about passing, in my opinion, just passed a law that would ban China from owning anything here in the state of Texas.
Matt Coday [00:03:26] Well, you know, the Senate is actually getting some pressure from external forces, in fact. So I was one of the invited testimonies. So I was about the eighth person to testify in favor of this bill, in the last one in favor of after I finished testifying, I believe there were over 80 people registered to testify against this bill.
Rey Trevino [00:03:46] We’ve heard.
Matt Coday [00:03:47] So Senate Bill 147 seeks to ban China and other hostile foreign entities from buying surface land. We have been working with Senator Cole, of course, office and other Texas legislators to also banned China and other hostile foreign entities from taking control of our best natural resources that live beneath that land.
Matt Coday [00:04:05] You know, we have heard cries from and largely from misguided politicians and misinformed voters, cries of xenophobia and racism. How dare you do this? You know, I can’t help but notice. Now number one, let me know that I am in Austin on Texas Independence Day. And like William Barret, Travis said, you know, give me victory or give me death.
Matt Coday [00:04:26] You know, we talk about remember the Alamo here in Texas. We have five great battles to secure the freedoms for all Texans and all of the people who were pro or testifying against this bill after I left the Senate chambers, I can’t help but notice that they’re not testifying in Beijing, Tehran, Moscow, anywhere else.
Matt Coday [00:04:46] Because here in Texas and in the United States, we have the freedom of speech. So while we welcome dissenting opinions, they’re not testifying in the communist and other repressive regimes that they fled. Welcome to Texas. We love that you’re here. We want to make sure that we keep Texas Texan and America, America.
Stuart Turley [00:05:04] A great man. You’re doing an outstanding job but I got a quick question for you with the surface land and the bill is and you said it’s going for the rights under it, for the mineral rights for everything else.
Stuart Turley [00:05:17] Now, there’s also a question on in the Air Force base, just two years ago, China installed radios on wind towers right outside one of our U.S. bases in Texas. Will this bill help stop that kind of malarkey?
Matt Coday [00:05:36] Yes, it will. Every piece of legislation that we can pass to shore up U.S. ownership and to block the CCP and other oppressive, oppressive regimes from endangering our national security. Yes, it will help. Whenever we look at China’s investment in Iran and their 25 year deal for oil and gas and other cooperation we know that China was seeking an espionage hub in the Middle East.
Matt Coday [00:05:59] And with with Iran wanting to export sanctioned crude oil for and offload cheap crude to the communist Chinese. Well, we know that that gives China an even bigger economic edge over Iran’s oil dependent economy.
Matt Coday [00:06:14] Here in Texas, with oil and natural gas being the largest driver of our state’s economy. We need to make sure that we keep control of that and don’t allow the CCP and other regimes to take control of our natural resources and exercise influence over policy.
Matt Coday [00:06:30] You talked about the threat that China poses from radio towers installed on these wind turbines. I was listening to a presentation from Senator Bob Hull about the threat of a m piece. These threats are not conspiracy theories. We know they exist. And those of us who get called crazy, well, I’d rather be called crazy than wrong and dead. You know, these are real threat. We talk about how energy security is national security.
Matt Coday [00:06:55] And while Joe Biden drains our Strategic Petroleum Reserve in what even he called a time of war, thus weakening our country, we need to make sure that threats that are left there, we’re watching for the threats from enemies both foreign and domestic, and that includes the people who own our natural resources.
Stuart Turley [00:07:12] You bet, Matt. And one other thing real quick on that note, on the balloon that just went by in in the U.S., China in 2018 had a successful test launch of hypersonic missiles from a balloon even smaller than the one that went across the United States with empty nukes. So it is a it is tested, it is tried, and there is real reason to get your hair up. In my case, that’s tough.
Matt Coday [00:07:42] Yeah, well, too. Do you know you and I aren’t as blessed as our. You know, he got a good looking face and a full head of hair, but not you and I. I whenever we talk about what we’re blessed with, America is blessed with vast natural resources that we utilize for the benefit of every American.
Matt Coday [00:08:00] You know, all USA oil and gas production benefits, Democrats, Republicans, independents. It’s an issue that we can all come together over and support. Is U.S. oil and gas production. Also, I think some people are waiting for the shot heard round the world. They’re waiting for China to announce they’ve declared war and whether anybody wants to announce it or not. We are at war, economic to be certain.
Matt Coday [00:08:22] Not to mention that Chinese fentanyl dealers working with violent Mexican drug cartels are running deadly poison their fentanyl into our communities. We’re at war on our southern border and in every way except on a battlefield and you and I both know that that’s not far off. Chuck de Boer, Texas Public Policy Foundation, wrote a brilliant op ed entitled The China Is Preparing for War, Not Saving the Planet. And so while radical green energy policies destroy our power grids and our energy security, and while it depresses our oil and natural gas industry, it gives China and others who would do us harm an even bigger economic advantage over us.
Rey Trevino [00:09:04] You know, I’m glad you brought that up, that I actually as well just wrote a Substack article on the same exact vein. Here we are fighting here in Texas. All right. To keep China out of what we’re doing in Texas. While the president of the United States was in charge. He was at the G20 on Monday G20 summit. He didn’t bring up the weather balloons, didn’t bring up the possibility of going to war with Taiwan. All they talked about were climate change.
Rey Trevino [00:09:33] And that, to me is a you know, as you said and Stu said, that’s a bunch of malarkey. When why are we still worried about climate change with China, when all China is still continuing to do is open up coal power plants and try to still buy our minerals in our oil.
Rey Trevino [00:09:51] We are at war in an economic way. I’ll just yesterday I look that, you know, the United States still has the largest GDP at $23 trillion give or take. Don’t fact check but you know who’s second to China? China second. Why are they still a threat? Why are they still considered a third-world country when they have the second largest GDP?
Rey Trevino [00:10:17] And why are they not footing their bill for putting up and doing things to make the world a cleaner place? You know, here in America, we have cleaner engines in our emissions have dropped tremendously. We don’t have the acid rain anymore. We don’t have, you know, all that stuff.
Stuart Turley [00:10:34] Until a train wreck caused acid rain.
Rey Trevino [00:10:37] That’s true as well.
Stuart Turley [00:10:39] We talked about that on Monday.
Rey Trevino [00:10:41] We did. You’re right. You’re right. Sorry.
Matt Coday [00:10:44] You know, I wanted you to finish your question. I didn’t want to cut you off. And I apologize if I didn’t know. Stu, you’re absolutely right. This administration isn’t paying attention very much. States Palestine, Ohio. They’re giving a leave service.
Matt Coday [00:10:58] But come on, Joe Biden goes and visits all of our American taxpayer dollars in Ukraine, wherever he should be in Palestine, Ohio, paying attention to the problems here in the United States. Joe Biden talking with about climate change rather than focusing on the issues that are really pressing for America.
Matt Coday [00:11:16] You know, this radical environmental movement is going to kill our entire country. You know, we have some incredibly misguided and misinformed voters who listen to anger and politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who in 2019 said the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.
Matt Coday [00:11:33] Now, I’m not sure if you’ve ever been through the Grand Canyon or or a canyon or seen the great Rocky Mountains, but there are millions and millions and millions of years of the climate change in there. And I’m pretty sure that there’s going to be millions more. But we have a bunch of people in this country who’ve been told, Hey, look, we’ve got to stop this now. You brought up China. Why doesn’t Joe Biden or his administration bring up China’s carbon emissions? Because that’s all we hear about. We keep hearing that we need to decrease carbon emissions. We need to decarbonize the grid, which I think is absolutely foolish.
Matt Coday [00:12:05] And I think people in this country need to stop talking about decarbonizing the grid and quit capitulating to these radical environmentalists even a little bit. It incensed me, you know, whenever I was in Baltimore, Maryland, for the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, there was an Environmental Defense Fund attorney who well, I guess I said something stuck in his crawl.
Matt Coday [00:12:25] He interrupted a great presentation from a gentleman from North Dakota who was talking about carbon capture and storage. And I talked to this E.V.F attorney outside in the hall. I said, you know, your website says that you’ve got over 3 million members in the United States, China, Indonesia and Mexico.
Matt Coday [00:12:38] How is your environmental justice program going in China? And he said, Well, we don’t have one. I said, okay, how’s your racial equity program going in Venezuela? He said, We don’t have one of those.
Matt Coday [00:12:47] So, well, let me ask you about carbon capture and storage. I said, we’ve been talking about poor space law. Whose carbon are we pumping into the ground? And he says, well, most of its captured the source. I said, No, no, no, no, no, no. I get that. I said, But whenever we’re talking about direct air capture, whose carbon we pumping into the ground here in the United States, I said, Is it is it China’s? Is it Iran’s? Is it Russia’s? Is it Velezuela’s?
Matt Coday [00:13:07] He said, I don’t understand why you’re you’re asking this question. I said, here’s the reason I’m asking this question. I said, is that all you radical environmentalists keep trying to kill U.S. oil and gas jobs. You don’t pay any attention to the fact that China produces over twice the carbon emissions annually as the United States. And he said, Do you have a card? And he handed me a card with he handed me a card with pronouns on it. And from behind this mask, I think he smiled, but I’m not sure.
Stuart Turley [00:13:34] Well, that’s funny.
Rey Trevino [00:13:36] That is good, Matt. I tell you what, if you will, once again, that is Senate Bill 147. So we need to have all the citizens in Texas let their local representative know to vote yes for Senate Bill 47.
Matt Coday [00:13:52] That’s absolutely right. We want every Texan to be in favor of Senate Bill 147. There are some other bills moving through the legislature, legislature from both representatives and senators that we’re fully behind, and we’ll be updating those bills on our website at OGWAUSA .COM. We want people to follow along, to be informed, to pay attention to the bills that impact our families, our jobs, our whole lives, our great state of Texas and our nation.
Stuart Turley [00:14:19] Well.
Rey Trevino [00:14:20] If that’s the truth right there, I’ll tell you,.
Stuart Turley [00:14:23] It. Is The Crude Truth. hey let me make sure
Matt Coday [00:14:26] Getting to join used to Charlie and you, Ray Neal, is one of the highlights of my day. And that’s the crude truth.
Rey Trevino [00:14:34] No, thank you. Thank you very much, Matt.
Stuart Turley [00:14:38] Appreciate you.
Rey Trevino [00:14:39] We appreciate your time and we will see you again real soon.
Matt Coday [00:14:42] I thank you all.
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