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Going Backwards: Texas House Moves to Gut Municipal Fracking Bans


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Going Backwards: Texas House Moves to Gut Municipal Fracking Bans

- Common Dreams staff

The Texas House overwhelmingly approved a bill on Friday that would gut the power of municipalities to pass anti-fracking rules, angering environmentalists and cities across the state.


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When corporate governments ignore the will of the people it is time to defy them. They are using the very tactics they honed brutalizing and destabilizing nations across the globe so now they come to prey on their own population. Time for total, rolling non cooperation.


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There are lots of conservatives in those towns who support the fracking bans. So what do they think now about the heavy hand of their corporate-owned stated government? That these state’s (read corporate) rights trump you local control.

Right now the legal battles put the spotlight on corporate ownership of (republican especially) politicians in Texas as the first step to reversing the growing anti-justice legal precedents.


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These legislators talk a lot about free markets and competition. They go on endlessly about federal over reach into the local affairs of the states. They call for an end to EPA regulation of green house gases and carbon pollution. They deny anthropogenic global warming and climate change and call it a hoax, an attempt to extort public funding for green energy scams.

What it all comes down to is they are owned lock, stock and barrel by the oil and gas industry and they use their power to stifle the emerging markets in renewable wind and solar energy. They are hostile to competition when it impacts the market share of their corporate benefactors. They engage in legislative over reach to stifle local control of public health and safety ordinances.

Instead of using the nice term “corporatism” why not just call this behavior what it is? This is what “fascism” looks like. When government toadies increasingly represent private corporate interests and private profit, at the expense of the public interest for which they were sworn to serve and defend. These hypocrites look like modern American fascists.

The good side of this issue is that now you know who they are and who needs to be targeted in the next elections. They are bipartisan and none of them represent democracy or the public trust.

Call them what they are and let them defend themselves at the polls.


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States’ rights yes, communities’ rights no. See the logic? Of course not; there is none.


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Why does there seem to be such a disconnect between polls, votes and legislation?


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What % of the people believe election results are real?


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Gee,

The same kind of thing happened in 1770. The Crown refuse to honor measures passes by the Boston Town Council which led to the Imperial Governor Hutchingson disbanding the Citizen’s Boston Town Council altogether. Bostonians told him to phuck off and met outside anyway under the Liberty Tree.

Big Oil must be broken up into a million pieces before all our drinking water is flammable. This bribery system of a government is not working for us at all.


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They should vote the assHoles out of office…That is the only defense voters have against big powers.