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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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"the state is in the best position to ensure public safety." Absolutely not so. Local people have the greater knowledge of the effects to their local environment and what would protect the safety and well being of their community.

Passage of this bill will ring in the death of representative governance, our republic. I stand with these folks in building democracy from the local level upwards. To fail is to carry the weight of shackles and live under the strain of the King, corporations.


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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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Historian Ray Raphael has recounted how, in 1774, residents of several Massachusetts Towns, including Worchester, Springfield, and Great Barrington, forced appointed British officials to resign their posts:
When British Regulars fired upon a small group of hastily assembled patriots on the Lexington Green, they were attempting to regain control of a colony they had already lost. The real revolution, the transfer of political authority to the American patriots, occurred the previous summer when thousands upon thousands of farmers and artisans seized power from every Crown-appointed official in Massachusetts outside of Boston.
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The Revolution of 1774 can be seen as the crowning achievement of communal self-government in colonial New England. More than ever before, people assumed collective responsibility for the fate of their communities.
Above all, the revolutionaries of 1774 pioneered the concept of participatory democracy, with all decisions made by popular consent. Half a century before the so-called Jacksonian Revolution, they seized control of their government. While more learned patriots expounded on Lockean principles, these country folk acted according to those principles by declaring their social contract with the established government null and void. Although the consequences were frightening and potentially disastrous, the townfolk of Massachusetts were the first American colonists to follow revolutionary rhetoric to its logical conclusion.
All authority derives from the people, they proclaimed, as they deposed British officials. As much as any revolutionaries in history, they applied this statement reflexively to themselves. They abrogated no authority as they went about their business.
Ray Raphael, The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord at 1, 218-219 (2002).

Happened to be handy.


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