This is a walleyed snot nosed hissy fit. I have a couple of these every year and it’s now for this one.
Texas and Oklahoma are having earthquakes because of fracking. Heck, you don’t have to be a hula dancer to know that stuff is gyrating under your feet. You can burn our water to stay warm in the winter.
In an especially fractious split, the day after the state’s energy and environment cabinet acknowledged that the “recent rise in earthquakes cannot be entirely attributed to natural causes,” state lawmakers passed two bills to limit the ability of localities to decide if they want to allow fracking and drilling nearby.
And in Texas.
House lawmakers moved to bar cities from banning fracking and enacting a wide variety of other oil and gas-related ordinances in an action that critics call an affront to local control.
Backers rebuffed arguments that the bill would overturn ordinances that have long been in place in some cities.
I’d like to blame the GOP dominated legislature in Texas, but I can’t. Many Democrats supported this bill, dammit.
Republicans can’t seem to explain why Federal overreach is bad but state overreach is good. Democrats can’t seem to explain why they voted for something specifically addressed in the state party platform as being bad for Texas.
Everybody tells me that I can’t talk about the Democrats who bucked their party and the health and well-being of their constituents. Democrats are a minority in Texas so we have to stick together, they say.
I say caca del toro.
If you don’t walk like a Democrat and talk like a Democrat, then you’re not a Democrat.
Look, I don’t expect my politicians to vote like I want them to 100% of the time. But on issues of public safety and Texas water, I expect them to come down on the side of the party platform. I did not spend three weeks of my life helping to draft a platform only to have them crap all over it.
One of my friends suggested that maybe these Democrats had made a deal and will get something in exchange. Maybe so. But it better be more than a damn suitcase full of money. They better have walked out of that smoke filled back room with more than smoke in their eyes. And if they made a deal, they have more faith in Republicans sticking to deals than I do.
The next time I am asked why Democrats in Texas don’t vote, I’m going to give them a list of the Democrats who sold us out over fracking.
Dammit. Dammit. Dammit.