The Huffington Post | By John Celock
A Republican candidate for Texas attorney general says the Lone Star State’s energy production practices have helped position Texas to be an “independent nation.”
Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman, a candidate in the 2014 state attorney general’s race, told WND.com earlier this week that he believes Texas’s energy and economic practices will protect the state should the overall American economy collapse. He said Texas would be able to survive since it has the necessary resources and does not need to depend on other states for help. Dallasnews.com reported on Smitherman’s comments Thursday afternoon.
Smitherman told WND.com:
“We are uniquely situated because we have energy resources, fossil and otherwise, and our own independent electrical grid. Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation, an ‘island nation’ if you will, and I think we want to continue down that path so that if the rest of the country falls apart, Texas can operate as a stand-alone entity with energy, food, water and roads as if we were a closed-loop system.”
Smitherman did not call for Texas to secede from the United States, however.
The Texas Railroad Commission regulates the oil and gas industry in the state. Smitherman was first appointed to the commission by Gov. Rick Perry (R) in 2011 and won a statewide election for the seat in 2012. Prior to becoming a railroad commissioner, Smitherman was chairman of the Texas Public Utilities Commission, a position he was appointed to by Perry.
Texas road commissioner and state attorney general candidate Barry Smitherton said Texas has the tools to be an “independent nation.” (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Smitherman told WND.com that he has seen energy firms move from New York to Texas to escape a pending economic collapse. He also said he has worked to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement activities. On his campaign…Continued here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/05/barry-smitherman-texas_n_3876282.html