How damn dumb does he think Texans are? We know what we are paying at the pump and no company can post an increase in profits in one quarter of 14% if profit is remaining the same. It seems Mr Williams has a bad case of Republican mathitis (any lie will do to make the corporate giants look good).
I am thinking the Daisetta Sinkhole must have taken part of RRC Williams brain down the drain.
The Railroad Commission under Williams has become known for passing questionable costs on to consumers, not stopping pollution caused from injecting into the ground the saltwater brines created by oil and gas drilling, allowing urban drilling for gas in the Fort Worth area, and being slow to require natural gas companies to replace faulty pipe couplings which cause explosions. All of this while members are running for reelection with donations from the people and companies in the oil and gas business that they are supposed to regulate.
What do I mean by “paid protector?” The Texas Railroad Commission has the primary responsibility to oversee oil and gas production in Texas and make sure that producers FOLLOW THE LAW when exploring, drilling, and producing oil and gas. Oil and gas are great economic engines for our state, and I don’t begrudge them for making a profit. But it’s in our best interest for us to ensure that they do so safely, and without contaminating our air, drinking water or endangering our workers, communities, crops and homes.
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UPDATE: McBlogger weighs in
For my part, Williams’ defense of big oil’s record profits betrays a stunning naivete at best, willful ignorance (or a willingness to lie) at worst.
Is this REALLY the best you Republicans can do? Really? Tina Fish, is this the man you want to be your standard bearer? Someone who’s either too dumb to get how capitalism works or lies just for the hell of it?
My prediction? No one in the real world is dumb enough to believe Williams. And they’re going to turn on him on November. And I’ll laugh and laugh.