Barry Smitherman was elected to replace Elizabeth Jones as chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission.
When I heard the news a line from an old Herman’s Hermits song popped into my head: “Second verse, same as the first.”
Here are some folks who support Smitherman: Americans for Prosperity Applauds Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman
Here is some information about those folks: “Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a group fronting special interests started by oil billionaire David Koch and Richard Fink (a member of the board of directors of Koch Industries).”
Here is why they like him: “‘Smitherman joins more than 575 bipartisan lawmakers and candidateson the federal, state and local levels pledging to “oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.’” Source