The bigger picture of the aggressive tactics industry is using to silence critics is finally geting more coverage.
For years, the oil and gas industry has adopted a war-like mentality towards its critics. When confronted with problems caused by drilling and fracking, instead of acknowledging them and working to prevent more, their approach has too often been to cover up the issues while attacking any critics who make problems known publicly.
This pattern has sharply accelerated in recent months.
Another part of this bigger picture is how the industry dog-whistled to the GOP members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and they responded by wasting taxpayer’s money in a sham hearing meant to further intimidate an already cowed EPA. In Texas we say you’ve got to Dance with the One That Brought You and that is exactly what these committee members are doing.
Two of the most vocal committee members calling for this hearing are also the recipients of the most money from the oil and gas industry.
Jim Inhofe has received $1,298,450. You can see his dance partners HERE.
I would like to offer up this dance tune for the hearing.