Barry Smitherman Says He's Preparing Texas to Become "Island Nation" for U.S. Collapse

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Barry Smitherman: Fighting to secure the border ... possibly from the rest of America.
The way Railroad Commission Chairman and Texas Attorney General candidate Barry Smitherman tells it, the aim of his 10 years of public service was not brazen tub-thumping for the industry he regulates in order to shore up deep-pocketed benefactors for his political aspirations. It's only ever been about readying Texas for the coming economic collapse of the United States of America.

"We are uniquely situated because we have energy resources, fossil and otherwise, and our own independent electrical grid," he told noted conspiracy mill World Net Daily. "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."

Notwithstanding the fact that Texas has the most anemic electricity reserves in the country, Smitherman does have a point: We do in fact have a whole lot of oil. Oil, WND notes, Smitherman has almost single-handedly kept flowing via hydraulic fracturing, beating back attempts from President Barack Obama to stanch it. Texas oil production is at its highest since the mid-'80s.

In case you were laboring under the delusion that the Railroad Commission of Texas sees its charge as anything other than promoting the production of oil and gas as rapidly as possible, consequences be damned, Smitherman sets the record straight: "This was one of my goals at the Utility Commission and it is one my goals currently as chairman of the Railroad Commission. That's why I stress so vehemently oil and gas production, permitting turnaround times, and everything that enables the industry to produce as much as it can, as quickly as it can."

All that drilling and all that fracking? It's for the collapse, and a Lone Star that may soon be truly alone.

Over at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Bud Kennedy called Smitherman's political consultant, who attempted heroically to walk the candidate back off of that ledge. "It's all about energy independence," he explained, not establishing a "closed-loop system" for when the "rest of the country falls apart."

So, Kennedy called the WND writer. Nope, he said. Smitherman was definitely talking about the end of America.

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36 comments
jnwrthy
jnwrthy

I'm a 5th generation Texan and proud Daughter of the Texas Revolution, but I swear I will move out of this backwater hillbilly state if any more Teabaggers are elected.   Please, don't judge us by our elected officials.  We only gave them those jobs to keep them out of our hair!!



markzero
markzero

If he thinks we're going to be an island country, shouldn't he want to hoard our non-renewable resources for now?

Truth is, the money his industry friends make is a lot more tangible than the future.

nwbaxter11249
nwbaxter11249

Texas will be renamed Teabagistan when the the collapse happens.

ryan762
ryan762

Even with the oil and natural gas, cities like Amarillo will collapse when you pull funding for the largest employers (nuclear weapons, making those funny planes that used to crash all the time, and taking care of elderly people on Medicare).

Of course, Amarillo and Lubbock and all that aren't on the same power grid as the rest of the state, so I guess we're just going to cut those guys loose when the Island Nation stuff happens.

Sorry, Dad.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Oh look, Michelle Bachman squeezed out a talker!

ruddski
ruddski

I believe DC is now the richest town in the US, and it's infested with liberals and statists. Coincidence? Hah, eat cake, suckers.

 Obama had 57 Xmas trees in the WH, isn't that special?

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Why is no one addressing the elephant in the room??? How in the DFW area are we getting our beach front property on this "island"? Inquiring minds would like to know.

mcdallas
mcdallas

It seems you're attempting to post malformed content.

mwaster
mwaster

Shouldn't we want to save some oil for ourselves (instead of pumping it all and selling it) if the US is going to collapse? 

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

Oh my God.

That this man is even a declared candidate is damnation of Texas.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Boy your voice comment syst is merde.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Given his inbred intellectual abilities and his mindless obeisance to his industry, it'll be Gilligan's Island, with poisoned water and air.

Cathy Dunbar Rosselli
Cathy Dunbar Rosselli

We sure have all sorts here in Texas. Too many of these guys though. Betting on the failure of America, that's some real patriot.

Matt Fulls
Matt Fulls

The politicians in this state are such a joke

Jon Goerner
Jon Goerner

Quick! Let's blow all the bridges before we're awash in gay Mexican abortionists...

ryan762
ryan762

@whocareswhatithink There's a plan to provide beach front property to Dallas, but local officials also already have a plan to build a tollroad on it.

mcdallas
mcdallas

Anyone else getting this error?  What gives?  It's not like I'm posting about opportunities to make tons of $$$$$$ from the internet at home!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@mwaster 

Didn't you hear? USA has now got guaranteed petroleum supplies until "The Rapture".

ruddski
ruddski

@mcdallas 

Just abort. No-one wants a malformed comment.

This comment software is getting more and more refined as time goes on, soon it will be completely unworkable, but hopefully it's very expensive to make up for that.

"It's the Bomb! Time's up. syonara buds.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

@ruddski yup, 'New and Improved' is a cruel joke.  The Voice/livefyre coders need LESS Jolt.

KISS!!!!!!

how bout it, Gavin, less blame the user, and more  check of the SW.


as for 'malformed comments.... some are not the fault of the site SW, eh wot.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

@gavin.cleaver @mcdallas it's not.  if you watch a page load, you can see that initially it shows the comments. then the comments disappear as the Voice links up; then comments reappear; then if you are lucky, your handle will appear.  but the cookie recognition is so far down in the code/sequence that it often bombs, asking you to sign in. refresh the page.

also, its comment count is ridiculously off.  So, it is mst often the Voice linkage that is faulty.

thanx Gavin.  u the new webbie at DO?

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