The leader of the powerful Texas Railroad Commission is drawing attention for his comments about topics including the economy, energy policy and the future and some are interpreting his thoughts as possible preparation for the state to secede from the United States.
Barry Smitherman is in the race to be Texas’ next Attorney General and reportedly wants the state to be ready in case it needs to become an “independent nation.”
Think Progress reports that in an interview with WND, Smitherman argued that Texas not only has the capability to survive without the rest of the country, but is actively taking steps to prepare for that day.
“Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation,” Smitherman said. “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.”
When Smitherman talks about the future, he focuses on Texas, because he believes there might not be the rest of the United States, according to WND.
“One of the things I’ve focused on in the last 10 years of my public sector life is preparing Texas to be a prosperous and safe place to work, regardless of what happens outside our borders,” Smitherman said.
Smitherman also noted that Texas officials must do what they can to prepare the state.
“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,” he said.