FROM Ellen Gilmer
When It Comes to Fracking, Big Government Trumps Local Control Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is moving America toward energy independence. Fracking uses large volumes of water under high pressure to free oil and natural gas deposits from underground shale. The EPA says it can contaminate aquifers and create unhealthy air. It's even said to cause earthquakes. But when 59 percent of Denton, Texas, voted to ban fracking for natural gas, they were over-ruled by state politicians . Oklahoma has also banned fracking bans. Are the rights of oil companies with absentee owners taking precedence over community health and safety? We hear what's at stake for the nation's economy.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?