The one thing a Texas Republican is afraid of these days is drawing a tea party-backed primary opponent. So when a conspiracy theory whips up fear among the electorate, legislators are less likely to calm voters with facts and logic.
Our state's chief executives are tripping over themselves rationalizing BP's actions. The jury is out on whether BP has taken 'all the right actions,' as Mr. Abbott claims. BP certainly has not been accurate in its statements.
In a most regrettable conclusion for the people of Texas, the Texas Attorney General aided potential defendants in the Gulf disaster by denying deaths, economic and sub-surface ecological damages preceding visible oil on our shores.