What Are RP's Thoughts On Hydrofracking?Submitted by kevink on Tue, 07/05/2011 - 22:00
I'm guessing his opinion would be something like "companies are allowed to do what they want on their own land but if they affect others then they can be sued and can be forced to stop". In the case of hydrofracking, companies are leasing out other people's land and then basically poisoning it (assuming people's fears about hydrofracking are true).
So while I know RP is for small government, I wonder how that would work in this situation. Is the idea that companies can do anything until it's proven that what they're doing is dangerous? What if it took years to prove something like that and by that time, the damage was done (and was irreversible - since the toxins used in hydrofracking are supposedly non-biodegradable)? Plus big corporations have a lot of money at their disposals to hire the best lawyers or start smear campaigns, etc.
Note that my question is not specific only to hydrofracking. Even if hydrofracking turns out to be safe, there can always be something else that is dangerous to the environment.
Anyone know if RP has addressed this type of question?
As an aside, I am a big RP fan and absolutely plan to vote for him. This is just one topic where I'm not sure where he stands.