Does Dick Cheney Regret The Halliburton Loophole?
By Rich Bindell
In various interviews conducted to promote his book, In My Time—hitting stores this week—former Vice President Dick Cheney has expressed a no regrets, no remorse attitude regarding his two-term stint as Vice President, particularly about controversial topics like waterboarding and the basis for going to war. But, what about his horrible energy policy, specifically the Halliburton Loophole? Does he regret that decision?
Before his stint as Vice President, Cheney was the CEO of Halliburton, the corporation credited with inventing hydraulic fracturing. He played a critical role in exempting fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act and establishing an environment where the oil and gas industry could operate protected from regulations and fines that would have required higher standards of safety when it came to protecting our drinking water from dangerous chemicals.
While Cheney hops around the country promoting his book, people in states like New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are working tirelessly to try to protect their environment from an industry that Cheney allowed to run rampant. Thanks to Mr. Cheney, many residents who live near shale-drilling operations have to worry about water contamination, yet the energy companies who drill don’t have to worry about punishment. I wonder if Dick Cheney’s book tour will take him through some of the small Pennsylvania towns in the Marcellus Shale where some people can no longer drink their own tap water?
Huffington Post is giving people an opportunity to come up with their own questions that they would ask Cheney in interviews about his book. So far, there are only two questions posted, but they both pertain to closed-door meetings Cheney had with energy companies. I know that I would ask him if he’s able to sleep at night, knowing that he had a hand in creating an environment where people have to fight tooth and nail to protect a natural resource from the unethical practices of industry. What would you ask him?
With the sound bytes I’ve heard from Cheney that were taken from interviews, perhaps the book should be called, “Dick Cheney: I Just Don’t Care.”