|Retired Geologist: 2014.
Consulting Petrophysicist in the oil and gas business: 2004 to 2013.
Geoscience software trainer, tester and developer: 2000-2004.
Petroleum Geologist with a major international oil company: 1980-1999.
Geological Engineer in Tripoli, Libya: 1977-1980.
Geology Interpreter of magnetotelluric data in Austin: 1975-1976.
Geology degrees from Ohio State University (BS 1969, MS 1973).
|1. Make education in Texas best: Restore funding, reform ways - fewer tests, more teachers.
2. Women's rights: Make it easier for local clinics to stay open; family planning for all.
3. Health care for all: Make it law to accept Medicaid money from the federal government.
4. The death penalty should be illegal; innocent people have been executed.
I wanted to list only THREE TOP ISSUES; I could not stop at 3.
Eight years ago, the first time I thought about doing this, I had a "Top 10" list, and then ten more. Most of them were the same as they are now. Are we making any progress?
I'll add more to this list as we go along.
I want to know what you think.
So many issues, so little time.
5. Water Policy - as a geologist, as a landowner along the banks of Cypress Creek, and on other counts I feel duty-bound to study up on this issue so as to represent all stakeholders for a sane policy, not first-come, first-served. That "law of capture" rule makes no sense today. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_law_in_the_United_States]
6. Legislate acceptance of Medicaid money. Turning away this funding, paid for by all of us, is simply unacceptable. Women's clinics are closing all across the state merely because a few politicians cannot accept that all people should be afforded choice.
7. Establish stronger guidelines for new technologies in oil and gas production. Hydraulic fracturing injected fluids should have their contents disclosed; baseline testing of water wells should be required before injection begins, especially for the waste liquids. Setbacks for operations from residential areas needs to be increased.
8. Water conservation needs to be encouraged. The rights of nature need to be considered as well as those of ranchers, industry, towns and cities.
9. We should restore and even increase funding for state parks, and consider supporting local parks.
10. Education should be about facts, not opinions. We need to keep creationism out of textbooks; if parents want their children to learn about that, it should be done at church. One does not believe in evolution, one accepts the overwhelming evidence. It is not a matter of faith, it is a matter of fact.
|Why Vote For Art Browning:|
|1. I give an option for "progressive" voters in this district. (No Democrat in the race.)
2. We must move ahead, rather than keeping things as they are. And don't go back!
3. Our government has made mistakes. Turn it around! IT'S NEARLY TOO LATE!
Seems like more often than not, the best thing "the Texas legislature does every other year is quit and go home." Ken Kramer, outgoing Sierra Club Lone Star leader, well-spoken spokesman, expert on water policy, is said to have said that decades ago. Molly Ivins could've said it. Nice sound bite; let's talk about it. If I win, should I limit myself to one session? What do you think about term limits? How about a lottery for office? Would you serve?
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|Mail: ||Art Browning for TX House 130|
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| ||Cypress, TX 77429|