The state government gave the TRC the responsibility to regulate oil and gas production in the state of Texas. The TRC in turn regulated well spacing, depletion rates, forced unitizing of property parcels astride the oil fields, and thus indirectly set the price of oil. And these controls worked, were replicated in other states, and the TRC essentially controlled the price of oil in the United States for the next 50 years. Interestingly, the Texas Railroad Commission was set up to deal with overbuilding and tariff exploitation by railroad companies, yet another tragedy of the commons situation.
Over the course of his career, Hardin wrote 27 books and over 350 articles, many of which were frank in their racism and quasi-fascist ethnonationalism. Nevertheless, whenever Hardin’s views are presented to the public, the white nationalism that unified his thought is invariably glossed over. In general, the only places to find open discussions of the entirety of Hardin’s thought are on white supremacist websites, where he is celebrated as a hero. Articles and comments on , , and The Occidental Quarterly , not to mention publications Hardin personally contributed to like The Social Contract and Chronicles , recognize Hardin as one of the intellectual pillars of modern scientific racism and white separatism. After his death, John Tanton and Wayne Lutton founded the Garrett Hardin Society to continue Hardin’s mission of transforming environmentalism into a weapon to use against immigrants, minorities and poor nations.