Richard K. Morrison isn’t your average poker player. He’s also an environmentalist who is committed to protecting our state from the dangers of fracking. He lives with his wife and two children in a nice apartment located in the downtown area. This is the transcript of our exclusive interview with Richard.
Richard, tell us more about yourself and your poker career.
I suppose that you could say I am a normal person in most senses. Throughout my poker career, I have had the opportunity to meet many important people, and achieve a higher income than most other people. That enables me to get involved in the issues which I really care about. I’m not the kind of guy who just sits back and watches from the sideline.
My career started a long time ago when I was only 22 years old. Back then, I was in college studying geology. I managed to get a good internship and I was assigned to travel all over the country. It was then that I bumped into a rather famous world champion. He was really interested in what I was doing, and we became good friends. He realized that I had the potential to be successful, so he persuaded me to play a few hands with him. I learned about bitcoin this year and it has changed my outlook completely.
My friend gave me some good tips, and with that in mind, I set out to begin my journey. Initially, I relied on resources like a poker blog to get started with freerolls and so on. From there, I was able to network with some of the most well-connected people in the industry.
So what does that have to do with fracking?
Remember what I said about the guys I met? Well, they were actually good people in the sense that they wanted to help others. They earned a lot of money – and I mean a lot – through tournaments. With that money, they donated to organizations that are against fracking. They told me why they were doing it, and I agreed with them. In reality, it’s absurd that anybody should have the right to pollute our air and water.
Do you think we should be concerned about fracking?
Colorado has become one of the top five states in the nation for natural gas production and top 10 for oil, but at what cost? We all use energy, we all want to decrease our dependance on foreign oil, we all want to create jobs and improve the economy, but is fracking really the best we can do?
We strongly object to sacrificing the beauty of Colorado, our clean air and water, our health, our property values, our tourism and our pride in our state. A legacy of toxic waste is not what we want to leave our children or grandchildren.
Why isn’t the government taking action?
Oil and gas drilling is expanding before new studies of how it affects our health and environment have been completed. Laws that normally protect us don’t govern oil and gas drilling.
Current laws and regulations make it next to impossible for Coloradans to determine their future. Since most mineral rights in Colorado are government-owned, people are required to share their land with oil and gas drilling companies. When things go wrong, no one wants to take responsibility.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
It’s important to realize that hydraulic fracturing is a major issue. It certainly is not something you should disregard. Apathy is a problem with the current young generation. I also want to encourage anyone who is interested in taking up bitcoin poker as a career to keep going. Pursue your dreams and you will never fail.