Thursday, January 17, 2008

Everything's bigger in Texas...including pollution

It's an awful thing to be known for, but there's no reason to be surprised when our governor wanted to build 11 more coal plants, despite the opposition from a majority of Texans.

The headquarters state of America's oil industry spewed 670 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in 2003, enough that Texas would rank seventh in the world if it were its own country, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The amount is more than that of California and Pennsylvania — the second- and third-ranking states — combined.

Of course, it's not like it's even mostly Perry's fault, especially not when we've got people like this living here:

Debbie Howden, an Austin real estate agent, said her family of six has two pickup trucks, three SUVs, and no apologies. "I would definitely put size and safety over the emissions thing," said Howden, 55. She calls their high fuel bills a "necessary evil."

Yeah, our continued involvement in the Middle East because of oil can also be called a necessary evil, which is partially true. It is evil. But hey, we can't ask people to give up their god-given right to huge vehicles that take up too much space and burn too much gas, can we? We can't worry about that "emissions thing" too much, you know; that leads to us not being able to do whatever the hell we want no matter the cost to our economy and environment. We wouldn't want that, would we?

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