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« Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 803 -- Republican Wave Election In 2010? | WILLisms.com | Honor Memorial Day. »

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 804 -- Leave Texas Alone.

EPA Takes Over Texas Refineries-

The Obama administration is not letting this oil seep crisis go to waste, and they are using it to implement all kinds of anti-drilling measures. They're also seizing permitting control of dozens of Texas refineries and other facilities.

Texas is doing just fine reducing emissions and promoting alternative energy sources, without these kinds of draconian (and counterproductive) federal takeovers.

From 2004-2007, for example, Texas reduced carbon dioxide emissions by double-digits (10.9%), which was good enough for second best in the country. Only 17 states reduced emissions at all during this period:


By the way, this data is from a liberal environmentalist group called Environment Texas, so save the "paid for by Exxon Mobil" schtick.

Texas is also making improvements on other types of emissions.

Texas produces a fifth of the nation's crude oil, a fourth of the nation's fuel supply, a fourth of the nation's natural gas, roughly 60% of the nation's chemicals. Since 2000, the population in Texas has grown by nearly 3.5 million people.

Yet, over the same frame of time, statewide ozone levels have fallen 22% and nitrogen oxide levels have fallen 46%:


Per capita carbon dioxide emissions in Texas are down 17% from 1990-2007 and 8% from 2004-2007. Texas went from 9th per capita to 14th per capita from 1990 to 2007. Specifically, industrial emissions (which are what the Obama administration is allegedly concerned about, here) are down 25% in Texas from 2004-2007.

Of the 10 metropolitan statistical areas with the highest ozone values for 2006-2008, none are in Texas, despite the number of large and growing cities in our state. Not a single county in Texas is in non-attainment for fine particulate matter, and there really is no real crisis that would warrant Washington interjecting itself into the situation and overriding the successful program we have in our state.

When Republicans eventually take power again in Washington, we should make it our mission to reduce the power of the federal government. States should not have to endure this sort of madness from the EPA.

The crux of this issue:

1. Texas is improving its environment, while continuing to grow economically and add jobs.

The Texas model stresses working with businesses to achieve results, which is far from the EPA's top-down, antagonistic way.

2. The federal government doesn't care about results. They care about process. They care about everyone following their one-size-fits-all way. Red tape. Bureaucracy. That Bill Lumbergh-ish sort of thing.

The people in charge in Washington aren't concerned about improving the environment. They're more concerned with expanding their own power and punishing those who deign to achieve success in their own ways.

3. The likely consequence of this federal takeover: numerous thousands of lost jobs, and Texas' success in reducing emissions may be compromised.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Odds For Republican Wave Election In 2010.

Posted by Will Franklin · 28 May 2010 08:38 AM


Could these facts have any bearing on the decision of the administration to take over Texas' permitting?
1. The first refinery to by hit by the change is the Flint Hills refinery in Corpus Christi. Flint Hills is owned by Koch. The Koch family are big contributors to the Republican party.
2. Forcing Gov. Perry into court to try to reverse this change will make it easier to tar him as pro-pollution if he runs against Mr. Obama in 2012.
This looks like a win-win for the administration, even if it is eventually reversed.

Posted by: Dave at May 29, 2010 08:57 PM