Math Problem: TX > CA + PA

Good news, Eco Super Friends. When you and I depart Earth aboard the Tom Cruise mothership to Planet Woolybully, we can rest easy knowing that California has had a smaller carbon footprint than Texass.

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.

My favorite part of the article is about Austin real estate agent Debbie Howden. She has a family of six with two pickup trucks and three SUVs.

“I would definitely put size and safety over the emissions thing,” said Howden, 55. She calls their high fuel bills a “necessary evil.”

Thanks, Debbie. You’re a moron. But, it looks like you have an entire country state to back you up.

While states such as like California and New York are moving quickly to address global warming, the issue has prompted only scattered calls for reforms here. GOP leaders in Texas have refused to make emissions reduction a priority, and Republican Gov. Rick Perry has expressed doubt as to whether global warming is even a manmade problem.

Oh, Texass. Why do you hate Earth? At this rate, you will never reach OT VIII.

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4 thoughts on “Math Problem: TX > CA + PA”

  1. Nice Post Jason. I can tell you that significant progress has been made, I see it nearly daily.

    I do not miss the days of it smelling like a wet old aluminum screen. Nor it burning your eyes and throat. When we first moved the SGV in 94 my daughter started getting pneumonia and had mild asthma all of a sudden. Kaiser told us that the air in the SGV was so much worse than even the “Valley” kids there had a lot more episodes of both those ailments. A few years passed and now all that is a distant memory. Why? Be cause more days than not the air is clear enough I can see the mountains above me and Rose Hills to the south. Progress, yes and we can’t ever drop our gaurd.

  2. Fraz, you caught the better end of it. There’s been a lot of progress made in the last 14 years, but it’s even more notable if you consider the 20 before that. I still remember the “First Stage Smog Alerts” of the 70s, when I was in elementary school in Glendora. Schools wouldn’t let the kids outside to play at recess, and the news advised not leaving your house.

    Things have gotten MUCH better, though. Upon returning from a recent trip to China, I was quite happy to get back to breathing that fresh(ish) L.A. air.

  3. I’m sure the air in Texas is intolerable, but let’s not sugarcoat how it is in southern California. We’re breathing in all kinds of nafty stuff here in L.A., no doubt.

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