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.
Photo of the city formerly known as Houston from stmu_mike’s photostream