5 things to know about Houston before the Dem debate
by Tim Donaghy
September 10, 2019
This is why Houston is the “energy capital of America.”
This week the eyes of the country are turning to Houston for the Democratic Primary debate. It’s the perfect place to say loud and clear: WE’RE IN A CLIMATE EMERGENCY.
We have just over a decade to take drastic steps to cut carbon pollution, or face devastating consequences: extreme weather disasters, political instability, food and water shortages, and more. In the face of this threat, the Trump administration backed by the oil industry — is rolling back standards that protect our health and the environment and calling for expanding dirty sources of energy. And the production of oil and gas — the primary drivers of climate change — is skyrocketing in the U.S., with much of it coming from Texas.
A fire at Exxon Mobil’s ethane cracker plant is billowing black smoke over over Baytown, Texas, causing officials to issue a “shelter in place” advisory. https://t.co/ggSOGMETS1
— Alexander Kaufman (@AlexCKaufman) July 31, 2019
— Sierra Club (@SierraClub) March 29, 2019
4. Houston is home to a vibrant Environmental Justice movement
“Even in a first-world, developed country, we have the types of human rights violations people would expect to see in the third world,” said Yvette Arellano, tour guide and TEJAS’ policy, research and grassroots advocate. https://t.co/H2cmMShuZi
— t.e.j.a.s. (@tejasbarrios) February 11, 2019