Environmentalism in Texas and lack of in Brazil

Texan Randy Black finds any comparison between environmentalism in Amazonia and Texas worse than odious:

While clear cutting appears to be the norm in the Amazon, the timber industry in Texas is required to and does in fact replace the timber harvested. Currently, the same timber is in its third or fourth generation of harvest in the east Texas region known as the Big Thicket. As such, trees that were harvested more than a century ago, are today being harvested for the third or fourth cycle.
In Texas, we have elementary schools in West Texas that have pumping oil wells on their properties, wells that have been productive for decades, having never spilled one drop. The income from those wells has funded Texas school education since the 1940s. In East Texas, fields that have finally been pumped out, some dating from the Dad Joiner/HL Hunt wildcatting 1930s, are today pristine areas with no evidence of prior energy development. I recall traveling up and down a particular highway as a youngster, on the way with my parents to a family farm 100 miles east of Dallas, and wondering about the hundreds of derricks along both sides of state highway 37 between Minneola and Quitman, Texas. Last weekend, I went fishing at in the same locale and there is no indication that there were ever wells in the area; nothing but miles and miles of pine forests and the occasional fields with cows, sheep, horses and deer.
Certainly there is environmental damage from time to time, but to equate the Amazon with Texas is not a realistic comparison.

RH: Things have certainly changed in Texas since I was there a long, long time ago. I imagine that Lady Bird Johnson was responsible for the cleanup. Her eldest daughter is Linda Bird Johnson, which suggests a family of bird-lovers, which Ima Hogg does not. It is generally thought that Democrats are better environmentalists than Republicans, but I refrain from discussing that topic with Randy.

Ronald Hilton 2004


last updated: February 27, 2005