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Hurricane Harvey left Houston residents breathing benzene

After Hurricane Harvey’s flooding caused an oil tank in Houston’s Manchester neighborhood to cave in, private monitors found benzene levels that far exceeded health guidelines By Lisa Song and Al Shaw, ProPublica, and Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune As a longtime resident of Manchester, Guadalupe Hernandez is used to the chemical smells that waft through his southeast Houston, […]

September 18th

Pruitt continues to destroy the EPA: Letting the lease expire on their Houston lab

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to let the lease on its state-of-the-art Houston laboratory expire in 2020. And nobody at the agency is saying whether space for the laboratory will be leased somewhere else in Houston or nearby or even whether the lab itself will continue at all. Environmental advocates and labor union officials are not happy. They […]

September 15th

After Hurricane Harvey, can we please rebuild our infrastructure in a way that makes sense?

At The Conversation, Thaddeus R. Miller and Mikhail Chester write—6 rules for rebuilding infrastructure in an era of ‘unprecedented’ weather events. By Meteor Blades Unfortunately, Harvey delivered and then some with early estimates of the damage at over US$190 billion, which would make it the costliest storm in U.S. history. The rain dumped on the Houston area by Harvey has been […]

September 11th

James Howard Kunstler – Hurricane Irma brings involuntary urban renewal to Florida

Further proof, as if more were needed, that God is rather cross with the world’s number one exceptional nation: Hurricane Irma is tracking for a direct hit on Disney World. In the immortal words of the Talking Heads: This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around. By James Howard Kunstler Houston is […]

September 8th

From six months ago: Hell and high water – Houston is a sitting duck for the next big hurricane

In light of this week’s disastrous flooding from Hurricane Harvey, we thought we’d revisit this prophetic piece from ProPublica. Just six months ago, they asked: “Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And […]

September 1st

Hurricane Harvey: How Pruitt and Abbott helped burning Texas chemical plant break the rules

It’s one of those stories we know all too well. A company prone to spreading environmental hazards  – in this case, the global chemical giant Arkema – also spreads cash to politicians. It gets cited – and modestly fined – for violating protective rules it has fought to keep from being imposed. The piddly fines don’t […]

September 1st

James Howard Kunstler: The hot mess in Houston will never be the same after Hurricane Harvey

It wasn’t until more than a week after Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans in 2005 that the full extent of the damage was recognized and so it will go with the hot mess where Houston used to be. Mostly, it is inconceivable that the business activity which made Houston the nation’s fourth largest city […]

September 1st