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Port Arthur, Texas: American Sacrifice Zone

Environment  (tags: pollution, environment, destruction, ecosystems, sacrifice zones, environnmental destruction, healthconditions, humans, conservation, politics )

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After decades of neglect, residents of the Gulf Coast's most toxic public housing complex are preparing to get out. But in a city given over to oil refineries, is anywhere really safe?

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Kit B (276)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:39 am

yep, The stench of Houston is the smell of toxic fumes, the smell of money is handy excuse.

Anette S (22)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:01 pm
noted - outrageous!

Shirley S (187)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:11 pm
Noted with sympathy for the ailing residents of this hellhole.

Pogle S (88)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 8:47 pm
That's a horrible price to pay for our energy!

Trina Hawkins (24)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 8:47 pm
Noted ! Sad situation for everyone ! :(

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 9:43 pm

Valerie Delisle (56)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 10:40 pm
How very sad!! This is another 'Love Canal' situation.. The people cannot afford (financially) to move away and they cannot afford (healthwise) to stay..The fact that the United States is simply turning their backs on these residents is appalling.. The article written was insiteful and horrifying, all at once.

Sara V (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:13 am
Where is the law? If people are suffering due to such activity, there is supposed to be recourse in court. The facilities would have to clean up or shut down. I guess this is yet another of those instances where the government is subsidizing/pushing the obtaining, processing, and consumption of petroleum - and therefore there is no justice. This is exactly what is wrong with this country. There is no rule of law. The law is to be evenly applied to everyone. There are not to be favored people or organizations.

Does anyone else remember the interstate highways being pushed through using eminent domain? What was that for, so that our towns could be bypassed and favored companies could truck products (using gas) all over the country quickly to reap huge profits and kill our Main Streets? So that we would all be forced by the increasing economic centralization to commute longer distances, use more gas, and see our families and relax less? It never ends. They have constructed our system to depend upon petroleum - their product. Condoleeza Rice worked for Chevron, oversaw the invasion of Iraq and the nabbing of its oil fields, and shortly afterward Chevron named a 129,000-ton oil tanker after her. Coincidence? I think not. Absolutely sickening. It's time to take back our country, people!

Bill Moyers interview with Mark Leibovich, author of This Town - about the doings in our nation's capitol:

greenplanet e (155)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:29 am
No fair that some have to suffer so for oil and gas. Perhaps with "green" energies life would be cleaner for more people.

. (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 9:19 am
Now I know why I always avoided Houston when in Texas. I'm glad I no longer own an auto. The energy firm should be charged under international law for indirect genocide and terracide. Of course the plaintiff wouldn't win would they.

Malgorzata Z (198)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:53 pm

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:57 pm
Noted , glad I live in a small town !
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