Bigger, Maybe Not Better

RECEIVED Fri., June 12, 2020

Dear Editor,
    “Everything's bigger in Texas!” I, like many other Texans, affectionately toss this slogan around to express my pride in the state. But tragically, our iconic blue skies and pastoral landscapes are being threatened by unmatched methane emissions and enormous amounts of pollution from the oil and gas industry. That’s not the type of “bigger” anyone wants, but a new report from Environment Texas Research and Policy Center gives me hope for our future.
    The report urges the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) to curtail natural gas flaring. This is vital for a cleaner Texas because, every year, flaring in the Permian Basin emits nearly as much toxic nitrogen oxide as three mid-size coal-fired power plants. When put into these terms, it becomes clear that we must act soon.
    I’d like the RRC to take unabashed, concrete action to reduce flaring because a strong response now means a better life ahead.
John Beaubouef
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